Leonard Green, TPG and others complete take-private acquisition of Life Time Fitness

An investor group led by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG has closed its previously announced take-private buy of Chanhassen, Minnesota-based health club chain Life Time Fitness Inc. The deal is valued at more than $4 billion. Also, LNK Partners and Bahram Akradi, chairman and CEO of Life Time, were among the transaction’s key investors. As a result of the acquisition’s completion, Life Time has stopped trading on the New York Stock Exchange.


American Securities recaps Aspen Dental

American Securities has recapitalized Aspen Dental. Leonard Green & Partners is the seller. Financial terms weren’t announced. Green acquired Aspen Dental in 2010. Aspen provides non-clinical business support services to dental practices in approximately 30 states.


Leonard Green to sell Scitor for $790 mln

Science Applications International Corp. said Sunday it has agreed to buy Scitor Corp. from Leonard Green & Partners for $790 milLion cash. SAIC’s board has approved the deal, which is expected to close in May. Reston, Virginia-based Scitor provides engineering, management consulting and information services to federal and commercial industries in the U.S. Citigroup Global Markets advised Scitor while Sagent Advisors provided financial advice to Leonard Green.


Fast food restaurant chain Shake Shack files for IPO-Reuters

Fast food chain Shake Shack Inc, which grew out of a hot dog stand in New York’s Madison Square Park, has filed for an initial public offering at a time when stock offerings by casual restaurants have proven to be a big hit with investors, Reuters reported.


Leonard Green closes buy of Packers Holdings

Leonard Green & Partners has completed its buy of Packers Holdings from Harvest Partners. Financial terms weren’t announced. Kieler, Wis.-based Packers provides sanitation for more than 450 food processing plants every day. Harris Williams & Co. and Moelis & Co. provided financial advice to Packers. Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, General Electric Capital Corp. and Crescent Mezzanine provided financing.


Shake Shack picks JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley to lead IPO: Reuters

Shake Shack, the fast-food restaurant chain that has developed a cult following for its ‘Shackburgers’, ‘flat-top’ hot dogs and eponymous shakes, has selected JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N) to lead a proposed initial public offering.


Lululemon in talks about possible buyout – WSJ

Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Dennis Wilson’s advisers have been talking to private equity firms to find out if they are interested in buying the yoga gear maker, the Wall Street Journal reported, writes Reuters. Leonard Green & Partners is among the interested parties, according to reports.


Monroe fires Woo for allegedly taking confidential info; Woo fires back

Monroe Capital LLC is suing Warren Woo, a former managing director, for allegedly stealing information to help launch a rival firm, Breakaway Capital. In response, Woo called the suit a “direct retaliation” for his complaints about management and said the firm knew of his desire to leave for several months

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