Apax to buy Azelis

3i has agreed to sell Atlas Holding SA, the holding company of the Azelis Group, to Apax Partners. Financial terms weren’t announced. Azelis is a pan-European speciality chemical distributor. 3i acquired a majority of Azelis in 2007. JP Morgan is providing financing. UBS acted as financial advisor to the Apax funds while Greenhill acted as financial advisor to 3i.


Pritzker Group Private Capital hires Blackstone, TPG, UBS execs

Pritzker Group Private Capital has hired three professionals to its Los Angeles office. The new Los Angeles team includes former Blackstone Group managing director Michael Dal Bello as an investment partner on the healthcare investment team. Dal Bello is joined by Ceron Rhee as vice president in healthcare, a former vice president at TPG Capital; and Evan Earley, associate, who joins from UBS, where he worked as an analyst.


TPG invests in CAA

TPG has acquired a majority stake in Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency, which represents top entertainment and sports professionals. No financial terms were disclosed. UBS and LionTree Advisors provided financial advice to CAA in the transaction.


Permira inks $3.51 bln sale of Arysta LifeScience

Platform Specialty Products Corp. said Monday it has agreed to buy Arysta LifeScience for about $3.51 billion. Arysta, a crop protection and life science companies, is backed by Permira. Permira is expected to receive about $2.91 billion in cash and a $600 million in a preferred note in Platform. Credit Suisse, Barclays, UBS Investment Bank and Nomura Securities International acted as M&A advisors to Platform. Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Nomura have committed financing for the acquisition. Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan provided financial advice to Permira.


Allstate Investments expands team with a hire and a promotion

Allstate Investments has hired Russell K. Mayerfeld as a senior managing director and promoted Peter Keehn to managing director of private equity investing. Mayerfeld is the former managing director of investment banking at UBS and its predecessors while Keehn first joined Allstate in 2003 a director to head the company’s then $450 million alternative assets portfolio.


Goldman, Rhône Capital buy Neovia Logistics

Platinum Equity said Monday it sold Neovia Logistics to Goldman Sachs and Rhône Capital. Financial terms weren’t announced. Neovia Logistics provides warehouse management and fulfillment services, distribution solutions and logistics services. Platinum Equity acquired 65 percent of the business, formerly Caterpillar Logistics Services, in July 2012 while Caterpillar retained a 35 percent stake. Macquarie Capital and UBS served as financial advisors to Platinum Equity. Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank Securities acted as financial advisors to the buyer.


VC-backed HubSpot raises $125 mln for IPO

HubSpot raised $125 million for its IPO after pricing its 5 million shares at $25 per share. The stock began trading Wednesday on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “HUBS.” Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and UBS were the lead underwriters. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., HubSpot is a marketing software provider. Its backers include General Catalyst, Matrix Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Charles River Ventures.


Lenders cowed by Fed rebuke on US leveraged loans: IFR

The Federal Reserve’s rebuke to Credit Suisse for failing to adhere to US leveraged lending guidelines is having an industry-wide effect as banks bow to regulatory pressures and start pulling back from underwriting highly leveraged loans, according to sister magazine Reuters IFR.


Centerview Partners hires two partners

Centerview Partners has hired Robin Budenberg and Nick Reid as partners. Previously, Budenberg was chief executive and then chairman of UK Financial Investments while Reid worked at UBS, where he led the UK investment banking business before becoming co-head of the European business.

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General Catalyst looks for payday with HubSpot IPO

Marketing software provider HubSpot Inc, which has raised about $100 million in venture capital, on Monday registered for an initial public offering. The filing shows that VCs own 66 percent of the company, led by General Catalyst Partners, which owns about 27 percent.

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