AnaCap to exit French insurance broker AOG

AnaCap Financial Partners has agreed to sell French insurance broker AssurOne Group to Societe Centrale Prevoir SA. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), the specialist European financial services private equity firm, today announces that it has signed an exclusivity arrangement for the sale of AssurOne Group (“AOG”) to Societe Centrale Prevoir SA. AOG is a French insurance broker that specialises in both the online distribution and management of personal insurance products. AnaCap acquired AOG from Seventure Partners, Bpifrance and the company founders in June 2014 (see more via http://www.anacapfp.com/media/25377/anacap-completes-buyout-ofassurone-group.pdf). Initially focused on the direct sale of insurance products, the company successfully developed a wholesale activity through a network of brokers and a white-labelling activity with corporate partners. Following its start as a mono-supplier, AOG has now established relationships with all the major carriers (including AXA, AIG, Generali, Europ Assistance, Metlife, La Mondiale
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Ancor sells Simply Fresh Foods to Lakeview Farms

Ancor Capital Partners has sold Buena Park, California-based Simply Fresh Foods, a producer of fresh, all-natural foods, to Lakeview Farms LLC. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE SOUTHLAKE, Texas (Dec. 13, 2018) – Ancor Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm, announces the sale of Simply Fresh Foods to Lakeview Farms LLC based in Delphos, Ohio. Owned by Sequel Holdings LP, Lakeview Farms is a value-driven innovator of fresh and convenient dips, desserts and specialty products that offers a diverse set of products to its customers. The sale was finalized Nov. 26, and terms were not disclosed. Simply Fresh Foods, headquartered in Buena Park, California, produces fresh, all-natural foods for fast-growing segments of the refrigerated products market across a wide range of channels. The company markets its products under several brands. The Rojo’s brand encompasses innovative salsas and dips and is a top label of fresh salsa and
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One Madison Corp to acquire Ranpak from Rhône Capital

One Madison Corporation, a blank check company, has agreed to acquire Ranpak Corporation from Rhône Capital for about $950 million in cash. Once the deal closes, which is expected to be in the spring of 2019, OMAD will be renamed and continue to list on the New York Stock Exchange but under a different ticker symbol. Citi acted as financial adviser to OMAD while Goldman Sachs did likewise for Rhône Capital and Ranpak. Based in Concord Township, Ohio, Ranpak is a provider of fiber-based, environmentally sustainable protective packaging solutions. OMAD’s backers include JS Capital, Soros Capital and Blackstone Alternative Solutions L.L.C. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One Madison Corporation (“OMAD”) (NYSE: OMAD, OMAD.U, OMAD.WS), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with affiliates of Rhône Capital (“Rhône Capital”) pursuant to which OMAD will combine with Ranpak Corporation (“Ranpak” or
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Clearlake-backed Janus buys Nokē

Janus International Group, a portfolio company of Clearlake Capital, has acquired Nokē Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. Nokē, of Salt Lake City, Utah, designs and makes a line of smart-locks. PRESS RELEASE Clearlake Capital-Backed Janus International, The Self-Storage Building and Facility Automation Experts,  Announce the Acquisitions of Nokē, Inc. and Active Supply and Design (CDM) Ltd     Partnership With Nokē Will Further the Growth and Development of the SecurGuard® Smart Entry System     Temple, GA Dec 13, 2018 – Janus International Group, LLC (“Janus”), the leading global manufacturer and supplier of turn-key building solutions and new technology for the self-storage industry, today announced the acquisition of Nokē, Inc. (“Nokē”) the creator of high tech smart locking solutions.  The acquisition will allow both companies to continue to develop and enhance the SecurGuard® Smart Entry System that was released earlier this year. The Smart Entry System has modernized access
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VC-backed G2 Crowd acquires Siftery

Chicago-based G2 Crowd announced it has acquired Siftery, platform that helps businesses discover new applications based on stacks used by peer companies. San Francisco-based Siftery had previously raised $4.1 million from investors, including Felicis Ventures and Venrock, among others. Siftery’s 20 employees and co-founders, CEO Vamshi Mokshagundam and CTO Ayan Baruna, will join G2 Crowd. G2 Crowd operates a marketplace for businesses to buy and manage software and services, and in October raised $55 million in a Series C round led by IVP and has now raised $100 million in total funding. PRESS RELEASE G2 Crowd makes first acquisition following $100M in funding Siftery acquisition adds cost savings to leading software discovery and marketplace platform December 12, 2018, Chicago — G2 Crowd is beginning to put its recently announced $100 million in total funding to use, announcing the acquisition of Siftery, the platform that helps businesses
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VC-backed G2 Crowd acquires Siftery

Chicago-based G2 Crowd announced it has acquired Siftery, platform that helps businesses discover new applications based on stacks used by peer companies. San Francisco-based Siftery had previously raised $4.1 million from investors, including Felicis Ventures and Venrock, among others. Siftery’s 20 employees and co-founders, CEO Vamshi Mokshagundam and CTO Ayan Baruna, will join G2 Crowd. G2 Crowd operates a marketplace for businesses to buy and manage software and services, and in October raised $55 million in a Series C round led by IVP and has now raised $100 million in total funding. PRESS RELEASE G2 Crowd makes first acquisition following $100M in funding Siftery acquisition adds cost savings to leading software discovery and marketplace platform December 12, 2018, Chicago — G2 Crowd is beginning to put its recently announced $100 million in total funding to use, announcing the acquisition of Siftery, the platform that helps businesses
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VC-backed Arctic Wolf acquires RootSecure Corp

Arctic Wolf Networks has acquired Sunnyvale, California and Waterloo, Ontario-based RootSecure Corp, a provider of advanced cybersecurity risk assessment solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Arctic Wolf is backed by Future Fund, Adams Street, Unusual Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Sonae Investment Management and Knollwood Investment Advisory LLC. PRESS RELEASE SUNNYVALE, CA – December 12, 2018 – Arctic Wolf Networks (AWN), a leading security operations center (SOC)-as-a-service company, today announced the acquisition of RootSecure Corp., a leader in advanced cybersecurity risk assessment. RootSecure provides innovative risk-based vulnerability assessment solutions that continuously probe networks, discover connected devices, and test an organization’s social engineering resilience. The acquisition enables mid-market enterprises to better assess and manage their cybersecurity risk in addition to leveraging Arctic Wolf’s AWN CyberSOC™ service to detect and respond to cyberthreats. “As customers embrace SOC-as-a-service, they also want to understand their vulnerabilities,” said Brian NeSmith, CEO and
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PE-backed THG acquires Mackintire

The Hilb Group, a portfolio company of Abry Partners, has acquired Westborough, Massachusetts-based Mackintire Insurance Agency Inc, a commercial and personal lines retail insurance agency. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Hilb Group, LLC (THG) announced today the acquisition of Massachusetts-based Mackintire Insurance Agency, Inc. (“Mackintire”). The transaction became effective December 1, 2018. Mackintire is a commercial and personal lines retail insurance agency founded in 1991. Located in Westborough, MA, the company serves clients throughout Massachusetts and specializes in the hospitality industry. Bob Mackintire, Managing Director, and his associates will continue to operate under the company’s existing name. “Joining THG is an excellent opportunity to expand our reach, ensure new opportunities for our associates, and provide more resources to our clients,” said Bob Mackintire. “We are looking forward to offering our clients the same level of customer
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Swiftpage acquires Kuvana

Swiftpage, which is backed by SFW Capital Partners, has acquired Kuvana Inc, a provider of email marketing and marketing automation solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE DENVER, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Swiftpage, the provider of Act! CRM software, a leading cloud-enabled platform aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) grow, today announced the acquisition of Kuvana, Inc., the maker of InboxGuru, an email marketing and marketing automation solution for small and medium sized businesses. InboxGuru’s technology powers the all-new Act! Marketing Automation solution that was released in November. The acquisition represents a significant step forward for Swiftpage as the company continues to transform the Act! portfolio and deliver the most comprehensive platform built specifically for small business success. With this move, Swiftpage strengthens its strategic commitment to providing solutions that help its SMB customers grow their businesses
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PE-backed Maple Media buys Banana & Co’s mobile game portfolio

Maple Media, a portfolio company of Shamrock Capital, has acquired San Francisco-based Banana & Co’s mobile game portfolio. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Los Angeles and Quebec, Maple Media is a mobile media, technology and advertising company that acquires and operates mobile apps and mobile games. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES – December 10, 2018 – Maple Media has acquired San Francisco based Banana & Co’s mobile game portfolio, a collection of highly-rated classic and casual mobile games on the App Store and Google Play. Banana & Co., is renowned for producing elegant and fun casual mobile games with a focus on high-quality design and easy-to-play experiences, which has led many of their games to be ranked within the top search results on the App Store and Google Play. Checkers, Hearts, Mahjong Match!, and Sudoku are all within the top 20 results for their respective
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PE-backed Maple Media buys Banana & Co’s mobile game portfolio

Maple Media, a portfolio company of Shamrock Capital, has acquired San Francisco-based Banana & Co’s mobile game portfolio. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Los Angeles and Quebec, Maple Media is a mobile media, technology and advertising company that acquires and operates mobile apps and mobile games. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES – December 10, 2018 – Maple Media has acquired San Francisco based Banana & Co’s mobile game portfolio, a collection of highly-rated classic and casual mobile games on the App Store and Google Play. Banana & Co., is renowned for producing elegant and fun casual mobile games with a focus on high-quality design and easy-to-play experiences, which has led many of their games to be ranked within the top search results on the App Store and Google Play. Checkers, Hearts, Mahjong Match!, and Sudoku are all within the top 20 results for their respective
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Actis sells Compuscan to Experian for $263 mln

Actis has sold Compuscan, a South African credit information and analytics business, to Experian. The price of the transaction was $263 million. PRESS RELEASE London, 11 Dec 2018: Actis, a leading growth markets investor, has announced their agreement to the sale of Compuscan, a provider of credit information and analytics services, to Experian for ZAR3.72bn (US$263m)* The acquisition is subject to review by the competition regulator in South Africa.
Established in South Africa in 1994, Compuscan started as a credit bureau, focused on the micro-lending industry. It enabled micro lenders to avoid financial loss by identifying clients’ repayment probability before issuing a loan. In 2014, Actis acquired a majority shareholding in Compuscan embarking on a “buy-and-build” strategy together with management to expand the product offering and scale of the business and create one of the leading emerging market credit bureaus. Today Compuscan is a full-service credit bureau and
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Riverside Partners exits BioAgilytix

Riverside Partners has sold BioAgilytix to Cobepa. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area and Hamburg, Germany, BioAgilytix provides PK, immunogenicity, biomarkers and cell-based assay services. PRESS RELEASE Riverside Partners has sold BioAgilytix to Cobepa BioAgilytix is a leading bioanalytical testing laboratory specializing in large molecule bioanalysis. With laboratory locations in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area and Hamburg, Germany, BioAgilytix provides PK, immunogenicity, biomarkers, and cell-based assay services supporting the development and release testing of biologics across a number of industries and disease states. BioAgilytix offers assay development, validation, and sample analysis under non-GLP, GLP, and GCP, as well as GMP quality control testing (i.e. product release testing, stability testing, etc.). For more information, visit www.bioagilytix.com. “Lincoln International has extensive Pharma Services knowledge and high credibility with buyers in the space. The Lincoln team added value to our daily business and
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PE-backed THG acquires Huckaby

The Hilb Group, a portfolio company of Abry Partners, has acquired South Carolina-based Huckaby & Associates Inc, a provider of property and casualty insurance solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Hilb Group, LLC (THG) announced today the acquisition of South Carolina-based Huckaby & Associates, Inc. (“Huckaby”). The transaction became effective December 1, 2018. Founded in 1976, Huckaby provides a full range of property and casualty insurance solutions to businesses and individuals throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Huckaby specializes in commercial business insurance, automobile insurance, and homeowners’ insurance coverage. “Huckaby’s strong South Carolina presence supports the growth of our Southeast footprint,” said Ricky Spiro, CEO of THG. “Their commitment to their clients and community is one that strongly resonates with THG. We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead with another talented Southeast-based agency
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Ampersand backs merger of Histo-Scientific Research Labs and Vet Path Services

Histo-Scientific Research Laboratories Inc and Vet Path Services have merged to form a provider of research and pre-clinical histology, pathology and archiving services for the biopharmaceutical, medical device and contract research industries. Ampersand Capital Partners has made an undisclosed investment to back this newly combined company. PRESS RELEASE MT. JACKSON, Va. and MASON, Ohio, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Histo-Scientific Research Laboratories, Inc. (HSRL), has completed its merger with Vet Path Services (VPS) to create the leading provider of research and pre-clinical histology, pathology and archiving services for the biopharmaceutical, medical device and contract research industries. In conjunction with the merger, the new entity also received an investment from Ampersand Capital Partners to continue expanding the company in the rapidly evolving pre-clinical histopathology market. Mt. Jackson-based HSRL is well-established as a trusted provider of critical services in the pre-clinical research and development market, specifically histology and pathology services for routine
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Riverside to sell DPA Microphones to RCF Group

The Riverside Company has agreed to sell DPA Microphones to RCF Group. No financial terms were disclosed. DPA is a Danish maker of high-end microphones. PRESS RELEASE CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Riverside Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell DPA Microphones (DPA), an Allerød, Denmark-based developer and manufacturer of high-end microphones, to RCF Group (RCF). DPA’s products are trusted by demanding professional users across the world for use in theater, broadcast, live and studio applications. Notable superstar users include Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Metallica, Coldplay, Paul McCartney and Céline Dion – broadcasters such as BBC, as well as hit Broadway shows like Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. During Riverside’s investment, DPA’s sales and EBITDA nearly doubled while its product portfolio and distribution network grew significantly. DPA cemented its clear leadership position in small, sophisticated body-worn microphones for professional use. “Together with the DPA team, we were able to achieve
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PE-backed Meridian buys Evans Adhesive

Meridian Adhesives Group, which is backed by Arsenal Capital Partners, has acquired Columbus, Ohio-based Evans Adhesive Corporation, a maker of industrial adhesives. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 11, 2018 – Meridian Adhesives Group (“Meridian”) announced today the acquisition of Evans Adhesive Corporation (“Evans Adhesive”), a leading manufacturer of industrial adhesives. Earlier this year, Arsenal Capital Partners (“Arsenal”) created Meridian as its new platform in the global adhesives and sealants sector, focusing on high-value adhesives technologies. In May 2018, Meridian completed the acquisitions of Epoxy Technology and Adhesives Technology Corporation. Subsequently in September 2018, Meridian acquired W.F. Taylor, LLC. Today, Meridian’s portfolio includes high-performance specialty epoxy, polyurethane, and hybrid adhesives for the electronics, medical, construction, and infrastructure markets. Evans Adhesive represents Meridian’s fourth acquisition in 2018. Rusty Thompson, President of Evans Adhesive, said, “Our customers will continue to receive the Evans Adhesive’s
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Genstar-backed Mercer Advisors buys Bell Wealth Management

Mercer Advisors Inc, which is backed by Genstar Capital, has acquired Austin-based Bell Wealth Management, a registered investment adviser. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE DENVER, December 11, 2018 – Mercer Advisors Inc. (“Mercer Advisors”), a national Registered Investment Adviser (RIA), today announces the acquisition of Bell Wealth Management (“Bell”), a respected RIA firm located in Austin, Texas. Bell provides comprehensive wealth management to affluent and high net worth clients, and has been helping people achieve their financial goals for over 20 years. The firm serves approximately 125 households with assets under management (AUM) of $200 million. This acquisition brings Mercer Advisors’ total offices to 37 and increases AUM to $15 billion. Dave Welling, Chief Executive Officer of Mercer Advisors, stated, “We are delighted to join forces with Colin Bell, and the entire Bell Wealth Management team. Like Mercer, Bell has a long history of providing investment
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PE-backed Addison Group buys Mondo

Addison Group, which is backed by Odyssey Investment Partners, has acquired New York City-based Mondo, a professional staffing firm focused on information technology and digital marketing. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE Addison Group, a leading professional services firm, announced today the acquisition of Mondo, a New York City-based professional staffing firm specializing in information technology and digital marketing. The acquisition complements Addison Group’s existing information technology business across the US, with the addition of a digital marketing vertical, putting Addison at the forefront of the ongoing digital transformation to deliver value to its customers. The transaction is aligned with Addison Group’s strategy to broaden its national service offerings through organic growth and the acquisition of flourishing, high-margin, specialized firms with strong client relationships and a complimentary business approach. Mondo’s geographic footprint and technology focus will allow Addison Group to strengthen its presence in ten locations across
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PE-backed Addison Group buys Mondo

Addison Group, which is backed by Odyssey Investment Partners, has acquired New York City-based Mondo, a professional staffing firm focused on information technology and digital marketing. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE Addison Group, a leading professional services firm, announced today the acquisition of Mondo, a New York City-based professional staffing firm specializing in information technology and digital marketing. The acquisition complements Addison Group’s existing information technology business across the US, with the addition of a digital marketing vertical, putting Addison at the forefront of the ongoing digital transformation to deliver value to its customers. The transaction is aligned with Addison Group’s strategy to broaden its national service offerings through organic growth and the acquisition of flourishing, high-margin, specialized firms with strong client relationships and a complimentary business approach. Mondo’s geographic footprint and technology focus will allow Addison Group to strengthen its presence in ten locations across
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