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1 July 2011

MidOcean completes $650m Pre-Paid Legal acquisition

New York private equity firm MidOcean Partners has acquired Pre-Paid Legal Services, which provides legal service plans through a network of independent law firms across the US and Canada, for $650m.

1 July 2011

Providence chalks up $1.64bn Blackboard deal

US private equity firm Providence Equity Partners is to take education software provider Blackboard Inc private in a deal worth $1.64bn in cash, plus the assumption of $130m in net debt.

1 July 2011

OMERs, Berkshire Partners complete $2.1bn Husky acquisition

Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners and the private equity arm of Canadian pension business Omers have bought Husky International from listed Canadian private equity firm Onex.

30 June 2011

Justin Timberlake, Specific Media download Myspace

Media giant News Corporation has sold ailing social networking site Myspace to digital media company Specific Media, with pop singar Justin Timberlake also taking a stake in the business.

30 June 2011

Gilde leads $43m Moximed investment

California joint treatment specialist Moximed has raised $43m in new funding, led by Netherlands-based private equity firm Gilde.

29 June 2011

OPIC commits $500m to emerging market cleantech funds

US development institution the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) approved almost $500m for five funds that could invest more than $1.5bn for renewable resources in emerging markets.

29 June 2011

Foursquare raises $50m in new funding

Social networking start-up Foursquare has raised $50m in a financing round led by Andreessen-Horowitz with backing from existing venture capital investors O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures and Union Square Ventures, as well as newcomer Spark Capital.

29 June 2011

Leonard Green, CVC, pick up BJ’s Wholesale for $2.8bn cash

US private equity firm Leonard Green and UK firm CVC Capital Partners are to acquire members-only discount business BJ’s Wholesale Club for $2.8bn in cash.

29 June 2011

Mobile payment company Square raises $100m from Kleiner, Tiger Global

Mobile payment start-up company Square has secured $100m in a financing round led by venture capital heavyweight Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. New York firm Tiger Global Management also contributed.

29 June 2011

Accel, Khosla, Andreessen Horowitz invest $30m in social browser Rockmelt

Social networking-focused web browser Rockmelt has raised $30m in series B funding from venture firm Accel Partners and Khosla Ventures, as well as existing backer Andreessen Horowitz.

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