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Fenway Summer Ventures Leads Financing in StreetShares 03/16/2016

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fenwaysummer logoCongratulations to our client Fenway Summer Ventures for leading a Series A financing in StreetShares. Endeavor Equity Holding and Pivot Investments also participated in the initial $4.5 million Series A closing. Led by co-founders Mark Rockefeller and Mickey Konson, StreetShares brings together business owners in search of funding and investors looking for both financial and social returns. The online lender offers loans and lines of credit of $2,000 to $100,000 to small businesses, many of which are run by veterans.

MBBP attorneys Jon Gworek and Matt Loecker handled the transaction on behalf of Fenway Summer Ventures. To learn more, please click here.

BlueMetal Acquired by Insight 10/05/2015

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bluemetal-logoMBBP Client BlueMetal Architects, Inc., an interactive design and technology architecture firm based in the Boston area, was acquired in a merger transaction by Insight Enterprises, Inc.  a Fortune 500 company based in Phoenix, AZ.

MBBP has served as counsel to BlueMetal since its inception in 2010,  and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this merger. Mark Tarallo was lead attorney for the transaction.

For more information, read the full news release here.

Fenway Summer Ventures Leads $4.2M Financing for XOR 09/16/2015

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fenwaysummer logoActing in concert with existing investors Chicago Ventures and KGC Capital, MBBP client Fenway Summer Ventures led a $4.2M Series A funding for XOR Data Exchange, the innovative Austin-based data exchange company. XOR CEO Mike Cook voiced his company’s gratification with the input of “strategic capital from a new industry … [with] deep…experience in the financial services and data analytics marketplace”, stating that the funding from these particular investors “will help elevate XOR’s game substantially.”

Alex Acree, Managing Director at Fenway Summer Ventures, said that XOR’s technology has the “potential to reshape how companies collaborate to increase efficiency and offer better service” , which is in keeping with the venture investment firm’s stated core principle that  “products and services designed to earn consumer trust can be simultaneously profitable and sustainable.” XOR builds permission-based data exchanges which allow companies to share information while maintaining exceptional control over the data they choose to share.

MBBP corporate attorneys Jon Gworek and Scott Bleier led the transaction on behalf of Fenway Summer.  For more information on the financing, please click here.

MBBP Has Busy Month with a Number of Noteworthy Deals 06/04/2015

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VirginMBBP Client Virgin Pulse received $92 Million in venture financing from Insight Venture Partners enabling Virgin Pulse to accelerate the growth of the market-leading products that replenish and recharge employees by providing tools that build better habits.

imagesIn addition Serruya Capital Partners, a Toronto based private equity firm, acquired MBBP Client Tivoli Audio, a global premium audio products company. This complex transaction required engagement with foreign legal counsel in Europe.

Capping off the month was the acquisition of MBBP Client Diversified Project Management, a construction management services firm to STV, a national construction management firm.M0785161

Shannon Zollo was the lead corporate attorney on MBBP’s team.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton served as counsel to all three clients, and advised them in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of these transactions.

To learn more, read the full press release.

Spectro Scientific Acquires On-Site Analysis, Inc. 01/28/2015

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Spectro Scientific

On November 28, 2014, MBBP client Spectro Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of analytical tools and software acquired On-Site Analysis, Inc., (OSA).  Spectro Scientific is one of the largest worldwide suppliers of oil, fuel and processed water analysis instruments to industry and the military.  OSA specializes in manufacturing analytical equipment primarily for on-premise coolant, oil and lubrication testing.  The acquisition will enable customers to enjoy continually higher levels of analytical speed, convenience and accuracy.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Spectro Scientific, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.  Joe Marrow was the lead corporate attorney on MBBP’s team.

For more information read the full article.

Hastings Equity Partners Completes Sale of Danlin Industries 04/02/2014

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Hastings Equity Partners, LLC

MBBP client Hastings Equity Partners recently announced the sale of Danlin Industries to Arsenal Capital Partners. Danlin provides production chemicals, capillary services and completion chemical solutions to oil & gas exploration and production companies. Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Hastings Equity Partners, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction. Shannon Zollo was the lead corporate attorney on MBBP’s team, which also included attorneys Chip Wry, Mark Tarallo, and Jonathan Calla.

Hastings Equity Partners is a Waltham, MA-based, private investment firm that acquires and grows small to mid-sized enterprises.

Please visit Hastings Equity Partners for more information.

Spectro Acquires Wilks Enterprise 10/30/2013

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Spectro, Inc.MBBP client Spectro, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of analytical tools and software for the industrial performance fluids market, announced it has acquired Wilks Enterprise, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of mid-infrared (mid-IR) application specific analyzers used for biofuel, petrochemical, environmental, quality control, manufacturing and ambient air monitoring measurement.

MBBP serves as counsel to Spectro, Inc. and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

Please visit Spectro for more information and to view the full press release.

Aveksa Acquired by EMC Corporation 09/12/2013

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AveksaMBBP client Aveksa, a provider of the industry’s leading business-driven Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform used by organizations worldwide to address operational, risk and compliance challenges originating from user access, has been acquired by EMC Corporation, a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service.

MBBP served as counsel to Aveksa and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

For more information, please visit MBBP.

Bridgeline Digital Acquires Elements Local 09/12/2013

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Bridgeline DigitalMBBP client Bridgeline Digital, a developer of leading edge web application management software and award-winning interactive technology solutions that help organizations optimize business processes, has acquired  ElementsLocal, an interactive and Internet marketing agency offering online marketing services for mid-market and franchise companies

MBBP serves as counsel to Bridgeline Digital and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

For more information, please visit MBBP.

Hastings Equity Partners Completes Sale of Fluid Management Holdings and CP Well Testing 08/08/2013

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Hastings Equity Partners, LLC

MBBP client Hastings Equity Partners recently announced the sale of Fluid Management Holdings and CP Well Testing to Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC) for approximately $105 million. Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Hastings Equity Partners, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction. Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo led MBBPs team of Jeffrey Steele, Jonathan Calla, and Joshua French.

Hastings Equity Partners is a Waltham, MA-based, private investment firm that acquires and grows small to mid-sized enterprises.

Please visit Hastings Equity Partners for more information.

Crocodoc Acquired by Box 07/23/2013

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Crocodoc - HTML5 Document EmbeddingMBBP client crocodoc, a cloud-based provider of the highest quality HTML5 document viewing experience across web and mobile platforms, has been acquired by Box, a leading cloud storage company and content sharing platform for enterprise and individual users.

MBBP serves as counsel to crocodoc and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

For more information, please visit MBBP.

BBK Worldwide Announces the Addition of Four Principals 04/15/2013

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BBK WorldwideMBBP client BBK Worldwide recently named four additional principals who, together, will assume a minority ownership in the company.  Matthew Kibby, Rob Laurens, Liz Ritchie, and Matthew Stumm have played key roles in shaping the company’s success as the global leader in patient recruitment for the clinical R&D segment of the pharma, biotech, and medical device industries. Celebrating 30 years, BBK remains one of the only independent and self-funded patient recruitment agencies, and is able to offer its global pharmaceutical and medical device clients levels of flexibility and creative innovation unmatched by its competitors.

CW Weekly, a leading newsletter for the clinical trials industry, recently published an article on BBK Worldwide’s structure change. MBBP Corporate Attorney Carl Barnes was interviewed by CenterWatch Weekly and had this to say in regards to the restructuring:

Corporate Attorney Carl BarnesThis is a mindset alternative, as opposed to an alternative to financing. Privately held businesses have a couple of choices to continue growing past what their original founders have done—to get acquired, to go public, to cash out and bring in new management—or they do what BBK did, and they look within. They ask: who is here and really contributing to the business and how do we reward them? With an ownership stake in the business, the new principals become even more motivated to take the company to the next level. It’s a way to keep them excited and interested, and that helps the company grow.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton served as counsel to BBK Worldwide and advised it in the development of its new corporate structure.

Congratulations BBK Worldwide!

Visit BBK to read the full press release.

Agrivida Signs Technology Collaboration Agreement With POET 08/30/2012

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Agrivida, Inc.On August 21st, MBBP client Agrivida, Inc. announced it has entered into a technology collaboration joint development agreement with POET Research Inc., a subsidiary of POET LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers. The focus of the joint venture will be developing Agrivida’s engineered corn stover feedstock and feedstock processing technology platforms with the hope of reducing capital and operating costs in commercial cellulosic ethanol production facilities. Agrivida CEO Mark Wong had this to say of the agreement:

We are excited to be working with POET to improve the economics of advanced biofuels production. POET has one of the most advanced commercial cellulosic programs in the world with strong research, development and commercial deployment capabilities. POET will be a great partner as Agrivida transitions its technology from research and development to a commercialization phase.

To learn more, please see Agrivida’s full press release.

Bare Tree Media and Stoopid Monkey LLC sign Licensing Agreement 05/08/2012

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MBBP client Bare Tree Media, a Boston-based interactive entertainment company, has entered into a licensing agreement with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators of Stoopid Monkey LLC, for use in a new mobile app that allows users to add StoopidMonkey characters to their mobile photos to share with friends.

As Bare Tree Media founder Robert Ferrari describes in Mass. High Tech, “You can be at a Red Sox game, take a photo and insert the character in the seat on the side of you.” The app will be available on iOS and Android.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Bare Media and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction. Michael Cavaretta was the attorney for this intercompany arrangement.

To learn more, please visit MBBP.

R.L. Drake Acquired by Blonder Tongue 03/22/2012

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MBBP client R.L. Drake, LLC, a market leader in the supply of CATV and satellite signal processing and distribution equipment, has been acquired by Blonder Tongue (NYSE Amex: BDR), a leading provider of system operators and integrators serving cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional and professional video markets.

MBBP serves as counsel to R.L. Drake, LLC, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

For more information, please visit MBBP.

ClickSquared Raises $9 Million in Series C Financing 02/07/2012

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MBBP client ClickSquared, Inc., a global provider of cross-channel marketing software and services, has raised $9,000,000 in Series C Convertible Preferred Stock Financing from Staley Capital, JMI Equity, Flybridge and ABS Ventures.

MBBP served as counsel to ClickSquared, Inc. and have advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

For more information, please visit MBBP.

Hastings Equity Partners Acquires Artexoma Logistics 05/20/2011

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Hastings Equity Partners has completed a majority recapitalization acquisition of Artexoma Logistics Inc. Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Hastings Equity Partners, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction. Shannon Zollo was the lead attorney for the acquisition deal.

Hastings Equity Partners is a Waltham, MA-based, private investment firm that acquires and grows small to mid-sized enterprises. Artexoma Logistics is a provider of complete fluid management services for leading energy and exploration and production companies.

Please visit Hastings Equity Partners for more information.

Outside the Classroom in Merger with EverFi 05/18/2011

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Outside the Classroom, Inc., provider of the largest online alcohol prevention course AlcoholEdu®, has been acquired via a merger transaction by EverFi, the leading technology platform addressing growing state mandates in new subject areas.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as outside counsel to Outside the Classroom and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of the merger. Shannon Zollo was lead attorney for the transaction.

For more on the merger, view the company’s press release.

Hastings Equity Partners Acquires Danlin Industries 05/13/2011

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Hastings Equity Partners, a private investment firm that acquires and grows small to mid-sized enterprises,  has completed a majority recapitalization acquistion of Danlin Industries Corporation, a supplier of specialty chemicals to the oil and gas industry.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Hastings Equity Partners, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction. Shannon Zollo was the lead attorney for the acquisition deal.

For questions regarding mergers and acquisitions, please contact Shannon Zollo.

Blue Fang Games Enters Into Agreement With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 02/01/2011

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MBBP client Blue Fang Games, LLC, An independent game developer focused on the design and development of social, online and mobile game platforms, has entered into a license and service agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, an educational and trade publisher. This agreement allows Blue Fang Games to develop, host, and publish Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” and “The Oregon Trail” properties.

MBBP serves as counsel to Blue Fang Games, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

For more information, please visit MBBP news.

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