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Zynga has its headquarters in San Francisco and offices around the world

Zynga acquires UK gaming business NaturalMotion and announces 15 per cent job cut

Struggling social games company Zynga has snapped up UK-based NaturalMotion in a deal worth £259 million.

ControlCircle was set up in 2001 to provide cloud services for business

Scottish Equity Partners investment ControlCircle sold to AIM-listed Alternative Networks

Managed and cloud-based services company ControlCircle has been snapped up by Alternative Networks for a fee of £39.4 million.

Michael Phillips will be launching a mobile comparison service in the spring

Broadbandchoices.co.uk closes ‘missing piece of the puzzle’ mobile-based acquisition

Price comparison website broadbandchoices.co.uk has made its maiden acquisition and will now launch a mobile phone evaluation service.

Hotter Shoes will continue to be led by its current CEO Peter Taylor

Gresham Private Equity cashes in on Hotter investment 

Retail business Hotter Shoes now has a new private equity backer following a deal which sees existing investor Gresham Private Equity exit.

Secret Escapes offers discounts of up to 70 per cent on luxury travel

German acquisition for Secret Escapes as it looks to grow in Europe and build mobile presence

Venture capital-backed flash sales company Secret Escapes has made its first continental acquisition.

The deal is the first that YFM Equity Partners has closed during 2014

YFM Equity Partners supports MBO for industrial business with growth ambitions 

Industrial parts business Leengate Valves has cut ties with its German parent company through a private equity-backed management buy-out.

Coffee time: Kafevend now delivers refreshments to 10,000 sites in mainland UK

Kafevend sold to Eden Springs by ISIS Equity Partners

ISIS Equity Partners has closed its first deal of 2014 by exiting an eight-year interest in water and coffee services business Kafevend.

Palatine's Ed Fazakerley is also on the board of Chase Templeton and MJ Quinn

Buy-and-build deals continue for Palatine-backed MoneyPlus Group

Private equity backed MoneyPlus Group has made its eighth acquisition through the purchase of Debt Movers.

QUMAS provides services for businesses in sectors such as pharmaceuticals

Venture firms exit through QUMAS sale to Accelrys

Fidelity Growth Partners Europe has divested of its interest in software company QUMAS through a trade sale.

Leasedrive provides services to private and public sector organisations

HgCapital steps in as new backer for vehicle management business Leasedrive

Berkshire-headquartered Leasedrive has a new equity investor following an exit by existing backer LDC.

Kee Safety has built its business around protection against hazards

LDC out and Dunedin in as part of private equity switch at Kee Safety

Safety services business Kee Safety has closed the third management buy-out of its history by linking up with new backer Dunedin.

Deal team: Granby Marketing Services is now charged for growth

Granby Marketing Services moves forward with management buy-out

Joanne Varey has transitioned to the majority shareholder in Granby Marketing Services following a £3.8 million buy-out.

Alaric Systems manages ATM, POS, e-commerce and mobile payments

NVM Private Equity and Foresight Group exit through $84 million Alaric Systems sale

The venture capital investment syndicate behind payment software business Alaric Systems has exited through a trade sale.

New purchase SportsData covers sports including NASCAR motor racing

Sportradar makes American acquisition to build global offering

Private equity-backed Sportradar has made an expansion play by acquiring US-based SportsData.

CSC World products are designed to be used by structural engineers

ISIS Equity Partners closes seventh exit of 2013 through CSC World sale

Following a six-year investment period, ISIS Equity Partners has exited its stake in structural engineering software business CSC World.

The company owns and operates 119 cruising yachts in the Mediterranean

Pizza Express backer supports Nielson Active Holidays MBO

The management team of Neilson Active Holidays has severed ties from parent company Thomas Cook Group though a buy-out.

Sector surge: August Equity expects the dementia market to grow considerably

August Equity closes second deal from its new fund by investing in dementia care market

Specialist investor August Equity has made a new acquisition from its Partners III fund and added a social care business to its portfolio.

Bottoms up: The Virgin Wine team is led by CEO Jay Wright

Virgin Wines closes £15.9 million management buy-out

The management team of Virgin Wines has led a buy-out of the business with equity support from Mobeus Equity Partners and Connection Capital.

Steve O'Hare led the deal for Equistone and sat on the board at Allied Glass

Allied Glass picks CBPE Capital as private equity backer for second time

Equistone Partners Europe has sold its majority stake in Allied Glass to fellow private equity firm CBPE Capital.

Expansion: Mountain Warehouse has 169 shops and is hoping to grow to 300

Mountain Warehouse ends private equity backing and takes full control

The management team of Mountain Warehouse is now in full ownership of the business after buying out a stake held by private equity firm LDC.

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