Microsoft purchases Parature in $100M deal- sources

Sources knowledgeable about matter told TechCrunch that Microsoft has bought customer service SaaS provider Parature for $100 million in order boost the knowledge base of its CRM platform.

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Oddball Chinese magnate looking to buy the New York Times

45 year-old recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao, whose charity works and publicity stunts are more known rather than his business sense, has claimed that he will be extending an offer to acquire the New York Times Co for $1 billion.

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Groupon wraps up Ticket Monster acquisition from LivingSocial

In an announcement made today, Groupon said it has completed its $260 million acquisition of LivingSocial Korea, which is the holding company of Korean ticket and e-commerce company Ticket Monster.

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Square 1 Bank acquires Sand Hill Finance for undisclosed amount

Square 1 Bank completed the acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Sand Hill Finance, a financing solutions provider for emerging growth firms. Financial terms about the transaction were not disclosed.

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Rosneft not eyeing any more acquisitions, will focus on Morgan Stanley unit merger instead

Russian oil producer Rosneft said on Friday that it does not have any plans to make strategic acquisitions after agreeing to acquire Morgan Stanley's oil trading unit last week.

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China's Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical to purchase Scientific Protein Laboratories

Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical, a Chinese drug maker that trades on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, will be purchasing Wisconsin-based Scientific Protein Laboratories in a deal worth $337.5 million, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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Gogolook confirms acquisition of company by LINE owner Naver

Gogolook chief executive officer Jeff Kuo confirmed to TechCrunch about the company's merger with Korean Internet company and LINE app owner Naver, which was worth TW$529 million or $17.6 million, according to a state report.

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European private equity firm CapVest acquires food business Scandza

Lond-based private equity firm CapVest has bought Scandza, a Nordic consumer food and beverage firm for an undisclosed amount. Jan Bodd and Stig Sunde, who founded Scandza in 2007 will still lead the company.

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US chemicals group Taminco Corp to acquire Kemira's formic acid business

Taminco Corp, the world's largest alkylamines and alkylamine derivatives producer, said it had agreed to acquire the formic acid business of Finland-based chemicals firm Kemira.

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Singapore's ARA Asset Management Ltd agrees to acquire Macquarie Group's Korea REIT unit

ARA Asset Management Ltd, an Asian real estate fund management firm, said it had agreed to buy Macquarie Real Estate Korea Ltd, the Korean unit of Macquarie Group Ltd.

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Oracle to acquire enterprise software firm Responsys for $1.5B

Oracle has agreed to purchase Responsys for $1.5 billion but not including debt or a 38% premium on the the company's closing price on Thursday, December 20, The New York Times The Dealbook reported.

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Panda Power Funds to start construction on new power plant acquired from Moxie Energy

Panda Power Funds said it will begin construction right away on the second power plant it had bought from Moxie Energy, with commercial operations set to start in the middle of 2016.

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Manulife purchases first office building to bet on demand

Manulife Financial Corp bought a 21-story office building in New York's financial district from Mitsui Fudosan Co in a deal worth $166.5 million to capitalize on growing demand, Bloomberg reported.

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Goldman Sachs-backed BackOffice Associates acquires ENTOTA Ltd

Massachusetts-based BackOffice Associates has bought Farnborough, UK-based SAP Data Services consultancy firm ENTOTA for an undisclosed amount. Goldman Sachs invested $30 million in BackOffice five years ago.

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Former HP unit Avago to acquire disk drive and electronic semiconductors maker LSI for $6.6B

The acquisition by dual location-based chip manufacturer Avago Technologies Ltd of LSI Corp marked the second biggest acquisition in the semiconductor industry for this year, said a Businessweek report.

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