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S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up of U.S. companies' technology, media and telecommunications deal announcements, completions and updates from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13.


* Atlantic Broadband signed a definitive agreement to acquire Thames Valley Communications Inc., a broadband services company operating in southeastern Connecticut, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to close within three months, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

* A company backed by funds managed by Permira Advisers Ltd. and co-investors agreed to purchase a majority stake in Lytx Inc., which provides video telematics, analytics, safety and productivity services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

* Sony Corp. agreed to sell three entertainment channels to former Sony Pictures Television Inc. executives Andy Kaplan and George Chien, Variety reported. The channels included in the transaction are Sony's AXN-branded channels in Southeast Asia, Animax and South Korea's Sony One entertainment channel. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

* Design automation software provider Synopsys Inc. will acquire certain intellectual property assets of technology design company Invecas Inc. The transaction, terms of which were not disclosed, is expected to close in the first half of fiscal year 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

* Accenture PLC agreed to buy Symantec's cybersecurity services business from Broadcom Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to be completed in March 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

* Dover Corp. agreed to acquire Sys-Tech Solutions Inc., a provider of serialization, traceability and anti-counterfeiting services, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to complete in the first quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.

* Insight Venture Management LLC, also known as Insight Partners, is set to acquire cybersecurity company Armis Inc. Armis will stay independent once the deal closes, expected in February, pending customary conditions and approvals.


* Nielsen Holdings PLC completed the acquisition of Toronto-based merchandising and analytics solutions provider Precima Inc. from Alliance Data Systems Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

* Synopsys Inc. completed its acquisition of Tinfoil Security Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Tinfoil Security's solutions detect vulnerabilities in web applications and application programming interfaces, including web-connected devices such as mobile back-end servers and internet-of-things devices.

* Meredith Corp. acquired digital platform SwearBy for an undisclosed sum. SwearBy provides word-of-mouth recommendations designed to crowdsource and share products that women swear by based on their personal experiences.

* Private equity firm Accel-KKR LLC acquired Springbrook Software Inc., which provides cloud-based finance and administration software, for an undisclosed sum.

* Cloudflare Inc. purchased S2 Systems Corp., a developer of a patented browser isolation technology, for an undisclosed amount.

* Frontenac Co. LLC acquired Prime Technology Group LLC, which offers outsourced application development and managed software services, from fellow private equity firm Renovus Capital Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

* Asset manager Aquiline Capital Partners LLC acquired a majority stake in data processing firm Ontellus for an undisclosed amount.

* John Wiley & Sons Inc. bought MThree Corporate Consulting Ltd., which provides education services that address the IT skills gap, from ECI Partners LLP. Under terms of the agreement, MThree shareholders received about $129 million in cash at closing Jan. 1.

* Colony Capital Inc. closed its acquisition of secondary equity interests in data center operator DataBank Holdings Ltd. for $185 million. DataBank operates 20 data centers across Dallas; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Kan.; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Baltimore; Atlanta; and Indianapolis.