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Archive for May, 2011

31 May 2011

KKR scores Academy Sports + Outdoors takeover

US private equity firm KKR has acquired Sports + Outdoor, a sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, with former owners the Gochnan family retaining a minority ownership stake.

31 May 2011

Thomas H Lee invests $180m in First Bancorp

US private equity firm Thomas H Lee Partners is to take a 24.9 per cent stake in First BanCorp, the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico, for $180m.

31 May 2011

Energy storage company Primus absorbs $11m venture funding

Grid-scale energy storage solutions provider Primus Power has raised $11m from venture capital investors to support the commercialisation of its technology.

31 May 2011

Axa, Permira get green light for Opodo takeover

European firms Axa Private Equity and Permira received permission from European regulators to acquire online travel agency Opodo from Spanish parent company Amadeus IT.

31 May 2011

Deutsche Beteiligungs sells home components company Heim & Haus

German listed private equity firm Deutsche Beteiligungs (DBAG) has sold home components seller Heim & Haus to managing shareholders Rolf-Christian Schommers and Heinz-Theo Nühlen, alongside their families.

31 May 2011

Pacific Equity-backed REDgroup seeks lifeline

Embattled private equity-backed book shop operator REDgroup Retail is seeking a rescue buyer to avoid closure, according to its administrators.

31 May 2011

Asian Development Bank injects $60m into three cleantech venture funds

Philippines-headquartered development finance institution the Asian Development Bank is to commit $60m to three cleantech-focused venture capital funds, as the organisation taps into green energy investment to meet the rising demand for power across the continent.

31 May 2011

Amadeus breaks Stockholm tech IPO drought with Transmode float

UK private equity and venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners has taken Swedish networking solutions business Transmode public in the first technology company listing on the Stockholm exchange since 2007.

31 May 2011

Stirling Square sells Metroweb to Italian infrastructure fund

European private equity firm Stirling square Capital Partners has sold its majority stake in Metroweb, manager of a Milanese fibre-optic network, to F2i, an Italian infrastructure fund.

31 May 2011

Apax hits the fundraising trail, plans to stay private

UK private equity firm Apax Partners has set its sights on the largest private equity fundraising since the downturn, targeting €9bn for its latest buy-out fund.

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