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11 May 2011

Norwest sells photonic solutions company CVI to Idex for $400m

US private equity firm Norwest Equity Partners has sold photonic solutions provider CVI Melles Griot to industrial group Idex for $400m in cash.

11 May 2011

Mexican company ICA mulls airport operator sale

Mexican construction company ICA is considering selling its stake in airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) to private equity firm Advent International.

11 May 2011

Microsoft confirms $8.5bn Skype deal

Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of venture-backed online telecoms company Skype, paying $8.5bn in cash.

11 May 2011

Axa Private Equity takes stake in energy solutions company FrancEnergies

French private equity form Axa Private Equity is to acquire a 30 per cent stake in FrancEnergies, an energy solutions specialist.

11 May 2011

General Atlantic invests in CEE e-commerce group

Growth equity investor General Atlantic has backed Studio Moderna, a multi-channel e-commerce and direct retail platform focused on the Central and Eastern European market.

11 May 2011

Wheb Partners logs into pvXchange

European clean technology private equity firm Wheb Partners has made an investment in German business-to-business photovoltaic (PV) component exchange pvXchange. Financial details were not disclosed.

10 May 2011

Sovereign Capital acquires Greenwich School of Management

UK growth investor Sovereign Capital has invested in Greenwich School of Management, a private sector provider of university-accredited qualifications.

10 May 2011

West Danish Growth Capital to invest in 20 companies

Scandinavian developmental investor West Danish Growth Capital (Vestdansk Vækstkapital) is readying an investment spree, with 20 deals in the pipeline.

10 May 2011

Apollo steps into the spotlight with American Idol producer acquisition

Recently listed US private equity firm Apollo is to acquire CKx, the entertainment company behind televised talent contest American Idol, in a deal said to be valued at around $509m.

10 May 2011

GS Capital Partners, Weston Presidio, take stake in Applebee’s franchisee

The private equity arm of US financial services giant Goldman Sachs has made a growth investment into Apple American Group, the largest franchisee of restaurant chain Applebee’s, alongside US firm Weston Presidio.

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