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31 October 2011

Sun European, RCapital could still save Luminar

Sun European Partners, the European arm of US private equity firm Sun Capital, and RCapital are reportedly in talks with the administrators of Luminar to rescue the embattled British nightclub operator.

31 October 2011

Vogo to sell stake in Tong Yang Insurance

South Korean buy-out firm Vogo Fund is looking to sell 18 per cent of its 61 per cent stake in Tong Yang Life Insurance, the unit the firm bought for KRW900bn ($798m) last year.

31 October 2011

Trilantic, Sagard eye Sara Lee’s French baking unit

Franco-Canadian private equity firm Sagard and Trilantic Capital Partners, the former merchant banking arm of Lehman Brothers, are the most likely bidders to post final offers for the French baked foods unit of Sara Lee.

31 October 2011

EIF closes eighth fund on $1.7bn

Energy Investors Funds (EIF), a private equity fund manager that invests in the US energy and electric power sectors, has closed its eighth fund with $1.713bn in commitments.

28 October 2011

GE, KGAL invest €111m in Spanish solar thermal plant

US electrical giant General Electric’s (GE) financial services arm is jointly investing €111.1m with German fund KGAL into a 50MW concentrated solar thermal plant with integrated molten salt storage technology in Badajoz, Spain.

28 October 2011

H&Q leads deal for Samsung procurement arm

A consortium of investors including Hong Kong-based private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific has agreed to buy a controlling stake in iMarketKorea, the procurement management arm of South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

28 October 2011

GIC injects $300m into aircraft lessor Avolon

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC is set to inject $300m of equity into Avolon, the Dublin-based aircraft leasing company owned by global private equity firms CVC, Cinven and Oak Hill.

28 October 2011

KKR’s BMG frontrunner for EMI arm

BMG Music Rights, the joint venture between global buy-out giant KKR and German media group Bertelsmann, has emerged as the frontrunner to buy EMI music’s publishing division.

28 October 2011

Carlyle eyes Turkish retail chain YFM

Global private equity firm Carlyle and Turkven, the Turkish buy-out affiliate of Advent International, are currently bidding for a stake in Istanbul-based department store chain YKM.

28 October 2011

Madison Dearborne shelves TransUnion sale

US private equity firm Madison Dearborne has shelved plans to sell credit reporting giant TransUnion in favour of a possible IPO, leaving a line of disappointed bidders including global buy-out firms Carlyle, Bain and Advent.

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