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5 May 2011

Cerberus’ Focus calls in administrators

Private equity-owned UK home improvement chain Focus has called in the administrators, leaving its 175 stores at the risk of closure.

5 May 2011

Carlyle, Stephens Group invest $200m in Brand Banking parent

US private equity firms Carlyle and the Stephens Group are to invest up to $200m in Brand Group Holdings, a Georgia-headquartered banking company, alongside family-owned company Nonami.

5 May 2011

Advent picks up Penta’s TES Group

UK private equity firm Advent International has acquired TES Group, a Czech manufacturer of electric motors and generators, from CEE-focused firm Penta Investments.

4 May 2011

Cerberus wins $1.1bn Innkeepers USA auction

US private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has won an auction to acquire the bulk of assets held by bankrupt US real estate investment trust Innkeepers USA Trust.

4 May 2011

News Corp, Exon approach CVC over Formula 1 sale

UK private equity firm CVC may be looking to sell its stake in Formula 1 after receiving overtures from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and family office Exor.

4 May 2011

GMT banks four times return on $350m Bigpoint exit

UK media and telecoms-focused investor GMT Partners has made a four times return on the partial sale of its majority stake in German online gaming company Bigpoint.

4 May 2011

General Atlantic-backed “Chinese Facebook” RenRen sets $743m IPO at top of indicative range

China social networking giant RenRen has set the indicative range for a New York IPO that could stand to raise $743.3m.

3 May 2011

Baring Vostok-backed Yandex files for IPO

Yandex, Russia’s largest internet search engine, has filed for a initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq exchange in New York.

3 May 2011

Discount designer site ideeli raises $41m in Series C

US ‘flash sale’ website has raised $41m in its third round of venture capital financing, led by Next World Capital.

3 May 2011

Solar company Enecsys closes Europe’s largest cleantech venture round of 2011

Enecsys, a supplier of solar micro inverter systems for residential and commercial applications, has secured £25m (€28m) in equity financing, in the largest cleantech venture round across Europe this year.

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