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21 April 2011

GS Capital to invest up to $291m in insurer Enstar Group

The private equity arm of financial services giant Goldman Sachs is to invest up to $291.6m in Enstar Group, a Bermuda-based insurance and re-insurance manager.

21 April 2011

Tesco picks up venture-backed VoD site blinkbox

UK supermarket giant Tesco has acquired 80 per cent of online video on demand (VoD) service blinkbox from its venture capital backers Eden Ventures and Nordic Venture Partners.

21 April 2011

Pamplona-backed Chaucer acquired by Hanover for £313m

Lloyds of London insurer Chaucer is to be acquired by Hanover, a NYSE-listed US general insurer worth $2bn.

20 April 2011

Inflexion checks out Ideal Shopping Direct

UK private equity firm Inflexion looks set to acquire internet shopping company Ideal Shopping direct after the company’s management accepted the firm’s £78.3m (€88.4m) bid.

20 April 2011

Weston Presidio sells Trimark Sportswear to Polyconcept NA

US private equity firm Weston Presidio has sold Canadian apparel company Trimark Sportswear to promotional products maker Polyconcept North America. The move is Polyconcept’s first into branded apparel.

20 April 2011

LDC acquires refrigerant specialist A-Gas, web hosting company UK2

UK mid-market investor LDC has acquired refrigerants supplier A-Gas from SME investor Growth Capital Partners in a deal valuing the company at £70m (€78.9m), and web hosting company UK2 for £47m (€52.9m).

20 April 2011

Enterprise Investors banks eight times return on €92m Kruk Warsaw IPO

Polish debt collection service Kruk, backed by Central Europe-focused private equity firm Enterprise Investors (EI) has raised €92m in an initial public offering (IPO) on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

20 April 2011

KKR, Permira-backed ProSieben sells off Benelux ops for €1.2bn

European TV network ProSiebenSat, owned by private equity firms KKR and Permira, is to sell its Dutch and Belgian operations to a consortium of media groups for €1.2bn.

19 April 2011

Private equity-backed Air Lease raises $800m in IPO

Private equity-backed aircraft lessor Air Lease has raised $802.5m in a New York IPO less than a year after its inception.

19 April 2011

ECI taps into Isis Equity’s Reed & Mackay

UK mid-market private equity firm ECI Partners is to take a stake in business travel services company Reed & Mackay, a portfolio company of Isis Equity Partners.

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