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25 April 2011

Sequoia backs Chinese online retailer Milanoo.com

US venture firm Sequoia Capital has backed Beijing-based online retailer Milanoo.com, investing in the company's business operations.

22 April 2011

Apollo’s Momentive files for $862m IPO

Apollo Management portfolio company Momentive Performance Holdings is to raise up to $862.5m in an initial public offering.

22 April 2011

Credit Agricole picks up 30 per cent stake in French radio station Skyrock from AXA PE

French banking group Credit Agricole has acquired a 30 per cent stake in iconic French radio station Skyrock from AXA Private Equity.

22 April 2011

Energy Spectrum raises $999m for fund VI, targets southern US gas assets

Dallas energy-focused private equity firm Energy Spectrum has raised $998.7m for its sixth fund, which is to focus on mid-stream infrastructure opportunities and management teams.

21 April 2011

EQT rings the bell for Securitas alarm company sale

Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners is preparing burglar alarm company Securitas Direct for a sale that could raise up to $3bn.

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

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.

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