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4 August 2011

India-focused Westbridge raises $500m for new fund

India-focused private equity firm WestBridge Capital Partners has raised $500m to finance a new round of investments, according to news reports.

4 August 2011

Blackstone confirms $3bn Emdeon deal

Blackstone has agreed to acquire a majority interest in Emdeon in a $3bn deal that will completely privatise the US healthcare revenue giant.

4 August 2011

Fund of funds SL Capital adds Thomas Chevalier as investment director

Scotland-based private equity firm SL Capital Partners, the fund of funds arm of Standard Life, has appointed former attorney Thomas Chevalier to join the investment team at the firm’s Edinburgh office.

4 August 2011

Groupon founders’ Lightbank gets friendly with WhosHere

The technology investment vehicle of Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell has led a Series A financing round for the creator of WhosHere, the latest social networking app.

4 August 2011

Asset valuations up for KKR in second quarter

For the quarter and six months ending June 30, KKR's investments appreciated 3.8 per cent and 10.1 per cent respectively, bringing the total of the firm’s assets under management to $61.9bn, up form $54.4bn as of June 30 last year.

4 August 2011

KKR ups its stake in India’s Avantha Power

KKR and Indian power generation group Avantha have announced plans to invest a further INR5.5bn ($120m) in the company, following the US buy-out house’s initial investment last year, according to news reports.

4 August 2011

Shareholders approve $176.4m Citadel Capital rights issue

Shareholders in Cairo-based private equity firm Citadel Capital have approved a rights issue valued at EGP1.05bn ($176.4m).

3 August 2011

Clarus leads $41m growth round for Restoration Robotics

US life sciences venture firm Clarus Ventures has led a $41m Series C financing round for Restoration Robotics, which has developed a state-of-the-art follicular unit extraction system to enable hair transplantation.

3 August 2011

American Capital announces second quarter results

Listed mid-market private equity firm American Capital announced its second quarter results this week, reporting a net operating income of $71m and net earnings of $410m.

3 August 2011

Bridgelux lights up with $60m Series E round

Energy efficient lighting company Bridgelux has secured $60m in its fifth round of funding.

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