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31 May 2011

Energy storage company Primus absorbs $11m venture funding

Grid-scale energy storage solutions provider Primus Power has raised $11m from venture capital investors to support the commercialisation of its technology.

31 May 2011

Lone Star moves in on Affinity’s Tokyo Star bank

US investment fund Lone Star is to take control of private equity-backed Japanese banking group Tokyo Star after it experienced difficulties repaying its debts, according to the Financial Times.

31 May 2011

Thomas H Lee invests $180m in First Bancorp

US private equity firm Thomas H Lee Partners is to take a 24.9 per cent stake in First BanCorp, the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico, for $180m.

31 May 2011

PAI to sell energy efficiency company SPIE to private equity consortium for €2.1bn

French private equity firm PAI Partners looks set to sell local engineering group SPIE after granting exclusivity to a consortium of private equity investors.

31 May 2011

KKR scores Academy Sports + Outdoors takeover

US private equity firm KKR has acquired Sports + Outdoor, a sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, with former owners the Gochnan family retaining a minority ownership stake.

31 May 2011

EQT backs data centre specialist Coromatic MBO

Swedish firm EQT Partners has backed the management buy-out MBO of Nordic data centre builder Coromatic from rival firm Litorina, in a deal worth €40m.

31 May 2011

Apax hits the fundraising trail, plans to stay private

UK private equity firm Apax Partners has set its sights on the largest private equity fundraising since the downturn, targeting €9bn for its latest buy-out fund.

31 May 2011

Stirling Square sells Metroweb to Italian infrastructure fund

European private equity firm Stirling square Capital Partners has sold its majority stake in Metroweb, manager of a Milanese fibre-optic network, to F2i, an Italian infrastructure fund.

31 May 2011

Amadeus breaks Stockholm tech IPO drought with Transmode float

UK private equity and venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners has taken Swedish networking solutions business Transmode public in the first technology company listing on the Stockholm exchange since 2007.

31 May 2011

Asian Development Bank injects $60m into three cleantech venture funds

Philippines-headquartered development finance institution the Asian Development Bank is to commit $60m to three cleantech-focused venture capital funds, as the organisation taps into green energy investment to meet the rising demand for power across the continent.


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