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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.

27 May 2011

BBC grants exclusivity to Exponent for magazine unit sale

The commercial arm of UK state broadcaster the BBC has named UK firm Exponent Private Equity as its preferred bidder in the auction for its magazine division.

27 May 2011

Venture-backed biofuel business Solazyme readies $196m IPO

Venture-backed algal biofuel business Solazyme is set to raise up to $196m as the company goes public on the Nasdaq exchange today.

27 May 2011

zouk, HgCapital receive UK Innovation Investment fund commitments

Two clean energy funds, Zouk Cleantech 2 and HgCapital Renewable Power Partners, will receive capital from the UK government, as it announces it will also launch on Offshore Renewable Energy technology and innovation centre.

27 May 2011

Watermill-backed metals company Latrobe files for IPO

Metals and alloys manufacturer Latrobe Special has filed to raise a reported $175m in an initial public offering.


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