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19 May 2011

Gresham eyes Witchery IPO

Australian firm Gresham Private Equity is preparing to float fashion retailer Witchery in a deal that could be worth around AUS$300m.

19 May 2011

KKR makes takeover bid for Versatel

US private equity firm KKR looks set to take over private equity-backed German phone and internet company Versatel.

19 May 2011

Amec picks up Nautic’s Mactec for $280m

FTSE 100 engineering services group Amec is to acquire engineering and environmental services Mactec, a portfolio company of Rhode Island private equity firm Nautic Partners, for $280m in cash.

19 May 2011

Cerberus checks out 3i Infotech billing and payments unit

US private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is to acquire the US-based global billings and payment unit of Indian IT group 3i Infotech.

18 May 2011

Leeds Equity acquires Nobel Learning in $149m deal

New York education and training-focused private equity firm Leeds Equity Partners is to acquire school operator Nobel Learning Communities in a transaction valued at $149m.

18 May 2011

Venture-backed LinkedIn ups IPO price by $10 a share

Venture-backed online professional network LinkedIn has ratcheted up the per-share price of its upcoming IPO, just a couple of weeks after increasing the size of the offering.

18 May 2011

BAML spin-out Ridgemont buys Gallus Pharmaceuticals

US private equity firm Ridgemont equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in biologics contract manufacturing company Gallup Biopharmaceuticals.

18 May 2011

Former Tesco chief joins CD&R

US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has enlisted Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, as a senior advisor.

18 May 2011

Climate Change Capital leads £10m investment in energy efficiency innovator Nujira

European private equity fund Climate Change Capital has led a £10m (€11.3m) investment in UK energy efficiency technology company Nujira. The company claims its technology has the potential to save mobile phone network operators £1bn (€1.1bn) a year in what would otherwise be wasted energy.

18 May 2011

Nova Capital sells lab supply company Sterilin

UK private equity secondaries investor Nova Capital Management has sold laboratory supply company Sterilin to scientific implements maker Thermo Fisher.

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