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14 July 2011

KKR – Jonathan Grayer joint venture makes first acquisition

Weld North, the joint venture between US private equity firm KKR and former Kaplan CEO Jonathan Grayer, has made its first investment, acquiring e-learning company e2020.

14 July 2011

Nordic Capital backs out of race for cable company Com Hem, reports

Northern Europe-focused private equity firm Nordic Capital will no longer bid to acquire Swedish cable company Com Hem, according to Reuters.

14 July 2011

CalPERS targets private equity vehicle for emerging managers

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has outlined plans for a new investment vehicle that will focus on domestic emerging managers for the pension fund’s private equity programme.

14 July 2011

Latin America-focused Acon acquires Colombian waste company Grupo Sala

Private equity fund the Acon Latin America Opportunities Fund has acquired Colombian waste and wastewater treatment company Grupo Sala.

14 July 2011

New York’s Torque acquires turbine engine manufacturers Triumph, Dynamic

New York-based private equity firm Torque Capital Group has acquired the assets of turbine engine manufacturers Dynamic Turbine and Triumph Precision Castings (TPC) in two separate transactions. Financial details were not disclosed.

14 July 2011

JLL gains healthy exit with PharmaNet

New York-based private equity firm JLL Partners has closed the sale of PharmaNet Development Group to Thomas H. Lee Partners affiliate, Ventiv Health.

14 July 2011

HarbourVest unveils increased offer for Absolute Private Equity

Private equity group HarbourVest Partners has announced an increased offer price in the public tender offer for Absolute Private Equity, an investment company located in Zug, Switzerland and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

14 July 2011

Mid-market-focused Ridgemont takes piece of Aurora Parts

Mid-market buyout firm Ridgemont Equity Partners has made a majority equity investment in Aurora Parts & Accessories, a distributor of aftermarket and replacement semi-trailer parts.

14 July 2011

Serent Capital invests in C2 Education

San Francisco-based private equity firm Serent Capital has invested an undisclosed amount in K-12 private tutoring company C2 Educational Systems.

14 July 2011

American Securities closes $753m distressed fund

American Securities Opportunities Fund has closed its second fund with more than $753m of committed capital.

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