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25 July 2011

EGHC raises $61m in venture funding round

Essence Group Holdings (EGHC) has raised $61m in a private funding round that includes new investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Camden Partners.

25 July 2011

Listed fund of funds Conversus Capital reports asset value rise

Listed fund of funds Conversus Capital has seen its net asset value increase according to its latest financial results.

25 July 2011

Carlyle looks to offload RAC stake

The Carlyle Group is reportedly looking to offload a stake in UK breakdown service RAC, only a month on from its £1bn takeover of the company.

25 July 2011

Advent buys fast food chain Bojangles’ from Falfurrias Capital

US private equity firm Falfurrias Capital Partners has agreed to sell the Charlotte-based Bojangles’ restaurant chain to US private equity firm Advent International.

25 July 2011

Palamon take majority stake in online booking business EnGrande

Mid-market private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in EnGrande, an European online booking business which focuses on the budget accommodation market.

25 July 2011

Blackstone, Carlyle line up for Morgan Keenan

Private equity heavyweights Blackstone and Carlyle are expected to bid for Morgan Keenan, one of the US’s largest regional investment firms, according to Reuters.

25 July 2011

Terra Firma rejects BC bid for Odeon

BC Partners has seen a £1.1bn bid for UK cinema group Odeon rejected by owner Terra Firma, according to news reports.

25 July 2011

Gryphon sells physio company to Canadian pension fund

San Francisco-based private equity firm Gryphon Investors has sold Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers to the investment arm of OMERS Worldwide, the Canadian pension fund.

25 July 2011

Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst lead $112m investment in Airbnb

Venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst alongside Digital Sky Technologies have participated in a financing round for Airbnb, which connects people with private accommodation with travellers looking for a place to stay.

25 July 2011

Half of LPs dissatisfied with private equity management fees

Fifty per cent of LPs are dissatisfied with private equity fund management fees, but almost two thirds are willing to pay more when justified by performance, according to a recent report.

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