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27 July 2011

Toronto’s Northwater Capital commits $30m to Unique Solutions Design

Toronto-based Northwater Capital has completed the first tranche of a $30m investment in Unique Solutions Design, a developer of body fit solutions and technologies.

27 July 2011

JC Flowers, TStone in bid for South Koreas Woori

Financial servies investment group JC Flowers is in discussion with South Korean mid-market buy-out firm TStone over taking a joint stake in Seoul-based Woori Finance Holdings, Korea’s largest bank, according to news reports.

27 July 2011

3i continues strategy of divesting minority investments

3i has sold its stake in UK carpet-maker Greenwood & Coope (Cormar Carpets) who bought out the firm’s long-term minority investment.

27 July 2011

NAXS commits €7m to Swedish Valedo II fund

Nordic fund of funds NAXS has made a SEK65m (€7m) commitment to Swedish buy-out firm Valedo’s second private equity fund, with 65 per cent of equity focused on small and mid cap funds.

27 July 2011

Cleantech-focused Masdar Capital outlines investment criteria

Abu Dhabi-based private equity firm Masdar Capital will look to commit capital to companies that have a strong customer pipeline that will lead to reliable future revenues.

27 July 2011

China’s sovereign wealth fund grows exposure to private equity

China’s sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corporation (CIC), has increased its allocation to alternative assets in 2010, including private equity and infrastructure.

27 July 2011

WL Ross, Fairfax, Cardinal line up for Bank of Ireland

A consortium of investors including private equity firm WL Ross and Toronto-based holding company Fairfax Financial are in line to acquire as much as a 37 per cent stake in the Bank of Ireland, according to news reports.

27 July 2011

Novartis leads investment in Atlas Genetics

European investor Novartis Venture Funds has led a £16.9m Series B financing round for British diagnostic company Atlas Genetics.

27 July 2011

Sigma leads $12m round for IVR start-up Interactions

US venture firm Sigma Partners led a $12m financing round for customer care technology start-up Interactions Corporation.

27 July 2011

GE Capital forms strategic co-investment partnership with Mitsui

Private equity group GE Capital has formed a new strategic relationship with Tokyo-based industrial group Mitsui & Co.

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