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25 May 2011

Zynga prepares for multi-billion dollar IPO

Venture-backed social online gaming giant Zynga is preparing to launch a mega IPO that is likely to value the company at over $10bn.

25 May 2011

Citi Venture sells CEE pharma company in €365m deal

The emerging markets private equity investment arm of financial services giant Citi has sold CEE-focused pharmaceutical company Sanitas to NYSE-listed pharmaceutical company Valeant.

25 May 2011

Alaska Permanent Fund allocates $1.75bn to alternatives

US state investor the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is to increase its exposure to private equity with the announcement of an additional $1.75bn allocation to alternative asset classes.

25 May 2011

TPG picks up Goldman dealmaker for China team

US private equity firm has recruited one of Goldman Sachs’ Chinese investors as the firm looks to shore up its China team.

25 May 2011

Earlybird Venture invests in MENA social gaming company

European early stage technology investor Earlybird Ventures is targeting the nascent North Africa and Middle Eastern social gaming space, leading a $5m investment round in Peak Games, an emerging markets developer focused on the region.

25 May 2011

Riverside Company acquires children’s wear company Reima from Vaaka Partners

Lower mid-market investor the Riverside Company is to acquire Reima, a Northern European children’s wear brand from Finnish firm Vaaka Partners.

24 May 2011

KKR, IFC lead $97m investment in Indian lender Magma Fincorp

US private equity firm KKR has led an investment of INR4.4bn ($97.4m) in Indian commercial lender Magma Fincorp, alongside development finance institute the International Finance Corporation.

24 May 2011

TA Associates recruits Quadrangle exec for new Hong Kong office

US private equity firm TA Associates has expanded its reach in the Asia Pacific region with the establishment of an office in Hong Kong.

24 May 2011

Wise sells pharmaceutical logistics company Eurodifarm to DHL

Italian private equity firm wise has sold pharmaceutical logistics company Eurodifarm to the contract logistics unit of international express postal company DHL.

24 May 2011

Carlyle returns $6.4bn to investors in Q1 2011

US private equity giant Carlyle has revealed that it returned $6.4bn to investors in the first quarter of 2011, rivalling its total for the whole of 2010.

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