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13 May 2011

CVC bets on Philippines banking sector with $115m Rizal Commercial investment

UK private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is to acquire a 15 per cent stake in Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, the fifth-largest bank in the Philippines.

13 May 2011

Europe-focused infrastructure funds target $33bn

Europe currently stands as the most sought-after destination for infrastructure investment, with 47 funds targeting the region collectively looking to raise a total of $33.3bn to invest in projects on the continent.

13 May 2011

Landis + Gyr eyes private equity acquisition

Smart metering company Landis + Gyr - which is reportedly valued in the region of $1.5bn - looks set to be taken over by private firms TPG and EQT Partners.

13 May 2011

Mantra Investissement seeks to overturn Private Equity Holdings board

Mantra Investissement, a French investor in listed private equity, has teamed up with activist investor Guy Wyser-Pratte to launch an attack on the board of Swiss listed fund of funds Private Equity Holding, over accusations that the firm has failed to improve shareholder value.

12 May 2011

Thoma Bravo locks down Tripwire acquisition

US private equity firm Thoma Bravo is to acquire Tripwire, a Portland-headquartered IT and security compliance company.

12 May 2011

Citadel MD sees MENA slowdown, postpones exits

The fundraising environment for North Africa and the Middle East is likely to slow down in light of the political instability that has spread across the region this year, according to the co-founder of Citadel Capital, the region’s largest private equity firm.

12 May 2011

TA Associates drills into Indian mining services company Tega

US private equity firm TA Associates has made its fifth deal in India with the acquisition of a minority stake in Tega Industries, a lining products and consultancy services provider for the mining industry. The deal is worth $40m, according to a source familiar with the situation.

12 May 2011

Itochu gets the nod for Kwik Fit takeover

Japanese industrial conglomerate has received permission to acquire UK autoparts dealer Kwik Fit from French private equity owner PAI Partners by EU regulators.

12 May 2011

Takeda offers $12bn for PE-backed Nycomed

Japanese pharmaceutical giant Takeda is in talks to buy private equity-backed Swiss pharma firm Nycomed for over $12bn, according to Reuters.

12 May 2011

Goldman Sachs to raise up to $770m yuan-denominated fund

US investment bank Goldman Sachs is to become the latest firm to get the greenlight to raise a yuan-denominated private equity fund.

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