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10 May 2011

Birmingham launches start-up accelerator programme

The English city of Birmingham is looking to catalyse innovation with the launch of a start-up acceleration programme.

10 May 2011

Terra Firma readies £475m bond sale

UK private equity firm Terra Firma is preparing to sell £475m (€540.9m) to refinance cinema portfolio company Odeon & UCI and fund acquisitions.

10 May 2011

Sovereign Capital acquires Greenwich School of Management

UK growth investor Sovereign Capital has invested in Greenwich School of Management, a private sector provider of university-accredited qualifications.

10 May 2011

West Danish Growth Capital to invest in 20 companies

Scandinavian developmental investor West Danish Growth Capital (Vestdansk Vækstkapital) is readying an investment spree, with 20 deals in the pipeline.

10 May 2011

Apollo steps into the spotlight with American Idol producer acquisition

Recently listed US private equity firm Apollo is to acquire CKx, the entertainment company behind televised talent contest American Idol, in a deal said to be valued at around $509m.

10 May 2011

Business software company TARGIT buys out Nordic Venture Partners

The management of Danish business software company TARGIT have bought back total control of the business from venture capital backers Nordic Venture Partners.

10 May 2011

GS Capital Partners, Weston Presidio, take stake in Applebee’s franchisee

The private equity arm of US financial services giant Goldman Sachs has made a growth investment into Apple American Group, the largest franchisee of restaurant chain Applebee’s, alongside US firm Weston Presidio.

10 May 2011

Redflex shareholders reject Carlyle, Macquarie bid

A takeover bid for Australian traffic safety company Redflex by Carlyle and Macquarie looks dead in the water after their sweetened bid for the business was shot down by shareholders yesterday.

10 May 2011

Cycleenergy’s €18m fundraising cements expansion plans

Cycleenergy Biomass Power, which operates a group of biomass cogeneration plants in Austria, has raised €18m from private and institutional backers in its third round of fundraising.

10 May 2011

J-Star drills into construction machinery company Yaiheiyo Seiki

Japanese private equity firm J-Star has acquired a majority stake in Tokyo-headquartered construction machinery parts maker Taiheiyo Seiki through newly-formed vehicle Pacific Precision Holdings.

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