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10 August 2010

Welsh, Carson makes healthcare hire

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the self-proclaimed largest private equity firm investing exclusively in the information services and healthcare industries, has added a senior adviser to its healthcare team.

9 August 2010

Jimmy Choo’s PE owners may step out of shoemaker for £500m

Jimmy Choo, the luxury shoemaker coveted by fashionistas and celebrities alike, may see its private equity owners step out of the investment, with banks currently being vetted to advise on “strategic options” and a possible £500m (€602m) sale, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

9 August 2010

AXA Private Equity lines up majority stake in Rollon for portfolio

AXA Private Equity, the investment arm of French insurance group AXA, has lined up the acquisition of 51.8 per cent of Rollon Group, an Italian manufacturer of linear bearings and actuators.

9 August 2010

Gobi to manage China-Singapore VC fund

Gobi Partners is helping to strengthen China and Singapore’s ties with a new venture capital fund that will invest in start-ups in the digital media and technology sectors in both countries.

9 August 2010

Solazyme raises $52m to bring micro-algae biofuel products to market

Algae biofuel business Solazyme has raised $52m in a financing round led by Braemar Energy Ventures and new investor Morgan Stanley, which will help bring its products to market.

9 August 2010

KKR provides debt for rivals’ RBS deal

The much anticipated sale of Royal Bank of Scotland's card payment processing unit, WorldPay, for £2bn (€2.4bn) to Advent International and Bain Capital was part financed by rival buy-out firm KKR’s debt team.

9 August 2010

Charterhouse acts as vendor in €1.2bn Autobar sale to CVC

European LBO outfit CVC Capital Partners has agreed to buy snack vending machine group Autobar from competitor Charterhouse Capital Partners, in a deal reported to be worth €1.2bn.

9 August 2010

Global PE dealmaking plummeted by half in 2009

Global private equity investments plummeted by a half to $91bn last year, according to research released today by new body TheCityUK, as buy-out firms struggled to tap banks for debt to finance deals and battened down the hatches, concentrating on keeping their portfolio businesses afloat.

6 August 2010

3i lines up sale of two German investments

FTSE 100 private equity house 3i has called on investment bankers for the sale of its two biggest German investments, worth a combined €1.2bn, in a push to cut its debt even further, according to the Financial Times.

6 August 2010

NXP IPO prices below expectations

After months of speculation, Dutch semiconductor manufacturer NXP’s initial public offering will see the company sell its shares for $14, markedly lower than the expected $18 to $21 price range.

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