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14 April 2014

Helios garners $355m towards latest Africa fund

Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners has raised $355m towards its $1.16.5bn-targeting third fund, Helios Investors III.

14 April 2014

Sterling-backed First Choice hires banks for IPO

medical monitor Private equity-backed First Choice Emergency Room has reportedly hired Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank for an IPO. The emergency room network, which is backed by Sterling Partners, could be floated in the current quarter, said Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. First Choice operates in Texas and Colorado and posted revenues of nearly $100m[...]

14 April 2014

Oaktree set for partial exit of London-listed drinks company Stock Spirits

Asset management firm Oaktree Capital Management is to partially exit its stake in LSE-listed drinks company Stock Spirits Group, selling 50 million shares.

14 April 2014

Ardian exits Diana Group for €1.3bn

france french paris French private equity firm Ardian has sold food ingredients maker Diana Group to Symrise for €1.3bn, despite previous interest from buyout houses.

14 April 2014

EQT lines up exit for Taiwan’s Gala TV

Nordic private equity firm EQT is seeking to exit Taiwanese channel operator Gala TV for as much as $200m.

14 April 2014

LDC backs £30m deal for Prism UK Medical

UK mid-market firm LDC has completed an investment to support the £30m acquisition of Prism UK Medical, a leading manufacturer and provider of specialist movement and handling solutions, from Toronto-based TSX Venture Exchange-listed business Prism Medical.

14 April 2014

Policy update crucial to enticing offshore investors to Australiap

A more expansive Significant Investor visa programme would help Australian businesses benefit from venture capital funding to fuel future economic growth.

11 April 2014

First time PE fundraisers continues to struggle in cautious marketp

news_green_shoots_lrg First time private equity fundraisers are struggling to make an impact despite improving market conditions as LPs stick with more established firms, new research shows.

11 April 2014

Europe drives global buyout exit deal activityp

exit Last year was great for exits and deal activity was as robust as the private equity has ever seen, according to recent research.

11 April 2014

Brentwood-backed Zoe’s Kitchen prices IPO to raise $87.5m

Zoe's Kitchen Brentwood Associates-backed Mediterranean restaurant chain Zoe’s Kitchen has raised about $87.5m by pricing its IPO at the top end of its range. The company, which marks its 20th year of trading next year, previously filed to raise up to $80.5m by floating on the New York Stock Exchange. Zoe’s Kitchen priced its IPO at $15 per[...]

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