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14 June 2012

3i second firm to dump Sulake stake over fears children exposed to explicit content

habbo-hotel-sulake-balderton1 London-based buyout house 3i has become the second firm to dump its stake in social networking group Sulake amid fears children were being subjected to explicit sexual content on one of its sites.

14 June 2012

Time has come to put PE in Peru, says UCG Investments headp

Francisco Roque de Pinho - AltAssets Private Equity News Aside from believing Peru is on the verge of a private equity boom, UCG Investments chief executive Francisco Roque de Pinho has his own reasons for being pleased his firm has launched an office in the country.

14 June 2012

Encore Capital invests in Technical Software Consultants

London-based growth investor Encore Capital has invested in Technical Software Consultants, a designer and manufacturer of non-destructive testing equipment, in a deal backed by a £3m financing facility backed by Octopus Investments.

14 June 2012

Private equity-fuelled renewable energy M&A set to surgep

The renewable energy space is expected to see a high level of M&A activity within the next year, according to a recent survey, with the majority of respondents forecasting private equity buyouts to increase within that time.

14 June 2012

Palestine investment flowering amid wider Middle East turmoilp

flag_palestine_lrg As a string of bloody revolutions across the MENA region continues to causes investors to think twice, it’s a case of business as usual for one country which has seen it all before.

14 June 2012

Palatine Private Equity bolsters advisory board

board-conference-hire_sq Palatine Private Equity, the UK regional mid-market investor, has bolstered its executive advisory board with the appointment of former Towergate Financial CEO Ian Darby and Michael Fort, who previously led clinical trials business Synexus.

14 June 2012

PE-backed sports clothing company Li Ning facing profit slump

Private equity-backed Chinese sportswear company Li Ning has warned it faces a substantial decline in profits this year.

14 June 2012

LDC backs Metronet MBO, Acceleris, YFM exit

news_lloyds_lrg The private equity arm of state-backed lender Lloyds banking Group has financed the management buyout of pay-as-you-go broadband business Metronet, in a deal that will provide an exit from UK growth investor YFM and angel investor group Acceleris.

14 June 2012

Temasek increases Mongolia exposure through 5.5% Ivanhoe buy

Singapore sovereign wealth investor Temasek has bought a 5.5 per cent stake in Canada’s Ivanhoe mines for $426m as it looks to increase its exposure to Mongolia.

14 June 2012

EQT clinches Nokia luxury mobile phone arm Vertu

Stockholm-based private equity major EQT has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Vertu, the luxury handset unit of Nokia, as the Nordic mobile phone giant sells of non-core assets in a bid to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

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