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21 June 2012

Adveq makes Europe team’s Tim Creed managing director

Tim Creed Adveq Managing Director - AltAssets Private Equity News Global fund of funds investor Adveq has promoted Tim Creed to managing director after eight years at the firm.

21 June 2012

Equistone buys £140m stake in technical recruiter Fircroft

Equistone has bought a significant stake in recruitment firm Fircroft Engineering Services for £140m, marking the mid-market buyout firm’s third acquisition since spinning out from British banking giant Barclays late last year.

21 June 2012

Blackstone nears exit of debt-heavy plastic films company Kloeckner

news_film_lrg Blackstone is close to selling debt-riddled German plastic films company Kloeckner Pentaplast to hedge fund Strategic Value Partners and junior lenders, its is understood.

21 June 2012

Belgium’s Gimv adds AG Insurance as a limited partner

brussels-night_sq AG Insurance is investing €65m in Belgian private equity firm Gimv’s XL fund by acquiring part of the commitment and existing investment of co-sponsor Vlaamse Participatiemaatchappij.

21 June 2012

Huron recaps Bloomer Plastics for eighth platform purchase

plastic-pipes_sq North America-focused buyout firm Huron Capital has made its eight platform purchase through the recapitalisation of Bloomer Plastics.

21 June 2012

Doughty Hanson nets 2.5x return from Norit exit

UK private equity firm Doughty Hanson has sold Norit, a maker of high-grade activated carbons, to Cabot Corp for $1.1bn.

21 June 2012

Technicolor shareholders snub JP Morgan in favour of Vector offer

Shareholders in French digital TV company Technicolor have snubbed a board recommendation for a JP Morgan buyout in favour of a higher offer from Vector Capital.

21 June 2012

Europe bond, banking risks pushing LPs towards private equityp

Insitutional investors are increasingly turning to private markets in an attempt to escape risk-taking banks and volatile government bond markets, according to the Swiss Funds Association.

21 June 2012

Barclays spin-out Equistone prepares sale of Hydrasunp

Barclays spin-out Equistone is preparing to sell Hydrasun, a Scottish company that makes industrial hoses and other parts for the oil and gas industry, in a deal that is expected to fetch more than £100m, a person familiar with the matter told AltAssets.

21 June 2012

Macquarie hires McKay to lead European private market investments

Macquarie’s investment management division has hired Merrick McKay to lead the Sydney-based financial services firm’s European investments in its private markets team.

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