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18 July 2012

Australia’s Quadrant to buy mining products company CQMS Razer

Australian mid-market buyout firm Quadrant Private Equity is reported to have reached an agreement to buy CQMS Razer, in a deal that values the mining products and services company at more than A$150m ($155m).

18 July 2012

Apax, Baring Asia up against Pearson for Manipal Global stake

learn-book Apax Partners and Baring Asia are believed to be among private equity firms interested in buying a stake in Indian education company Manipal Global.

18 July 2012

Actis exits Banque Commerciale du Rwanda

rwanda5_sq London-based emerging markets investor Actis has sold its stake in Banque Commerciale du Rwanda to Kenyan regional bank I&M Bank and French and German development finance institutions Proparco and DEG.

18 July 2012

Tough economic times could yield “exceptional vintages”p

The current market conditions, while tough, remain extremely favourable for private equity as they provide for a healthy dealflow at very interesting entry levels, according to one investor.

18 July 2012

Blackstone’s APT claims discrimination over PE ownership

oil-ship_lrg American Petroleum Tankers Parent, a shipping business backed by global buyout giant Blackstone, has sued the US Department of Transportation alleging a $340m loan guarantee was improperly delayed due to the company’s private equity ownership.

18 July 2012

Bain Capital employees among top donors to $140m Romney fund

Employees at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm Bain Capital are among the biggest donors to his Romney Victory fund, it has emerged.

18 July 2012

ARC Financial hits $1bn hard cap for seventh energy fund

Canadian buyout house ARC Financial has hit the $1bn hard cap for its seventh energy-focused fund.

18 July 2012

Chinese service sector reforms to spur “new wave” of yuan funds

china-beijing_sq Global buyout houses including Blackstone and KKR are reported to have held early talks with Chinese authorities over the raising of a "new wave" of renminbi-denominated funds that would improve their competitive clout in the country.

18 July 2012

Aurora-backed NuCo2 halts IPO two years after filing

news_beer1_lrg Private equity-backed drink carbonation company NuCo2 has shelved plans for an IPO more than two years after filing to list on the New York Stock Exchange.

18 July 2012

CHAMP’s A$186m offer for Gerard Lighting wins approval

lighting_sq CHAMP has tabled an A$186m ($192m) cash offer to take Australia’s Gerard Lighting Group private, an offer that has received the unanimous approval of board members including the Gerard family.

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