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13 July 2012

New EU fund legislation concerns spark warning letter from managersp

A group of twenty large fund managers have warned new European legislation aimed at regulating private equity and hedge funds threatens the future of the single market.

13 July 2012

Romney accused of lying over Bain Capital exit date

Republican presidential candidate and former Bain Capital boss Mitt Romney has been accused of lying about the date he quit the private equity firm by a member of President Obama’s campaign team.

13 July 2012

Japan’s Unison Capital tables $104m offer for Nexcon Technology

Japanese private equity firm Unison Capital has launched a tender offer to buy KRW119.8bn ($104m) worth of shares in KOSDAQ-listed BMS product maker Nexcon Technology.

13 July 2012

Equistone Partners Europe acquires EuroAvionics

fighter-jet_sq Equistone Partners Europe has acquired a majority stake in EuroAvionics Holding, a manufacturer of civil certified avionics systems, from Varde Investments Ireland, for an undisclosed sum.

13 July 2012

Warburg liquidation target Titan Petrochemicals in new owner talks

ship-comms_sq Debt-riddled Chinese oil shipping company Titan Petrochemicals is planning a change of ownership despite a lawsuit from Warburg Pincus which could liquidate the company.

13 July 2012

Abraaj Capital exits IHH Healthcare stake in $2bn IPO

exit-arabic The Middle East’s biggest private equity firm has exited its 7.1 per cent stake in IHH Healthcare through a bumper $2bn IPO.

13 July 2012

Altor to sell Helly Hansen to Ontario Teachers

sailing_sq Nordic buyout house Altor Equity Partners has agreed to sell a controlling stake in Norwegian outdoor clothing maker Helly Hansen to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, the Canadian pension fund.

13 July 2012

Francisco Partners clinches deal for UK software company Kewill

US technology-focused private equity firm Francisco Partners has won the race to acquire UK-based trade and logistics software company Kewill.

13 July 2012

Debt-backed dividend recaps on the rise in US, says Moody’sp

In contrast to the dearth of debt-fueled dividend recaps in Europe as seen by the recent Birds Eye Iglo case, private equity-backed companies in the US have launched at least 35 such payouts worth over $11bn this year alone, according to Moody’s.

13 July 2012

Argos Soditic sells Roc-Eclerc to Daniel Abittan, management

Parisian private equity firm Argos Soditic has sold its stake in Roc-Eclerc, France’s second largest provider of funeral services, to serial entrepreneur Daniel Abittan and the company’s management team.

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