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23 March 2012

LDC ramps up investment in the British travel industry

plane-interior_sq The private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group is said to be in talks with Airline Services, a Manchester-based provider of aircraft presentation and cabin interior services, over a possible takeover deal worth over £30m.

23 March 2012

Empire Investment exits MSI Surgical Solutions

US private equity firm Empire Investment Holdings has exited its investment in MSI Surgical Solutions to Synergy Health.

23 March 2012

Blackstone-backed Travelport still considering IPO

The boss of private equity-backed Travelport has said that an IPO still remains an option for the business, following a shelved London listing in that would have valued the reservation services company at around £1.2bn.

23 March 2012

HSBC to wind down Principal Investments unitp

British banking giant HSBC has decided to wind down its last remaining UK private equity arm ahead of regulation that will prevent banks from carrying out proprietary trading in the asset class, two people familiar with the matter told AltAssets.

23 March 2012

LPs demanding ‘soft commitment’ option for MENA investmentsp

middle-east-yacht Limited partners spooked by volatility in the Middle East are increasingly demanding a ‘soft commitment’ option giving them the power to veto individual investments.

22 March 2012

Forsyth seals NY-listed Baldwin Technology take-private

US mid-market private equity firm Forsyth Capital has completed its take-private buy-out of New York-listed Baldwin Technology, which provides process automation technology for the print media industry.

22 March 2012

Latin America booming through limitations in other emerging marketsp

south-america-map Latin America is becoming a powerhouse of private equity as it lacks China’s opacity, India’s over-regulation and Russia’s corruption, the head of the regions private equity body LAVCA has said.

22 March 2012

Sweden halts “aggressive” private equity firms’ tax avoidance loophole

loophole-rope Private equity firms have been targeted by the Swedish government as it closed a $1bn tax loophole following outrage at their profits in the healthcare sector.

22 March 2012

PremjiInvest invests in Tata retail arm Trent Ltd

new-delhi_lrg PremjiInvest, the private equity vehicle of Wipro tycoon Azim Premji, has bought up almost half of the recently tabled shares in Trent Ltd, the retail unit of Indian conglomerate Tata Group.

22 March 2012

Morgan Stanley PE Asia invests $300m in Tianhe Chemical

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia has sealed the largest investment from its third fund after buying a $300m stake in Chinese chemical heavyweight Tianhe, in a deal that will enable the business to expand into the US and Europe.

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