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19 March 2012

Bahraini investment firm Arcapita files for bankruptcy protection

bahrain-2_sq Bahrain-based investment firm Arcapita said it has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US in a bid to restructure the business.

19 March 2012

Cinven, Warburg up Ziggo IPO size due to strong investor demandp

Ziggo, the Dutch cable company backed by global private equity majors Cinven and Warburg Pincus, has increased the number of shares in its Amsterdam IPO due to strong investor demand, meaning that the listing next week could raise up to €925m.

19 March 2012

Investcorp buys British education company GLE from VSS

school-trip_lrg Investcorp, the Bahrain-based Alternative investment group, has bought British education company GL Education Group alongside management.

19 March 2012

Warburg takes on Simon Eyers for European energy investments

Global private equity firm Warburg Pincus has announced that 4D Global Energy Advisors co-founder Simon Eyers will join the firm’s London office as a managing director, where he will focus on energy investments in Europe and emerging markets.

19 March 2012

Carlyle poaches Lloyds investment banker for new EMEA team

Carlyle Group has hired a senior Lloyds banker for its financial services arm in a move which could herald a series of private equity raids on banking assets.

19 March 2012

Vista Equity Partners clinches £1.27bn Misys take-private

US private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has reached a deal to buy UK-based banking software company Misys for £1.27bn, ending a protracted sale process that also saw interest from buy-out houses CVC Capital Partners and ValueAct Capital.

19 March 2012

Dubai International Capital could have to bail out debt-ridden Doncasters

engineering_lrg British engineering firm Doncasters is in danger of being seized by its banks unless its Dubai-based private equity owners stump up cash to ease its £700m debt burden.

19 March 2012

BC Partners to buy Foxtons for second time

European private equity major BC Partners is close to buying British estate agency Foxtons for the second time, less than five years after the firm’s failed takeover that left it nursing losses of tens of millions of pounds.

16 March 2012

Morgenthaler exits Avtron Loadbank through sale to Emerson

US lower mid-market firm Morgenthaler Private Equity has sold power integrity tester manufacturer Avtron Loadbank to Emerson Electric.

16 March 2012

CVC Capital Partners to exit Australia

London-based private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is said to be withdrawing from Australia, as it comes to grips with large losses from its third Asia fund and a lack of debt financing to support deals.

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