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17 April 2014

Venture capital-backed dating website Zoosk eyes $100m IPO

heart_lrg Venture capital-backed online dating website Zoosk is looking to raise $100m via an IPO.

17 April 2014

Placement agent FIRSTavenue hires Blackstone MD for new Sydney office

Placement agent FIRSTavenue has hired former Blackstone managing director Martin Donnelly as a partner to the firm’s new office in Sydney, Australia.

17 April 2014

Idea Capital leads investment in auto safety company Meta-Fin

Italian private equity firm Idea Capital has partnered with fellow investor Nord Est to acquire a 32 per cent stake in automotive safety and security company Meta-Fin.

17 April 2014

Biotech investment dips amid dearth of buyouts

The value of private equity, venture capital and development capital investments targeting the biotech sector in March dipped for the second month in a row, while volume held.

16 April 2014

ICG hits €1.7bn hard cap for senior debt fund

euro8_170sq Investment firm Intermediate Capital Group has closed its first Senior Debt Partners fund on its €1.75bn, far ahead of its €1bn target.

16 April 2014

Promethean Investments pulls pawnbroker Albermarle & Bond out of administration

gold5_lrg Promethean Investments has lead an investor group to buy troubled UK pawnbroker Albermarle & Bond out of administration.

16 April 2014

Nordic Capital leading Wendel in potential €1.2bn LTS Lohmann buyout

LTS patch European private equity major Nordic Capital is reportedly leading the race for German medical patch maker LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme for around €1.2bn.

16 April 2014

Meltwater ups offer for Cision

Sweden Swedish flag US software business Meltwater has raised its bid for Swedish sector peer Cision, which has also drawn interest from private equity firm GTCR.

16 April 2014

FSN Capital taps new fund for Kjell & Co Elektronik deal

Breville-kettle_sq Nordic private equity firm FSN Capital has agreed to buy consumer electronics accessories retailer Kjell & Co Elektronik from ICA Gruppen and the company’s founders.

16 April 2014

Bain Capital Ventures backs Manicube

mani Manicure startup Manicube has secured a $5m Series A round led by Bain Capital’s venture arm and backed by its existing investors including F Cubed.

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