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17 February 2012

Advent International, GS Capital to acquire TransUnion from Madison Dearborn, Pritzker family

Private equity firms Advent International and GS Capital Partners have agreed to acquire credit reporting company TransUnion from investment group Madison Dearborn Partners and the Pritzker family.

17 February 2012

Billabong shelves takeover talks with TPG following Trilantic’s Nixon offer

surfing2_sq Billabong has staved off takeover talks with global buy-out firm TPG after agreeing to sell a 48.5 per cent stake in sports watch subsidiary Nixon to Trilantic Partners, in a move that has temporarily recapitalised the embattled Australian surfwear brand.

17 February 2012

Apollo Investment Corporation names Mark Harris as CFO

Apollo Investment Corporation has appointed Mark Harris as chief financial officer and treasurer.

17 February 2012

Quadrant eyes Australian outdoor advertising agency APN News & Media

Australian private equity firm Quadrant has entered exclusive talks regarding an investment in outdoor advertising agency APN News & Media, in a deal that reports indicate could be worth up to A$300m ($323m).

17 February 2012

Washington State Investment Board to commit $400m to KKR Asian Fund II

The Washington State Investment Board, the US state pension plan that has generated $16bn of profits from private equity since its inception three decades ago, has approved a $400m commitment to KKR’s latest pan-Asian fund.

17 February 2012

Silver Lake, TPG-backed Avaya reignites talks for $1bn float

Global private equity firms Silver Lake and TPG Capital are looking to float communications-gear maker Avaya Holdings as soon as April this year.

17 February 2012

Vivo Ventures closes $375m healthcare fund for US, China

Vivo Ventures, a healthcare investment firm with offices in Palo Alto, Shanghai and Chengdu, China, has closed its seventh fund on $375m, bringing the firm’s total funds under management to more than $1bn.

17 February 2012

Former Blackstone dealmaker’s Augusta Columbia continues recruitment drive

microchip5_sq Augusta Columbia Capital, the technology-focused mid-market private equity firm founded by former Blackstone dealmaker Chip Schorr, has hired Jeff Clarke as a managing partner in its San Francisco office.

17 February 2012

Shanghai government sets up $7.9bn fund to facilitate overseas M&A

shanghai6_sq The Shanghai government has set up China’s largest yuan-denominated international fund, which will help finance Chinese companies that are looking to expand abroad.

17 February 2012

HIG Europe picks up Brand Addition, Kreyer Promotion for £24m

Private equity firm HIG Europe has acquired promotional merchandising companies Brand Addition and Kreyer Promotion Service from 4imprint Group for £24m


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