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20 February 2012

US venture giant NEA, Presidio Ventures invest $6m in social media ad firm

Social media advertising specialist Compass Labs has secured $6m of funding from US venture capital giant New Enterprise Associates(NEA) and Presidio Ventures.

20 February 2012

CDC announces $40m investment in African banks and microfinance

The UK’s development finance institution CDC has announced $40m of investment into African banks and microfinance.

20 February 2012

Permira ramps up healthcare investment focus with new hire

Mubasher-Sheikh-Photo-2_sq European private equity firm Permira has hired former McKinsey & Co partner Mubasher Sheikh to lead its healthcare team.

20 February 2012

Oxford University Endowment Management commits capital to green investor Osmosis

London-based investment management firm Osmosis Investment Management has received a commitment from Oxford University Endowment Management.

20 February 2012

Sentinel sells training product provider Inscape for $85m

Sentinel Capital Partners has sold assessment and training product provider Inscape Publishing to John Wiley & Sons in an $85m deal.

20 February 2012

Polaris invests in collision repair equipment maker Alignment Systems

collision-car-crash_sq Danish SME-focused buy-out house Polaris Private Equity has agreed to buy Alignment Systems, a maker of collision repair equipment for damaged vehicles, from Nordic private equity firm FSN Capital.

20 February 2012

Abraaj buys emerging markets investor Aureos Capital

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj has bought UK-based Aureos Capital, in a deal that will create the world’s largest private equity firm focused on SMEs in the emerging market space.

20 February 2012

Vulture funds circle Dubai International Capital-backed Travelodge

Travelodge, the indebted budget hotel chain owned by state-backed Emirati private equity firm Dubai International Capital, has become the takeover target of two American hedge funds that plan to seize control of the chain as it struggles to raise money to pay down a mountain of debt.

20 February 2012

Edmond de Rothschild launches €250m life science fund

The French division of Edmond de Rothschild has begun raising a €250m life science fund, which will target private equity investments in European and US biotech, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies.

20 February 2012

Palio Capital Partners targets £100m first close for SME finance fundp

Investment management firm Palio Capital Partners has secured a cornerstone investment from the European Investment Fund for its Superflex Fund I, which will provide senior debt and mezzanine loans to UK SMEs.


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