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22 May 2012

AXA PE mulls stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen trucking unit

AXA Private Equity is among six potential buyers including France’s national railway operator to have expressed an interest in buying a controlling stake in the Gefco trucking unit of PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe’s second biggest carmaker.

22 May 2012

Asia races up agenda for private equity fund managersp

news_asian_coins_lrg It is rare to find a globally-focused private equity investor who is not at least considering an allocation to Asia. Indeed, according to one LP, a large proportion of the 'rest of the world' dollars are now being allocated to the region.

22 May 2012

ESG “cannot be ignored” by today’s private equity investorsp

WHile for many environmental, social and governance issues remain a nebulous concept, there is no doubt that the theme is gaining a higher profile and status within the fund management process.

22 May 2012

Gresham nears 75% mark for fourth fund with £23m IESA MBOp

pounds3_lrg UK mid-market private equity firm Gresham has edged one step closer to investing three quarters of its recently extended fourth fund through the £23m MBO of Integrated Engineering Stores Associates.

22 May 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Partners Group nears €2bn target for secondaries fundp

Switzerland-based investment manager Partners Group is in the final stages of fundraising for a €2bn vehicle that will invest in the burgeoning global secondaries market, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

22 May 2012

Asahi less than pleased with Independent Liquor takeover

Japanese liquor giant Asahi is said to be less than pleased with its recent buyout of Independent Liquor, the Kiwi drinks company it bought from Pacific Equity Partners and Unitas for around NZ$1.5bn ($1.2bn).

22 May 2012

Everstone pays $11m for stake in India’s R&R Salons

Everstone Capital has bought a majority stake in Indian salon owner R&R for about $11m through its $580m second fund.

22 May 2012

Accel, Helion, Blume invest in India’s Taxiforsure.com

Venture capital firms Accel Partners, Helion Venture Partners and Blume Ventures have led a recent fundraising round for TaxiForSure.com, an online taxi booking site based in India.

22 May 2012

UK trade union slams private equity debt deals amid Punch restructuring talks

beer-pub-pint_sq The UK’s GMB trade union has hit out at private equity amid talks of a debt-for-equity swap deal at troubled Punch Taverns.

22 May 2012

Altus Capital hires former CVC, Goldman exec Dale Cheney

board-conference-hire_sq Manufacturing-focused mid-market investor Altus Capital Partners has named former CVC executive Dale Cheney as a principal in the firm.


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