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20 February 2012

North Bridge, Austin Ventures lead $10m funding round in semiconductor firm

North Bridge Venture Partners and Austin Ventures have led a $10m Series C funding round for semiconductor firm Black Sand Technologies.

20 February 2012

Impact investor Acumen Fund to expand into West Africa

Acumen Fund, the impact venture capital firm that invests in companies serving low-income consumers, is expanding into West Africa, with new investments in companies supporting land rights and agriculture in low-income communities across Ghana.

20 February 2012

Vista tables £1.2bn bid for banking software company Misys

US private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has tabled a £1.2bn bid for UK-based banking software company Misys, an offer that threatens to derail an agreed merger with Swiss strategic buyer Temenos.

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.


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