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15 May 2012

World’s largest uranium producer buys trader Nukem from Advent Internationalp

nuclear-radioactive Global private equity firm Advent International has sold its German uranium trading company Nukem Energy to the world’s largest uranium producer, Cameco, for $136m.

15 May 2012

TPG, Carlyle to battle it out for United Technologies pump and compressor units

meter Buyout giants TPG Capital and Carlyle Group are understood to be going head to head to purchase the pumps and compressors unit of United Technologies Corp (UTC) for up to $4bn.

15 May 2012

Clessidra, Avista clinch €1.7bn Rottapharm deal

Clessidra and Avista Capital Partners have bought a 50 per cent stake in Italian drug maker Rottapharm, in a deal that is said to value the business at around €1.7bn.

15 May 2012

Sound future for Sonitus following $25m Abingworth-led financing

news_hearingaid.lrg_ International life sciences investor Abingworth has led a $25m funding close for the maker of the world’s removable hearing device to transmit sound through the teeth.

15 May 2012

3i expected to announce Queen’s replacement as early as Thursdayp

michael-queen-3i_sq Embattled private equity firm 3i is expected to announce that former City banker Simon Borrows will succeed chief executive Michael Queen as early as this Thursday, according to industry analysts.

15 May 2012

Vista confirms target-busting $3.5bn fundraise for fourth vehicle

US private equity firm Vista has confirmed the $3.5bn final close of its fourth investment vehicle, a full $1bn over its initial target.

15 May 2012

Carlyle hits fundraising trail for fourth Asia fund

Carlyle, the global buyout giant that recently debuted on the Nasdaq stock exchange, is said to be fundraising for its latest Asia-focused private equity vehicle.

15 May 2012

Australia’s Pacific Brands ends takeover talks with KKR

Australian underwear maker Pacific Brands said takeover talks with potential suitors including global buyout giant KKR have ended without an offer being made, ending four months of negotiations and due diligence processes that could have led to a sale worth more than $600m.

15 May 2012

Carlyle PE income up 24 per cent thanks to performance fee surgep

graph Newly-listed buyout giant Carlyle Group saw its economic net income (ENI) from private equity increase 24 per cent in the last quarter thanks to a surge in unrealised performance fees.

15 May 2012

French energy utility EDF launches cleantech venture capital fund

French energy utility EDF has joined forces with private equity firm Idinvest Partners to launch Electranova Capital, an investment fund for energy start-ups specialising in environmentally-friendly technologies.

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