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15 May 2012

UK venture firm Oxford Capital invests in BagThat

oxford_sq UK venture firm Oxford Capital has led a £2m financing round for BagThat, an online store that uses social networking to deliver deals on branded goods.

15 May 2012

Sensible regulation needed to attract wary investors back to Middle Eastp

gulf-flags-middle-east-mena Investors still bearing the scars of the 2008 financial crisis are causing private equity investment in the Middle East to lag behind other regions, according to White & Case partner Zeeshan Ahmedani.

15 May 2012

KPS invests in iron castings giant ThyssenKrupp Waupaca

welding-industrial_sq New York-based special situations investor KPS Capital Partners has agreed to buy ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, the world’s biggest independent iron foundry, from ThyssenKrupp Budd Company.

15 May 2012

Norwest leads $25m round for ModCloth

Norwest Venture Partners has led a recent financing round for ModCloth, an online retailer of independently designed fashion and décor, in a $25m tranche that also included participation from existing investors led by Accel Partners.

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.


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