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27 June 2012

Sinopharm Capital, Fosun partner for RMB1bn private equity fund

The investment arm of Chinese drug maker Sinopharm has partnered with the pharmaceutical unit of Fosun - China’s largest privately-held conglomerate - to launch an RMB1bn ($157m) private equity fund that will invest in the healthcare industry.

27 June 2012

Billabong founder open to takeover offer

surfing2_sq Gordon Merchant, the founder of beleaguered Australian surfwear brand Billabong, has said he is open to another takeover bid after shunning global buyout giant TPG Capital’s offer earlier this year.

27 June 2012

Francisco favourite to clinch Kewill after Symphony withdraws

US private equity firm Francisco Partners has emerged as the favourite to buy struggling software company Kewill after rival buyout house Symphony declined to table a counter offer, in a sale process that is expected to fetch over £100m.

27 June 2012

UK regional investor LDC adds Keith Holdt to London team

ldc_holdt_170sq UK mid-market private equity house LDC has hired Keith Holdt as an investment director.

27 June 2012

Luxembourg mobile marketing company ZapFi adds €6m from US investor

Luxembourg-headquartered mobile marketing company ZapFi has completed a €6m round of financing from an unnamed US private investor to support its continued growth.

27 June 2012

French private equity industry body AFIC appoints new chairman, changes name

afic_godron_170sq France’s private equity industry body AFIC has appointed Louis Godron to succeed Hervé Schricke as chairman and changed its name to L’Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance – the French Association of Investors for Growth.

27 June 2012

MidOcean Partners, Crestview Partners exit Puerto Rico’s OneLink Communications for $582m

telephone-cable_sq US private equity firms MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners have agreed to sell Puerto Rican cable TV and telephony company OneLink Communications for $585.25m.

27 June 2012

Corporate venture group Vorwerk, Omnes Capital serve up “seven-figure sum” for Tennis-Point

news_tennis.lrg_ Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of the Vorwerk Group, and Omnes Capital, formerly Credit Agricole Private Equity, are to invest a “mid-seven-figure sum” in tennis e-commerce business Tennis-Point.

27 June 2012

Energy infrastructure firm eyes Q1 2013 close for €500m fundp

Investment firm Solar Investment Group hopes to close its €500m infrastructure fund by the first quarter of 2013 and will look to acquire a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

27 June 2012

Pamplona Capital Management ups Unicredit stake

milan_lrg UK investment manager Pamplona Capital Management has upped its ownership stake in European banking group UniCredit to five per cent.


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