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21 May 2012

Sovereign wealth assets hit record $5tn mark as Chinese growth continuesp

Booming Chinese sovereign wealth funds have pushed the investor class over the $5tn barrier for the first time.

21 May 2012

New Middle East fund backing entrepreneurs, small businesses begins fundraising

gulf-flags-middle-east-mena A new private equity fund aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship in the United Arab Emirates is due to be launched by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

21 May 2012

Peter Keen joins DFJ Esprit as life sciences, medical tech expert

DFJ Esprit Peter Keen - AltAssets Private Equity News European venture firm DFJ Esprit has hired former Merlin Biosciences investor Peter Keen as partner specialising in medical technology and life sciences.

21 May 2012

Fidelity, Index, Greylock inject £10m into notonthehighstreet.com

Fidelity Growth Partners Europe has led a Series D financing round for UK-based online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, a £10m funding tranche that also saw participation from existing investors Index Ventures and Greylock Partners.

21 May 2012

CVC races to finish line for multi-billion dollar Formula One IPO

Buyout giant CVC Capital Partners is on the home straight for selling a 20 per cent stake in the Formula One motor racing business after the company announced it will begin pre-marketing its IPO tomorrow.

21 May 2012

Electra lines up for iconic British shoemaker Dr Martens

dr-martens_sq UK private equity firm Electra Partners is said to be among a list of potential buyers to have placed first round bids for iconic British shoemaker Dr Martens, in a sale process that is expected to fetch more than £120m.

21 May 2012

Idinvest invests in French social payments business Leetchi

Parisian venture capital firm Idinvest Partners has led a €4m fundraising round for Leetchi, a European business focused on social payments.

21 May 2012

NVM Private Equity hires PwC’s David Rolfe as investment partner

David Rolfe, NVM Private Equity - AltAssets Private Equity News Lower mid-market buyout house NVM Private Equity has appointed David Rolfe as investment partner for the south of England.

21 May 2012

Mount Kellett, consortium to inject £160m into ailing Jurys Inn chain

Mount Kellett, a distressed buyout firm set up by three former Goldman Sachs special situations executives, is part of as consortium planning to inject up to £160m into struggling hotel chain Jurys Inn in return for a reduction in its loans.

21 May 2012

Temasek could back Yahoo sale of Alibaba stake back to company

Singaporean state investor Temasek Holdings is believed to be stumping up part of the $2.3bn its portfolio company Alibaba Group has agreed for half of Yahoo’s stake in the business.


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