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22 June 2012

Lyceum Capital bolsters team

mark-swallow-72dpi_sq UK lower mid-market buyout firm Lyceum Capital has expanded its team to 24 with the appointments of Mark Swallow as operations manager, and Adam Lewis as investment executive.

22 June 2012

Samsung Ventures leads $12m Astute Networks financing

The investment arm of South Korean conglomerate Samsung has led an oversubscribed $12m financing round in virtual server solutions company Astute Networks.

22 June 2012

3i divests minority interest in Finnish outdoors brand Halti

ski-japan_sq 3i has divested its 49 per cent equity stake in Finnish outdoor clothing business Halti to Ingman Group.

22 June 2012

Catterton Partners grabs a slice of Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements Nascar - AltAssets Private Equity News Consumer-focused buyout house Catterton Partners has announced an investment in hand-sculpted fresh fruit arranger Edible Arrangements (EA).

22 June 2012

Asian M&A deals slump amid China economic slowdownp

snail-slow_sq Asian M&A deals are lagging in both number and dollar value in 2012 compared to the same period last year, according the latest industry report from RW Baird.

22 June 2012

General Atlantic to sell digital ad agency AKQA to Sorrell’s WPP

www_sq General Atlantic has agreed to sell digital advertising agency AKQA to WPP Group, the global marketing giant spearheaded by Martin Sorrell, in a deal will net the global growth investor a cool $540m.

22 June 2012

Blackstone cedes control of Klöckner to junior lenders

Global private equity giant Blackstone has ceded control of debt-ridden German plastics manufacturer Klöckner Pentaplast to a consortium of junior creditors led by US hedge fund Strategic Value Partners.

22 June 2012

Triton makes take-private offer for European Directories

directory-phone-book-yellow-pages Northern Europe-focused private equity firm Triton has made an offer to take European Directories private after acquiring the company's debt for €240m.

22 June 2012

Blumberg Capital targets $100m for new venture fund

Blumberg Capital, the San Francisco-based venture firm that recently sold portfolio company Mertado to discount coupon giant Groupon, is looking to raise up to $100m for its latest fund, according to a filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission.

22 June 2012

CVC eyeing A$100m Green’s General Foods sale

popcorn-poppin-greens-australia CVC plans to sell branded food producer Green’s General Foods for up to A$100m in a sale process next month, it is understood.


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