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23 May 2012

PE majors in talks with Telenet over joint offer for KPN-owned BASE

Blackstone, Cinven, Providence, Bain and KKR are among a list of potential buyers in talks to partner with Belgian cable operator Telenet over a possible joint bid for BASE, the country's third-biggest mobile phone business.

23 May 2012

Hellman & Friedman eyes $4bn Getty Images exit

US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman is said to be looking to raise as much as $4bn from the sale or initial public offering of Getty Images, the world’s biggest distributor of stock photos, videos and digital content.

23 May 2012

KKR hits $2bn for second Asia fund, nearing first close

US buyout giant KKR is believed to have gathered $2bn for its new Asia fund, putting it one third of the way to its $6bn target.

23 May 2012

Vista Equity Partners clinches Silverchair Learning Systems

news_redcross_lrg Fresh from closing its fourth fund on $3.5bn, US private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has bought healthcare IT provider Silverchair Learning Systems from Silverchair Holdings.

23 May 2012

TPG, Savills pick up bankrupt Japanese property developer Joint Corp

real-estate2_lrg US buyout giant TPG Capital has agreed a joint deal with property consultancy Savills for bankrupt Japanese property developer Joint Corp.

23 May 2012

Catterton sells water-soluble film maker Monosil to Japan’s Kuraray

Consumer-focused private equity firm Catterton Partners has agreed to sell MonoSol, a maker of water-soluble films used in consumer applications, to Japanese chemicals manufacturer Kuraray Co.

23 May 2012

Angelo Gordon takes Benihana sushi chain private for $296m

Private equity firm Angelo Gordon has bought out Japanese sushi restaurant chain Benihana in a $296m take-private deal.

23 May 2012

Warburg Pincus leads $32m funding round for India’s Quikr

mobile-touch Global buyout house Warburg Pincus has led a $32m financing round in Indian internet and mobile-based classifieds company Quikr.

22 May 2012

Euro zone mid-market valuations fall to 7.2x EBITDAp

eiffel-tower-5_sq The valuations of mid-market companies in the euro zone fell 6.5 per cent in March to 7.2 times EBITDA compared to the previous quarter, following two and a half consecutive years of growth, according to new research.

22 May 2012

Super angel Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures closes third fund

team-aydin-senkut_sq Felicis Ventures, the Silicon Valley-based firm run by super angel investor and former Google executive Aydin Senkut, has raised $52m for its third fund, according to a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.


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