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4 April 2014

Akina hits $372m for European lower mid-market fund of funds

news_europemap_sml European fund of funds Akina has closed it lower mid-market-focused Euro Choice V vehicle on $372m.

4 April 2014

Idinvest Partners beats target with €214m closing for secondaries fund

Paris-headquartered private equity firm Idinvest Partners has closed its second fund focusing on the secondaries space on €214m, beating the fund’s initial €200m target.

4 April 2014

US, Asian buyers show growing appetite for European assetsp

Trade sales continue to offer a viable exit route as private equity houses attract corporate buyers, with values totalling €6bn in Q1 2014, an increase from €5bn over the same period last year.

3 April 2014

EMBL Ventures brings Crescendo Biologics Series A to £19.5m

news_spirogen_molecule_lrg The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s venture arm has invested £2m in Crescendo Biologics to bring the company’s Series A round to a weighty £19.5m.

3 April 2014

Drive Capital continues partner hires with ex-Google exec Solaro

NIck Solaro Midwest US venture investor Drive Capital has made yet another hire in the wake of closing its inaugural $250m fund by bringing in former Google exec Nick Solaro as a partner.

3 April 2014

Blackstone, Carlyle circle Singapore’s Goodpack

singapore_skyscraper_170 Private equity majors Blackstone and Carlyle are reportedly planning to make an offer for Singapore-based container maker Goodpack, which recently ended talks with Australian pallet maker Brambles.

3 April 2014

Permira, Ardian-backed eDreams eyes €1.1bn valuation through IPO

sun sunset solar beach holiday sea Private equity-backed online travel business eDreams Odigeo has priced its shares to give it a market capitalisation of €1.1bn in its forthcoming IPO.

3 April 2014

Murphy Oil, Greybull end exclusive talks over Milford Haven refinery

oil-refinery6_sq Oil and gas group Murphy Oil said it could shut down its Milford Haven refinery in Wales after talks with a private equity suitor fell through.

3 April 2014

Madison beats target for fifth fund

real estate_lrg Real estate-focused private equity firm Madison International Realty has beaten the target for its fifth fund, which is already 40 per cent invested.

3 April 2014

JC Flowers hires ex-CD&R managing director Eric Rahe

new york 5_sq Private equity JC Flowers & Co has hired ex- Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) managing director Eric Rahe as its managing director in New York.

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