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7 February 2012

GoCardless inks funding from Accel, Passion, YCombinator

Online payment platform GoCardless has closed a Series A funding tranche led by Accel Partners, Passion Capital, and YCombinator.

6 February 2012

Abu Dhabi’s National Investor cuts workforce in half

uae-flag_lrg Abu Dhabi-based private equity, investment advisory and asset management firm The National Investor has cut more than half of its staff in an effort to reduce costs amid a difficult economic climate.

6 February 2012

General Atlantic to sell stake in Kaspersky Lab back to founder

network_lrg The owner of Russian antivirus software developer Kaspersky Lab has decided to buy back the 20 per cent stake of the company he sold to specialist growth equity firm General Atlantic last year.

6 February 2012

Foresight nets 2x return on Factory Media exit

bicycle_sq UK-based alternative asset manager Foresight Group has sold its stake in Factory Media to Forward Internet Group for £8m, netting the firm with a return of more than double its initial £3.8m investment in 2006.

6 February 2012

CFH launches latest €35m growth capital fund

euros_lrg German financial group CFH Beteiligungsgesellschaft, a subsidiary of Sued Beteiligungen, has launched its latest growth capital fund.

6 February 2012

Sberbank of Russia launches technology venture fund

Russian banking group Sberbank has launched a new venture fund targeting high-tech companies and projects.

6 February 2012

Pittsburgh life sciences fund raises $8m

tech-egg_lrg The PLSG Accelerator Fund has held the final close of its Accelerator Fund on $8.1m.

3 February 2012

Troika Ventures nets 10x return from Evernote sale to Sequoia

troika_sq The venture capital arm of Russian investment banking major Troika Dialog has sold its stake in Evernote Corporation, a consumer internet and mobile services company, to Sequoia Capital, netting more than ten times its initial investment.

3 February 2012

Private equity to blame for poor reputation, says EVCA chairmanp

mic_170sq1 Recent poor coverage of the private equity industry has further undermined a somewhat tarnished reputation. This has much to do with the industry’s historic lack of openness as to its activities, according to EVCA chairman Karsten Langer.

2 February 2012

Swedish IP TV ad platform Videoplaza closes $12m Series B

news_tv3_lrg Videoplaza, a Swedish video monetisation platform for the New IP-delivered TV, has closed a $12m Series B financing round from existing backers Creandum and Northzone, and new investors Innovacom and Qualcomm Ventures.

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