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27 March 2013

Australian government provides A$100m to three VC funds

At least A$200m will be invested into early stage Australian companies by three new venture capital funds supported by the government’s Innovation Investment Fund.

26 March 2013

Private equity firm L Capital Asia circles Australian outfitter R.M. Williams

Australian bush outfitter R.M. Williams, which has just been put up for sale, is reportedly drawing interest from private equity firms.

22 March 2013

Billabong still in talks with suitors despite share price drop

surfing2_sq Embattled Australian surfwear group Billabong told the markets that it is still in talks with two private equity suitors following a plunge in its share price to record lows on Thursday.

21 March 2013

Court orders Bradken to pay $22.4m in Castle Harlan bid rigging case

Australian engineering firm Bradken has been ordered to pay $22.4m in damages by Australia’s Federal Court in a bid rigging case involving US buyout firm Castle Harlan.

21 March 2013

Wolseley Private Equity looks to sell Guardian Childcare Alliance

Sydney-based buyout firm Wolseley Private Equity is reportedly selling its Australian childcare center operator Guardian Childcare Alliance, which could fetch as much as A$125m.

21 March 2013

Blue Sky Private Equity fills Beach Burrito with $3m

Beach Burrito Australia’s Blue Sky Private Equity has reportedly upped its stake in Mexican restaurant chain Beach Burrito Company by more than A$3m ($3.1m).

20 March 2013

Virtual Gaming Worlds secures venture funding

Australian investment firm Triple C Consulting has reportedly led a $2.6m Series A funding round for gaming group Virtual Gaming Worlds.

20 March 2013

US fund looks to raise A$65m in Australia’s second largest IPO of 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Private equity investor US Select Private Opportunities Fund II is preparing to float on the Australian Securities Exchange at A$1.60 per share to raise A$65m, it emerged today.

18 March 2013

Quadrant Private Equity slashes stake in Summerset to 37.2%

Australian buyout house Quadrant Private Equity has reduced its stake in Summerset Group to 37.2 per cent by selling an 18.6 per cent interest in the retirement village operator.

14 March 2013

Australian venture capital industry in ‘deep crisis’ says Freelancer.com founder

barrie Australia’s venture capital industry is dead according to the founder of the $250m outsourcing marketplace Freelander.com Matt Barrie.

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