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1 August 2012

Australia’s Gresham sells Witchery to Country Road for A$172m

Australian buyout firm Gresham has agreed to sell fashion retailer Witchery Group to trade buyer Country Road for A$172m ($181m).

31 July 2012

Israel’s Fortissimo Capital backs New Zealand radio comms company 4RF

radio_lrg 4RF, a New Zealand-based developer of radio communications equipment for infrastructure applications, has secured an investment from Israeli private equity fund Fortissimo Capital.

30 July 2012

Angel Association of New Zealand names chairman

newzealand_170sq Auckland-based company director and active angel investor Ray Thomson has been named the new chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand, taking over Phil McCaw who is stepping down after two years in the role.

26 July 2012

Carlyle, Seven Group-backed Coates Hire denies IPO reports

coates_sq Global buyout giant Carlyle and Australia's Seven Group Holdings are reported to be looking to raise up to $722m through an initial public offering of Coates Hire - news the equipment-rental business has strongly denied.

26 July 2012

Billabong board “seriously considering” A$694m offer from TPG Capital

surfing2_sq The board of beleaguered Australian surfwear brand Billabong is reported to be seriously considering an A$694m ($714m) offer from private equity firm TPG Capital.

25 July 2012

Archer Capital invests in Best Friends Pet Supercentre

Archer Capital has invested in pet products and services provider Best Friends Pet Supercentre, marking the Australian private equity firm’s first investment through its new A$300m ($308m) growth capital fund.

24 July 2012

TPG Capital tables fresh offer for Billabong

surfing_sq TPG Capital has tabled a fresh bid for beleaguered Australian surfwear brand Billabong, renewing takeover talks after the company shunned the global buyout giant’s initial offer earlier this year.

23 July 2012

CHAMP Private Equity hires Goldman to sell Blue Star

printing5_lrg Australian buyout house CHAMP Private Equity has hired Goldman Sachs New Zealand to handle the sale of portfolio company Blue Star, the communication services business.

20 July 2012

TPG mulls partnership with Harry Sloan for Nine Entertainment buyout

US buyout giant TPG Capital is reported to be considering backing Hollywood media tycoon Harry Sloan’s possible bid for CVC Capital’s debt-stricken stake in Nine Entertainment, the embattled Australian media conglomerate.

18 July 2012

Australia’s Quadrant to buy mining products company CQMS Razer

Australian mid-market buyout firm Quadrant Private Equity is reported to have reached an agreement to buy CQMS Razer, in a deal that values the mining products and services company at more than A$150m ($155m).

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