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6 September 2012

Bain Capital revealed as unnamed second bidder for Billabong

surfing2_sq Bain Capital has been revealed as the second bidder for Billabong, after the beleaguered Australian surfwear brand said late Wednesday it has received a second takeover approach from an unnamed party.

4 September 2012

Fund selection: “You know it when you see it”p

With institutional investors demanding ever more from their private equity portfolio, it is no surprise that the process of fund selection has become that more rigorous.

3 September 2012

Murdoch private equity fund buys DMG stake from Daily Mail

lachlan-murdoch-illyria_sq Illyria, the Sydney-based private equity fund run by the eldest son of Australian media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has bought the remaining 50 per cent stake in DMG Radio Australia from the Daily Mail.

3 September 2012

Quadrant refinances Australian IVF provider Virtus Health

Australian private equity firm Quadrant is reported to have refinanced IVF business Virtus Health Group with A$225m ($231m) of debt.

22 August 2012

Quadrant in talks over sale of IVF provider Virtus

Australian buyout house Quadrant Private Equity has entered discussions about selling its in vitro fertilisation business Virtus Health Group, it is understood.

21 August 2012

GE partners with venture firms to support Australasian cleantech

GE has partnered with five venture capital partners to commit $10m to find, fund and bring to market low carbon technologies in Australia & New Zealand.

20 August 2012

Wesfarmers loses $55m on Gresham fund investments

Wesfarmers, Australia’s largest conglomerate, has lost $55m on its investment in three funds managed by the private equity arm of Sydney-based investment bank Gresham.

15 August 2012

Australian private equity, venture capital outperforms listed stocksp

Australian private equity and venture capital funds outperformed returns from the country’s top stocks in the 12 months to 31 March.

15 August 2012

Quadrant to buy Super A-Mart, Barbeques Galore from Ironbridge

Australian buyout house Quadrant Private Equity has reached a rescue deal to buy embattled furniture retailer Super A-Mart and Barbeques Galore from Ironbridge Capital for about A$500m ($523m).

3 August 2012

Blackbird swoops in with 14-strong team to target Australian companies

blackbird New Australian venture firm Blackbird has created a self-styled dream team of 14 tech experts as it prepares to make its first investments.

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