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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).

18 July 2012

CHAMP’s A$186m offer for Gerard Lighting wins approval

lighting_sq CHAMP has tabled an A$186m ($192m) cash offer to take Australia’s Gerard Lighting Group private, an offer that has received the unanimous approval of board members including the Gerard family.

17 July 2012

KKR’s Seven West plans A$440m share issue to reduce debt

KKR-backed Australian media group Seven West plans to raise A$440m ($453m) through the issue of new shares, in a bid to cut its heavy debt burden amid falling advertising revenues.

17 July 2012

First Reserve, Farallon back A$5.3bn Whitehaven Coal takeover bid

coal-mine-2_sq US private equity firms First Reserve and Farallon Capital are reported to have expressed their support for an A$5.3bn ($5.46bn) takeover offer for portfolio company Whitehaven Coal, one of Australia’s biggest independent miners.

13 July 2012

JP Morgan exec quits for role at newcomer Prostar Capital

Alan Young, JP Morgan - AltAssets Private Equity News Prostar Capital has hired the Australian head of natural resources and infrastructure at JP Morgan, Alan Young, it is understood.

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