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28 May 2012

Lazard facing Hastie losses after portfolio company submits falsified accounts

news_infra_construction3.lrg_ Australian private equity firm Lazard is facing losses on its investment in engineering company Hastie as the company risks being wound up after submitting falsified accounts to meet its profit forecasts.

28 May 2012

National Australia Bank winds down private equity division ICS

brisbane-australia_sq National Australia Bank’s private equity division is to close down, following a A$20m writedown on its investment in retail chain WOW Sight and Sound earlier in 2012.

25 May 2012

Asahi re-examines Independent Liquor takeover

Japanese liquor giant Asahi has admitted it is re-examining the NZ$1.5bn ($1.2bn) it paid for Independent Liquor, the Kiwi drinks company it bought from Pacific Equity Partners and Unitas last year.

24 May 2012

US media tycoon Harry Sloan eyes CVC’s Nine Entertainment

CVC Capital Partners is understood to have received a takeover approach from US media tycoon Harry Sloan for its debt-stricken stake in Nine Entertainment, the embattled Australian media conglomerate.

23 May 2012

Private equity interest in Brambles document unit cools

The sale of the document management arm of Australia’s Bramble’s, the world’s largest provider of pallets, has hit further delays as buyers question the company’s $2bn plus price tag.

22 May 2012

Asahi less than pleased with Independent Liquor takeover

Japanese liquor giant Asahi is said to be less than pleased with its recent buyout of Independent Liquor, the Kiwi drinks company it bought from Pacific Equity Partners and Unitas for around NZ$1.5bn ($1.2bn).

21 May 2012

Ironbridge eyes $1bn fund, invests in Southern Cross Dental Laboratories

Ironbridge Capital is planning to launch an A$1bn ($986m) fund in the second half of this year, marking the Australian private equity firm’s third since inception.

18 May 2012

Pacific Equity Partners to sell A$1.4bn Link Group

news_shareprices.lrg_ Australian biggest buyout house Pacific Equity Partners has started the process to sell portfolio company Link Group for up to A$1.4bn, it is understood.

15 May 2012

Australia’s Pacific Brands ends takeover talks with KKR

Australian underwear maker Pacific Brands said takeover talks with potential suitors including global buyout giant KKR have ended without an offer being made, ending four months of negotiations and due diligence processes that could have led to a sale worth more than $600m.

9 May 2012

Buyout boom drives New Zealand private equity activityp

New Zealand’s private equity and venture capital industry saw an increase in total investment value of 88 per cent on 2010 to levels last seen in 2007.

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