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14 June 2012

Hugh Jackman reinvests in bottled water company Balance

wolverine-hugh-jackman-angel-investor Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman has re-upped his investment in Australian bottled spring water company Balance to help it close a Series A round.

6 June 2012

Australia’s Brambles shelves $2bn Recall exit

Australia’s Bramble’s, the world’s largest supplier of pallets, has shelved plans to sell its $2bn document management arm due to low offers.

4 June 2012

ASX mulls Pacific Equity Partners’ Link Market Services

Sydney-based private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners could sell its stake in share registry Link Market Services to ASX, the Australian bourse said on Friday, in a deal that could fetch up to A$1.4bn ($1.36bn).

31 May 2012

Australian private equity outperforms public marketsp

Australia’s private equity industry significantly outperformed listed markets in 2011, over nearly all time horizons for up to ten years.

31 May 2012

Australia to offer permanent residency to venture capitalists

The Australian government has announced plans to offer permanent residency to foreigners who invest a minimum of $5m in domestic venture capital funds.

30 May 2012

Australia’s clean energy VC fund to make first investmentp

The A$200m ($195.27m) Australian clean energy fund being managed by Southern Cross Venture Partners will make its initial investments in the solar and wind sectors in the coming months.

28 May 2012

Lazard facing Hastie losses after portfolio company submits falsified accounts

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

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.

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