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17 February 2012

Quadrant eyes Australian outdoor advertising agency APN News & Media

Australian private equity firm Quadrant has entered exclusive talks regarding an investment in outdoor advertising agency APN News & Media, in a deal that reports indicate could be worth up to A$300m ($323m).

17 February 2012

KKR conducts due diligence on Australia’s Pacific Brands

Global private equity firm KKR is said to be conducting due diligence on Pacific Brands, five weeks after the Australian underwear maker confirmed that the firm had tabled a takeover offer that could lead to a buy-out worth about $614m, according to Reuters.

16 February 2012

TPG makes $816m offer for Australian surfwear company Billabong

surfing_sq Global private equity firm TPG Capital has made an $816m informal offer to buy distressed Australian surfwear maker Billabong.

16 February 2012

JH Partners sells Australian skin care company Jurlique for $358m

San Francisco-based consumer-focused private equity firm JH Partners has sold Australian skin care company Jurlique International to listed Japanese rival Pola Orbis for an enterprise value of A$335m ($358m).

8 February 2012

CalSTRS awards Australia’s IFM $500m infrastructure mandate

infrastructure4_lrg The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the largest teachers’ pension fund in the US, has awarded Melbourne-based investment manager Industry Funds Management an infrastructure mandate of up to $500m, representing one of the largest single US fund management commitments made in the sector.

6 February 2012

New fund launches to target Australian alternative energy opportunitiesp

An investment firm focused on Australia has been launched by a London-based specialist that focuses on the alternative energy and utility sectors.

2 February 2012

Partners Group backs Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre PPP

melbourne_sq Switzerland-based private equity investment manager Partners Group has backed the development of Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, a cancer research, treatment and education facility based in Melbourne, Australia.

20 January 2012

Over 50% of deals in growth markets failp

shake While undeniably enticing, M&A deals in growth markets remain a challenging prospect. And now new research has found that over 50 per cent of deals that go to due diligence in these regions fail to complete.

12 January 2012

Apollo, Carlyle bid for $2bn Bramble’s document unit

folders5_sq Global buy-out majors including Apollo Global Management and Carlyle have submitted first round offers for the US document management arm of Bramble’s, the world’s largest provider of pallets and container pooling products.

10 January 2012

Australia’s Pacific Brands confirms approach by KKR

Australian underwear maker Pacific Brands said today it has received a takeover offer from global private equity major KKR, in a deal that news reports indicate could be worth about $614m.

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