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11 March 2014

Smedvig Capital leads £5m funding round for content creator Quill

news_document_lrg London-based investment house Smedvig Capital has led an oversubscribed £5m financing round for on-brand content creators Quill.

11 March 2014

ISS brings forward €1bn IPO due to strong investor demand

Danish facility services company ISS is to list this week, in an early closing of its IPO, due to “very strong demand” from investors

11 March 2014

Swiss private equity investor Partners Group names Peter Wuffli chairman

Partners Group takes "step towards institutionalisation" by naming Peter Wuffli its first independent, non-founder chairman.

11 March 2014

RWE receives final bids for oil and gas unit DEA

ship boat oil tanker German utility group RWE has reportedly received binding offers for its oil and gas production unit DEA, which has drawn private equity interest.

11 March 2014

Onus on LPs to drive forward investor relations agendap

LPs need to take a more active role in driving forward the dialogue with their fund managers, and not simply be content to take advantage of their boosted bargaining power, according to one fund of funds manager.

10 March 2014

European Capital gets £27.4m from DX Group IPO

pound_sterling_170sq Private equity firm American Capital’s European affiliate European Capital has received proceeds of £27.4m from the IPO of its portfolio company DX Group.

10 March 2014

Venture capital fundraising activity in Europe declinesp

Venture capital fundraising activity continued to decline in Europe last year, according to a recent research report form EY.

10 March 2014

ECI Partners backs Avantia MBO

insurance contract form Mid-market firm ECI Partners has backed online property insurer Avantia Group by participating in its £57m management buyout.

10 March 2014

Apollo, Blackstone among buyout firms interested in Banco Popolare ‘bad bank’ unit

fat-euro_sq US private equity majors Apollo Global Management and Blackstone are reportedly among five buyout houses interested in the “bad bank” unit of Italy’s Banco Popolare.

10 March 2014

Music identification business Shazam nets another $20m of financing

music_note_song_170sq Venture capital-backed music identification app maker Shazam has picked up another $20m of financing, pushing the total raised by the company to $92m.

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