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1 November 2007

3i appoints Kevin Dunn as general counsel

3i has appointed Kevin Dunn as general counsel, company secretary and member of 3i's management committee. Dunn will be responsible for the group's legal, compliance, internal audit and company secretariat functions.

1 November 2007

3i to sell Coor Service Management to Cinven in €540m deal

3i has agreed to sell its stake in Nordic service management company Coor Service Management Group to Cinven in a deal worth around €540m.

31 October 2007

GMT completes acquisition of Primesight in £62m deal

European communications sector-focused private equity group GMT Communications Partners has completed its acquisition of UK outdoor advertising company Primesight for a total consideration of up to £62m.

30 October 2007

Octopus appoints Purvi Sapre as investment manager in its private equity team

Octopus Investments, a fund manager and private equity investor in the SME space, has appointed Purvi Sapre as a new investment manager in the firm's private equity team. Prior to joining Octopus Private Equity, Sapre was a manager in Barclays Leveraged Finance team.

26 October 2007

Morgan Stanley Private Equity hires Eric Fry, Michael Hehn

Morgan Stanley has appointed former Allianz Capital Partners director Michael Hehn and former Metalmark Capital managing director Eric Fry as managing directors in its private equity group. Fry has joined the firm's New York office and Hehn will be based in London from December 2007.

26 October 2007

J.C. Flowers proposes management team for possible Northern Rock bid

J.C. Flowers & Co, the US private equity firm that is in discussions with the board of troubled UK mortgage lender Northern Rock, has proposed a management team which it intends to appoint to run Northern Rock in the event of a successful offer.

26 October 2007

UK firm ECI exits online and mail order retailer M and M Direct

UK mid-market buy-out specialist ECI Partners has sold M and M Direct, a Leominster, UK-based online and mail order retailer of discounted lifestyle, fashion and sports apparel and footwear, to growth private equity and US buy-out firm TA Associates. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

25 October 2007

Segulah closes fourth Nordic mid-market fund on SEK5bn

Stockholm-based lower mid-market buy-out firm Segulah has closed its fourth Nordic mid-market fund, Segulah IV, on SEK5bn ($778m), the hard cap of the fund. This was a first and final closing.

23 October 2007

RJD hires James Smallridge, Jill Williams

UK mid-market private equity firm RJD Partners has appointed James Smallridge as investment manager and Jill Williams as investment executive.

23 October 2007

Mid Europa closes €1.5bn Central European buy-out fund

Central European-focused buy-out firm Mid Europa Partners has closed its third fund, Mid Europa Fund III, on €1.5bn. In addition, the Mid Europa team will invest €30m through the general partner. Fund III was launched in May of this year with a €1.25bn target and held a first closing on €1bn two months ago.

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