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12 October 2009

Crédit Agricole Private Equity hires investment manager for renewables deals

Crédit Agricole Private Equity has hired Marc-Philippe Botte as an investment manager in its renewable energy business unit, dedicated to investments in companies and projects in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors through its fund Capenergie.

12 October 2009

UK mid-market private equity firm Langholm makes two new hires

Langholm Capital, an independent mid-market private equity firm that invests in consumer-facing companies across Western Europe, has made two new hires.

12 October 2009

TPG, Russia’s VTB Capital team up for Lenta purchase

TPG Capital, one of the bigger US private equity players, and Russian firm VTB Capital have teamed up for the acquisition of a 35.4 per cent stake in hypermarket chain Lenta.

12 October 2009

China Private Equity Investment Holdings raises $5m, lists on AIM exchange

China Private Equity Investment Holdings has raised $5m and will float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

12 October 2009

Advent International acquires majority stake in German financial services company GFKL

Advent International, a private equity firm with global operations, has acquired a majority stake in GFKL Financial Services, an independent financial service provider for debt collection and debt purchase in Germany. The size of the deal has not been disclosed by any parties.

9 October 2009

EQT Partners makes €208.5m bid for listed healthcare supply company HTL-Strefa

Global private equity firm EQT Partners has put in a bid for HTL-Strefa, a Polish manufacturer of safety and personal lancets for capillary blood sampling. EQT offered PLN13.71 (€3.2) per share for all outstanding shares, valuing the company at PLN885.6m (€208.5m). The bid represents a premium of 12.7 per cent on the average market price over the six months leading up to the bid.

9 October 2009

Draper Fisher Jurvetson, VTB, RUSNANO team up for Russian venture fund

The supervisory council of The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO), has approved the corporation’s participation in a new Russian venture fund, which will be established in partnership with VTB Group and Silicon Valley’s Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ).

9 October 2009

European private equity firm Argos Soditic takes majority stake in Misapor

European private equity firm Argos Soditic has acquired a majority stake in Swiss foam glass granulate manufacturer Misapor through a management buy-out. The deal was funded by re-investing shareholders, the Misapor management team and Argos Soditic funds with existing debt from Graubundner Kantonalbank.

9 October 2009

CEE-focused private equity firm Mid Europa Partners buys satellite pay TV operator ITV

Mid Europa Partners, a Central and Eastern European-focused private equity firm, has acquired Bulgarian direct-to-home satellite pay TV operator Interactivni Tehnologii (ITV). The size of the deal has not been disclosed.

8 October 2009

Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures makes five times return on Gomez

Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, a European venture capital firm, has realised its investment in Gomez, a website monitoring and performance solution provider, securing a five times return on its investment.

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