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20 August 2009

Change Capital Partners buys German clothing brand

Change Capital Partners, a UK private equity firm specialising in retail and consumer industries, has reached an agreement to acquire German clothing brand Hallhuber.

20 August 2009

Ernst & Young appoints new global private equity leader

John Harley has been appointed global private equity leader for Ernst & Young.

20 August 2009

Private equity firm Gimv invests $10m in wireless network company Ubidyne’s $43m funding round

Gimv, a Belgian private equity and venture capital firm, has invested $10m in the series B financing round of German technology company Ubidyne. Gimv joins the syndicate of the existing investors Baytech, Doughty Hanson and TVM in this financing round totaling $43m.

20 August 2009

Private equity firm Advent appoints Richard Baker as operating partner

Richard Baker, former group chief executive at chemist Alliance Boots, has joined global private equity firm Advent International as an operating partner.

19 August 2009

European private equity group GMT bolts outdoor advertising assets on to Primesight

GMT Communications Partners, a European private equity group focused exclusively on the media and communications sector, has acquired the roadside assets of Titan Outdoor Advertising in a bolt-on via its portfolio company Primesight. The size of the deal has not been disclosed.

19 August 2009

Finnish firm Sentica Partners beats fundraising target with €113m in commitments

Sentica Partners, a Finnish private equity firm, has completed a €113m closing on its latest lower-mid-market-focused buy-out fund, exceeding its target of €100m.

18 August 2009

Blackstone to buy share of London City development

US private equity group Blackstone plans to buy half of British Land’s Broadgate Estate in the City of London for £150m (€175m), according to reports.

18 August 2009

LA private equity firm Yucaipa ensures Eimskip stays afloat

Yucaipa, a Los Angeles-based private equity house, has agreed to take over Icelandic shipping group Eimskip’s €120m secured credit facility from Dutch lender ABN Amro, as part of a major restructure, according to the Financial Times.

18 August 2009

Montagu Private Equity to sell UK defence group

Montagu Private Equity is looking to sell Survitec, the defence group that manufactures safety equipment for British forces in Afghanistan, for £300m (€350m), according to reports.

18 August 2009

Low carbon investment firm Osmosis Capital appoints Gerrit Heyns as a partner

Osmosis Capital, a UK-based low carbon investment firm, has appointed Gerrit Heyns as a partner to explore and develop new distribution opportunities, the firm said.

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