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2 September 2009

Enterprise Investors opens Prague office

Enterprise Investors has opened an office in Prague. The firm said the role of the new office will be to focus more closely on the Czech market, in particular to identify and execute new investment opportunities.

2 September 2009

Vision Capital makes four new appointments

UK-based secondaries player Vision Capital has taken on four new hires, according to reports. The firm has appointed Johan Van de Steen as its first operating partner, Steven Whitaker as a partner and CFO, Matt Schafer as a principal specialising in credit and Andrew Lobb as general counsel.

2 September 2009

Private equity firm Icos Capital invests in clean water company BiAqua

Dutch cleantech-focused private equity firm Icos Capital has made an undisclosed investment in Delft University of Technology’s spin-off BiAqua.

2 September 2009

Medtech company Endosense in series B financing

Endosense, a Swiss medical technology company focused on improving the efficacy, safety and reproducibility of catheter ablation for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, has received $36m in series B financing.

1 September 2009

Weil, Gotshal & Manges takes on new partners in London and New York

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a law firm with a private equity practice group, has expanded its international tax practice with two partners joining the firm in London and New York.

1 September 2009

UK firm Gresham Private Equity hires new partner

Gresham Private Equity, a UK-based mid-market player, has made Anthony Bull a partner in its investment team, based in its London office.

1 September 2009

BPE to spin out from Barclays if investors back split

Barclays Private Equity - a division of the UK’s third biggest bank, Barclays – may be set to spin out to become an independent firm, according to a report in the Telegraph.

28 August 2009

NatExpress board to reject sweetened offer from CVC

Shareholders in troubled train operator National Express have indicated they will reject a revised takeover offer from the group’s largest investor, who has formed a consortium with buy-out group CVC.

28 August 2009

NY private equity firm acquires 4.5 per cent stake in major Spanish media group

Talos Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, has acquired a 4.5 per cent stake in PRISA, a listed Spanish and Portuguese-language media group for an estimated €39m.

28 August 2009

European private equity firm IK Investment Partners acquires majority stake in Vistra Group

IK Investment Partners, the pan-European private equity firm formerly known as Industri Kapital, will acquire a majority stake in Vistra Group, an international trust and corporate service provider, alongside a group of investors. The size of the deal has nor been disclosed.

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