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14 November 2007

DIC, HSBC, Oasis hold $300m first closing on MENA Infrastructure Fund

DIC Asset Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai International Capital, the international investment arm of Dubai Holding, HSBC Bank Middle East and Oasis International Leasing have announced a first closing of the MENA Infrastructure Fund with commitments totalling $300m. The fund has a $500m target.

13 November 2007

3i hires Rosalyn Wilton as senior advisor to strengthen media sector team

3i has appointed media expert Rosalyn Wilton, currently chairman of Ipreo, the newly formed merger between Hemscott and US-based i-Deal, as a senior adviser. Wilton will work closely with 3i's media sector team and help identify investment opportunities in the business information space, with a focus on online businesses.

12 November 2007

Carlyle, Lehman to sell Firth Rixson to Oak Hill for £945m

The Carlyle Group and Lehman Brothers have agreed to sell UK metal parts manufacturer Firth Rixson to Oak Hill Capital Partners for an aggregate transaction value of approximately £945m. The company's management team will remain significant investors in the company.

12 November 2007

Gresham creates team dedicated to energy and environmental sector

UK mid-market buy-out firm Gresham Private Equity has established a dedicated energy and environmental team, headed by partners Andy Marsh and Christian Bruning.

12 November 2007

3TS, Cisco launch new venture capital fund for CEE region

CEE-focused 3TS Capital Partners has teamed up with Cisco Systems to launch a new investment fund, the Technology in Central and Eastern Europe S.C.A. SICAR (to be marketed as the 3TS-Cisco Growth Fund III). The new fund will primarily target growth capital investments in technology, media and communications companies in the CEE region.

9 November 2007

Carlyle strengthens CEE team with three senior hires

US buy-out giant The Carlyle Group has expanded its Warsaw-based CEE team with the appointment of three professionals. Janusz R Guy has been appointed a managing director, while Aleksander Kacprzyk and Piotr Nocen have been appointed directors. They will join the team established and led by managing director Ryszard Wojtkowski.

9 November 2007

ECI acquires Kelvin Hughes in £52m deal

UK mid-market buy-out firm ECI Partners has acquired Kelvin Hughes, a supplier of navigation products and services for the naval and commercial marine sectors, in a £52m deal.

7 November 2007

Fondinvest hires Thomas de Cagny, Declan Feeney

Paris-based Fondinvest Capital has appointed Thomas de Cagny and Declan Feeney as investment managers, bringing the investment team up to eight professionals.

6 November 2007

HarbourVest to list new investment vehicle on Euronext Amsterdam

Private equity fund of funds manager HarbourVest Partners has announced plans to list HarbourVest Global Private Equity (HVPE), a newly established closed-ended investment company, incorporated in Guernsey, on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam. The new company will be managed by HarbourVest Advisers, an affiliate of HarbourVest Partners.

5 November 2007

UK firm Gresham appoints James Slipper as investment partner

UK mid-market buy-out firm Gresham Private Equity has appointed James Slipper as a partner in its London-based investment team.

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