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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.

2 September 2009

UK government’s participation in venture capital under fire

The UK government’s role as a venture capital investor will come under fire based on research saying it has not effectively fulfilled its role in creating jobs and raising profits at the start-up companies it finances, according to the Financial Times.

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.

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.

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.

28 August 2009

Venture capital firm Creandum takes stake in Norwegian TV company

Nordic venture capital firm Creandum has become a shareholder of Appear TV, a Norwegian broadcast technology company.

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.

27 August 2009

Schroder Private Equity Fund of Funds chairman appointed to head PM Group’s board

Kevin Kelly, the chairman of Schroders Private Equity Fund of Funds and private equity firm SVG Investments Dublin, has been hired as chairman of management consultancy PM Group’s board.

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