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20 August 2009

Silverfleet Capital takes sausage casing business Kalle off Montagu Private Equity for €212.5m

Silverfleet Capital, a private equity firm predominantly operating in Europe, has made the first deal from its latest, €665m fund by acquiring Kalle, a manufacturer of artificial sausage casings and sponge cloths.

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.

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

3i to sell off venture capital portfolio

3i, the FTSE 100 private equity firm, plans to sell its portfolio of 36 European venture capital investments to a consortium of secondaries firms for around £100m (€116.4m), according to the Financial Times.

18 August 2009

Private equity investments hit 12 year low

Private equity investments plummeted 40 per cent in 2008 to $189bn, according to a new report.

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.

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