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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.

5 November 2007

Qatari-backed fund Delta Two withdraws £10.6bn offer for J Sainsbury

Delta Two has announced that it will not proceed with a 600 pence per share offer for UK supermarket chain J Sainsbury. The Qatari government-backed private equity fund said that the required funding and cost of capital had increased significantly, causing the deal to collapse.

5 November 2007

Bridgepoint exits Alliance Medical following fund launch in September

European private equity firm Bridgepoint has sold Warwickshire, UK-based diagnostic imaging services provider Alliance Medical to Dubai International Capital, the international investment arm of Dubai Holding, for £600m. Bridgepoint has made a four times return on the sale.

1 November 2007

3i appoints Kevin Dunn as general counsel

3i has appointed Kevin Dunn as general counsel, company secretary and member of 3i's management committee. Dunn will be responsible for the group's legal, compliance, internal audit and company secretariat functions.

1 November 2007

3i to sell Coor Service Management to Cinven in €540m deal

3i has agreed to sell its stake in Nordic service management company Coor Service Management Group to Cinven in a deal worth around €540m.

31 October 2007

GMT completes acquisition of Primesight in £62m deal

European communications sector-focused private equity group GMT Communications Partners has completed its acquisition of UK outdoor advertising company Primesight for a total consideration of up to £62m.

30 October 2007

Octopus appoints Purvi Sapre as investment manager in its private equity team

Octopus Investments, a fund manager and private equity investor in the SME space, has appointed Purvi Sapre as a new investment manager in the firm's private equity team. Prior to joining Octopus Private Equity, Sapre was a manager in Barclays Leveraged Finance team.

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