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13 October 2009

European Capital Paris head leaves to chair CDC Capital Investissement

Jean Eichenlaub, head of European Capital’s Paris office is to replace Rene Maury as CEO of French government-backed private equity firm CDC Capital Investissement.

13 October 2009

European private equity firms invest €6.5m in French music company Deezer

European private equity firms AGF Private Equity and CM-CIC Capital Prive have invested €6.5m in Paris digital music company Deezer. AGF partner Guillaume Lautour is to join the company’s board of directors.

13 October 2009

3i partner Blair McCallum leaves for KPMG

3i partner Blair McCallum has left the private equity firm to join KPMG as a partner in its European Operational Strategy Group.

13 October 2009

European private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners hires ex-Candover director Owen Wilson

European mid-market private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners has appointed Owen Wilson, ex-director of Candover’s London office, as a vice president.

13 October 2009

Foresight Group expands environmental investment team

Foresight Group, a UK-based alternative assets manager, has appointed James Samworth as investment manager of its environmental investment team.

12 October 2009

Crédit Agricole Private Equity hires investment manager for renewables deals

Crédit Agricole Private Equity has hired Marc-Philippe Botte as an investment manager in its renewable energy business unit, dedicated to investments in companies and projects in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors through its fund Capenergie.

12 October 2009

UK mid-market private equity firm Langholm makes two new hires

Langholm Capital, an independent mid-market private equity firm that invests in consumer-facing companies across Western Europe, has made two new hires.

12 October 2009

TPG, Russia’s VTB Capital team up for Lenta purchase

TPG Capital, one of the bigger US private equity players, and Russian firm VTB Capital have teamed up for the acquisition of a 35.4 per cent stake in hypermarket chain Lenta.

12 October 2009

China Private Equity Investment Holdings raises $5m, lists on AIM exchange

China Private Equity Investment Holdings has raised $5m and will float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

12 October 2009

Advent International acquires majority stake in German financial services company GFKL

Advent International, a private equity firm with global operations, has acquired a majority stake in GFKL Financial Services, an independent financial service provider for debt collection and debt purchase in Germany. The size of the deal has not been disclosed by any parties.

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