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23 October 2007

21 Investimenti II holds first closing on €150m

Italian mid-market private equity firm 21 Investimenti, part of 21 Group, has held a first closing on its new fund, 21 Investmenti II. The fund has raised €150m.

18 October 2007

Swiss firm ALPHA Associates closes second CEE fund of funds on €309m

Zurich-based private equity fund of funds manager ALPHA Associates has closed its latest fund, ALPHA CEE II, on €309m, above its €300m target. The fund will focus on in the CEE region. A first closing on €109m was announced in August 2006.

17 October 2007

GMT appoints Natalie Tydeman as industry advisor

European communications sector-focused private equity group GMT Communications Partners has appointed Natalie Tydeman as an industry advisor to its investment team. Tydeman's new role will include deal origination, exit and portfolio company management.

17 October 2007

Kaupthing acquires DLG for £72.5m

Kaupthing Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Iceland's Kaupthing Bank, has acquired DLG in conjunction with the company's management for a total consideration of £72.5m.

16 October 2007

Industri Kapital 2007 Fund closes on €1.7bn

European mid-market private equity firm Industri Kapital has closed its sixth fund, the Industri Kapital 2007 Fund, with total commitments of €1.675bn, above its €1.25bn target. The fund was launched in February 2007 and held a first closing on about €1.25bn in May.

16 October 2007

LGT closes Crown European Buyout Opportunities II on €800m

Pfaeffikon, Switzerland-headquartered alternative investment manager LGT Capital Partners has closed its Crown European Buyout Opportunities II fund, its latest private equity investment programme focusing on European small buy-out funds, on €800m.

15 October 2007

Permira sells toothpaste tube manufacturer Betts in £110m deal

Permira, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of Scotland have sold toothpaste tube manufacturer Betts Global to UK mid-market private equity firm Gresham Private Equity in a deal worth in excess of £110m.

15 October 2007

AlpInvest receives €2bn mezzanine mandate from ABP, PGGM

Dutch private equity investor AlpInvest Partners has received a €2bn mezzanine mandate from its pension fund clients ABP and PGGM.

15 October 2007

Sitra, Provider Venture Partners to raise up to €160m for cleantech fund

Finnish government innovation fund Sitra has teamed up with Swedish venture capital firm Provider Venture Partners to raise a €100-160m venture capital fund to invest in Nordic cleantech enterprises. The new Nordic venture capital fund will be based in Finland and Sweden.

15 October 2007

Milestone Capital hires Philip Conboy as partner

UK and France-focused private equity firm Milestone Capital Partners has hired Philip Conboy as a new partner. Conboy joins Milestone after 15 years of private equity investment experience.

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