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7 August 2009

FSN Capital Partners scores hat trick of deals

FSN Capital Partners, a Nordic private equity house, has just struck a number of deals, making its third, fourth and fifth investments since the firm’s launch.

7 August 2009

Apax Partners sells 14.2 per cent stake in listed semiconductor company

Buy-out firm Apax Partners has sold its 14.2 per cent stake in listed company Dialog Semiconductor, a manufacturer of mixed-signal circuits personal mobile, lighting and display and automotive applications.

7 August 2009

CapMan sells investments and commitments in its own funds to Gimv

Listed alternative asset manager CapMan will sell €17m worth of fund investments and commitments in its own funds in a secondaries deal that marks a transaction between GP and GP.

6 August 2009

State-backed venture capital funds underperform compared to commercial counterparts

State-backed venture capital funds have been underperforming compared to their commercial counterparts, according to the Financial Times.

6 August 2009

EBRD considers €25m investment in Polish fund headed by former Carlyle MD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is considering an initial investment of €25m in a new Polish private equity fund headed by a former Carlyle managing director. Warsaw-based Resource Eastern European Equity Partners I has a target size of €200m.

6 August 2009

Palamon Capital Partners head Louis Elson joins board of philanthropic Impetus Trust

Louis Elson, managing partner and co-founder of Palamon Capital Partners, is joining the board of trustees of UK venture philanthropy firm Impetus Trust.

5 August 2009

LDC invests further £8.3m in rental and asset management provider Microlease

LDC, the private equity arm of the Lloyds Banking Group, has invested an additional £8.3m (€9.8m) in Microlease, a European provider of rental and asset management services to the test equipment market.

5 August 2009

LACERS commits $20m to Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII

The Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS) has approved a commitment of up to $20m to private equity fund Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII.

5 August 2009

Hermes hires two non-executive directors

Hermes Fund Managers, the multi-specialist asset manager with a private equity fund of funds business, welcomes the former chief executive of CMC Markets Jim Pettigrew and the ex-CIO of Asia Pacific Fidelity International as non-executive directors.

4 August 2009

LDC backs MBO of financial education firm JPMorgan Invest

LDC, a mid-market private equity house which is part of the Lloyds Banking Group, has backed the management buy-out of Liverpool-based workplace financial education and benefits firm JPMorgan Invest, which has been re-branded Wealth At Work.

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