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4 April 2012

Strong start to 2012 bodes well for US IPO marketsp

Building on momentum carried over from the fourth quarter of 2011, the US IPO market showed significant strength in the first quarter of 2012, resulting in the highest first quarter volume since 2007.

4 April 2012

Sugarcrm completes $33m financing round from NEA, DFJ, SVB, Gold Hill, Walden

Customer relationship management company SugarCRM has completed a $33m equity and debt financing round.

4 April 2012

Burger King owner 3G to sell 29 per cent stake to UK’s Justice Holdings

The Brazilian private equity firm which owns the Burger King hamburger chain is planning to sell almost a third of the company less than two years after taking it private.

4 April 2012

Manta seals $44m minority investment from Norwest Venture Partners

Online small business community Manta has received a $44m minority equity investment from California-headquartered Norwest Venture Partners.

4 April 2012

PWK Partners calls for Great Wolf to withdraw Apollo recommendationp

waterpark_sq PWK Partners, a shareholder of Great Wolf Resorts, has reiterated its “serious concerns” with the proposed acquisition by private equity group Apollo Global Management of all the issued and outstanding shares for $5 per share, in cash.

3 April 2012

Carlyle could sell 10% stake in IPO

stocks_lrg Global buyout giant Carlyle has said it could put ten per cent of its business on the block as part of its highly anticipated initial public offering, according to a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

3 April 2012

New York Life Capital hits $980m close on latest mezzanine fund

New York Life Investments’ private equity wing has closed its third mezzanine fund on $980m, a 20 per cent increase on its previous vehicle.

3 April 2012

Sterling Partners grabs majority stake in Desert Industrial X-Ray

Chicago private equity firm Sterling Partners has bought a majority stake in non-destructive testing company Desert Industrial X-Ray.

3 April 2012

IPOs set the tone for US VC-backed companies 2012 as strategic sales slow downp

The public markets showed a strong appetite for US venture-backed companies in the first quarter, though strategic acquisitions slowed dramatically.

3 April 2012

New investment for Fisker Automotive sees it hit $1bnp

fisker_170sq Plug-in hybrid sports car developer Fisker Automotive has closed $392m of a $500m funding round.

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