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28 June 2011

Lee Equity’s Deb Shops to be taken over by lenders

Deb Shops, a US womenswear chain backed by Lee Equity Partners, the growth-focused investor founded by buy-out veteran Thomas H Lee, is to be taken over by its senior lenders after filing for bankruptcy.

28 June 2011

ABRY to acquire Masergy

Media, communications, and business information sector-focused private equity fund ABRY Partners has entered is to acquire network service provider Masergy Communications in a deal that will see the firm acquire 100 per cent of the company’s existing equity.

28 June 2011

DAG Ventures targets $500m for next fund

Palo Alto venture capital firm DAG Ventures is looking to raise up to $500m for its next fund.

 

28 June 2011

Water Street Healthcare acquires lab products distributor MarketLab

Healthcare-focused private equity firm Water Street Healthcare Partners has acquired MarketLab, a distributor of hard-to-find products to clinical sector.

27 June 2011

GSV Capital picks up Facebook stake

Listed investment fund GSV Capital has taken a $6.5m stake in social networking site Facebook in a deal reportedly valuing it at $70bn.

27 June 2011

Trimaran Capital sells Standard Steel to Sumitomo Metals for $340m

New York private equity firm Trimaran Capital Partners has sold Standard Steel, a US manufacturer of steel railroad wheels and axles, to Japanese steel business Sumitomo Metals Industries a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation, for $340m.

24 June 2011

US family offices team up for cleantech investments

A consortium of 11 US family offices, representing a collective net worth in excess of $30bn, have formed a Cleantech Syndicate to invest in the sector over the next five years.

24 June 2011

Canadian pension consortium Maple ups TMX bid to $3.8bn

Canadian pension fund and banking consortium Maple Group has upped its bid for Toronto Stock Exchange parent TMX as the battle to prevent the merger of the bourse with the London Stock Exchange intensifies.

24 June 2011

Azalea Capital picks up Star Packaging, merges with portfolio company

US private equity firm Azalea Capital has acquired Atlanta-based flexible packaging materials maker Star Packaging, and is to merge the business with portfolio company Master Packaging.

23 June 2011

Charlesbank completes DEI Holdings acquisition in $305m cash deal

US mid-market investor Charlesbank Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of DEI Holdings, the consumer electronics manufacturer formerly owned by Trivest Partners.

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