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11 April 2012

Thoma Bravo grabs control of IT monitoring provider Network Instruments

US private equity firm Thoma Bravo has bought a controlling interest in network management solutions provider Network Instruments (NI) as it looks to expand the business.

11 April 2012

Healthcare giant Merck teams up with Flagship Ventures

Flagship Ventures has teamed up with healthcare giant Merck’s $250m fund to back pioneering pharmaceutical start-ups.

11 April 2012

CalPERS to sell $1.5bn of private equity fund stakes

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the biggest public pension fund in the US, is looking to offload around $1.5bn worth of private equity fund interests on the secondary market as part of a wider restructuring plan of its alternative assets investments.

11 April 2012

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity buys Canadian ATM operator Access Cash

atm_170sq Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity has acquired Canadian ATM company Access Cash General Partnership. Morgan Stanley said the current management team will remain in place and hold a significant minority stake in the company.

10 April 2012

Sun Capital pigs out with sixth exit of the year with sale of Fearmans Pork

Sun Capital Partners has exited its sixth US company since the turn of the year with the sale of Canadian meat processing company Fearmans Pork to Sofina Foods.

10 April 2012

KSL Great Wolf bid beaches Apollo Global offerp

Apollo Global Management has had its second bid for Great Wolf Resorts trumped by KSL Capital Partners after the rival firm tabled an $234m cash offer for the business - 40 per cent higher than the Chicago-based private equity giant’s initial bid.

10 April 2012

Braemer Energy Ventures, Chrysalix SET, Hermes GPE back Sefaira Series A round

US venture firm Braemer Energy Ventures has led a $10.8m financing round in building-related energy efficiency software company Sefaira.

10 April 2012

Gores Group acquires touch screen arm of TE Connectivity for $380m

mobile-touch LA-based private equity firm The Gores Group has agreed a $380m cash deal for the touch screen computing arm of TE Connectivity.

10 April 2012

Burrill & Co leads $16.5m financing in cataract surgery company WaveTec

Burrill & Company has led a $16.5m financing round into precision cataract surgery tech developer WaveTec Vision.

10 April 2012

Cerberus follows up Yellow Pages enquiry with $950m stake purchase

telephone-cable_sq Cerberus Capital Management has taken a $950m punt on Yellow Pages by buying a 53 per cent stake in the dwindling US business from AT&T.

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