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7 June 2011

NBCU to pick up Blackstone’s Universal Orlando stake in for $1bn

US private equity firm Blackstone is to sell its 50 per cent stake in theme park Universal Orlando to co-owner NBC Universal for $1.02bn.

6 June 2011

Private equity defends executive pay in face of SEC crackdown proposals

One of the most eminent US private equity industry bodies has slammed proposals by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would result in increased scrutiny of and control over bonus packages.

6 June 2011

Private equity returns 11.3 per cent for US foundations

Private equity and venture capital were among the weakest-performing alternative assets in the portfolios of US foundations, according to a study by investment manager the Commonfund Institute.

6 June 2011

Apax’s Bankrate to raise up to $320m in US IPO

Private equity-backed personal finance website Bankrate is to raise up to $320m in a US IPO.

6 June 2011

Ethernet connectivity specialist Aquantia taps into $21m Series E funding

US ethernet connectivity solutions specialist Aquantia has raised $21m in Series E funding, with Silicon Valley electronics company LSI Corporation joining the company’s roster of investors.

6 June 2011

Blackstone-backed Vanguard Health to raise $575m in IPO

Vanguard Health Systems, a US hospital operator owned by private equity firm The Blackstone Group, is to raise up to $575m in a US initial public offering.

3 June 2011

Groupon to raise $750m in IPO

US online group discount company Groupon is to capitalise on investor appetite for social networking and e-commerce companies with an initial public offering.

3 June 2011

Thoma Bravo sells property management software company Manatron to Thomson Reuters

US private equity firm Thoma Bravo is to sell Manatron, a provider of property tax automation and land registry software, to information network Thomson Reuters.

2 June 2011

Business outsourcing company Stream Global shoots down Trillium Capital takeover bid

New York-listed business process outsourcing (BPO) company Stream Global has rejected a takeover offer from Massachusetts investor and private equity advisory firm Trillium Capital.

2 June 2011

TPG, Torch Hill invest in network services company Artel

The growth arm of US private equity giant TPG has made an equity investment into information technology and managed communications network services company Artel, alongside Torch Hill Investment Partners.

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