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1 April 2011

Q1 fundraising worst since 2003

Private equity firms worldwide raised $42.3bn across 93 funds in the first quarter of 2011, according to research by Preqin.

1 April 2011

Capital Management Partners closes German turnaround fund on €175m

German private equity firm Capital Management Partners has closed a fund focused on turnaround investments in the country on €175m.

1 April 2011

Permira, Mercapital pick up ACS services unit in €608m deal

UK buy-out major Permira and Spanish firm Mercapital have acquired Clece, the services unit of Actividades de Conscrucción y Servicios (ACS) for an enterprise value of €608m.

1 April 2011

Stirling Square sells Microtecnica to Goodrich for €330m

European private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners has sold aerospace component and sub-system manufactureer Microtecnica to Fortune 500 aerospace systems supplier Goodrich Corporation for €330m.

31 March 2011

Global Infrastructure Partners readies Eni gas pipeline bid

Infrastructure-focused private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners is readying a bid for a Swiss-Italian gas pipeline owned by Italian oil and gas giant Eni.

31 March 2011

Flexpoint picks up VeriClaim stake from Silver Oak

US financial services and healthcare-focused private equity firm Flexpoint Ford has acquired a majority stake in insurance claims services company Toplis & Harding, also known as VeriClaim, from Chicago lower mid-market firm Silver Oak Services Partners.

31 March 2011

PNC climbs aboard Environmental Express

The private equity arm of Pittsburgh financial services group PNC has acquired a controlling stake in Environmental Express, a manufacturer and distributor of environmental laboratory testing equipment, from Florida Capital Partners.

31 March 2011

Rothschild launches $750m Chinese investor-focused private equity fund

Millionaire investment banker Jacob Rothschild has launched a $750m private equity fund giving Chinese investors access to international opportunities.

31 March 2011

TPG, Oaktree Capital break ground on $955m Taylor Wimpey deal

US private equity firms TPG and Oaktree Capital Management are to acquire the North American arm of Taylor Wimpey as the house builder moves to refocus on its UK business.

31 March 2011

Private equity-backed Dunkin’ Brands considers IPO

Private equity-backed snack food chain Dunkin’ Brands is considering dipping in to public markets with an IPO.

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