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7 June 2011

Patriarch Partners’ Signature Styles files for Chapter 11

Catalogue and internet retailer Signature Styles, a portfolio company of turnaround investor Patriarch Partners, has filed for bankruptcy in a Delaware court.

7 June 2011

Violin Memory logs $40m Series C financing

California scalable memory developer Violin Memory has raised $40m in a Series C fundraising round a few months after closing a B round.

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.

7 June 2011

Baring PE Asia picks up Singapore education business

Pan-Asian investment firm Baring Private Equity Asia has acquired the tertiary education business of PSB Academy, one of the largest independent education providers in Singapore.

7 June 2011

HarbourVest bids $752m for Absolute Private Equity

Private equity firm HarbourVest Partners, and closed-ended investment firm HarbourVest Global Private Equity, have submitted a $752m bid for Swiss fund of funds investor Absolute Private Equity, through HarbourVest Acquisition.

7 June 2011

Terra Firma names Citi exec as new investor relations head

UK private equity firm Terra Firma has enlisted Kamal Tabet, formerly of arch-rival Citigroup, as the new head of its investor relations department.

7 June 2011

Tandem Capital closes its doors after one deal

Spanish private equity firm Tandem Capital is to close its doors after making one investment in its entire four year history.

7 June 2011

Nordic firm FSN scores twin exits with CTEK, Baggium unit sales

Nordic firm FSN Capital has scored two exits with the sale of battery charger maker CTEK Creator Group to Scandinavian investor Altor Equity Partner, and the care and treatment arm of portfolio company Baggium to therapy group Humana.

7 June 2011

Intel Capital leads $13m investment humanoid robotics developer Aldebaran

The venture capital unit of US semiconductor giant Intel Capital has led a $13m investment into French humanoid robotics developer Aldeberan Robotics.

7 June 2011

Palatine backs MoneyPlus Group MBO

UK firm Palatine Private Equity has backed the management buy-out of consumer financial services company MoneyPlus Group.

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