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10 June 2010

BNP Paribas strengthens private equity team

BNP Paribas Private Equity, a division of banking group BNP Paribas, has hired Alexandra Dupont, formerly with European mid-market rival Cognetas, and made her an investment director.

10 June 2010

PAI makes first investment since fund cut

French private equity group PAI Partners looks to be bouncing back from cutting its most recent buy-out fund in half at the end of last year by agreeing to buy Cerba European Lab, a clinical pathology business.

10 June 2010

Montagu, GIP grow Biffa’s recycling footprint

Montagu Private Equity and Global Infrastructure Partners have expanded portfolio waste management business Biffa through the bolt-on of recycling-focused Greenstar UK from NTR for £135m (€163.2m).

10 June 2010

Seven suitors for Providence’s Bresnan

The decision by US private equity firm Providence to put broadband provider Bresnan on the sales block has attracted a wave of interest from media and ICT bidders, according to Reuters.

10 June 2010

Industrial fasteners business Deepak secures INR700m from BanyanTree

BanyanTree Growth Capital, a $125m fund operating out of Mumbai, has invested INR700m ($14.9m) in Deepak Fasteners, a manufacturer of industrial fasteners such as nuts and bolts and supplier to the F1 racing space.

9 June 2010

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan makes latest direct investment with $717m SonicWALL take-private

IT security company SonicWALL Inc has agreed to a $717m buy-out by a consortium led by software-focused fund manager Thoma Bravo and including Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the latest example of the Canadian pension fund playing direct investor.

9 June 2010

PE’s top brass meet with Washington legislators behind closed doors

Private equity’s most prominent figures have been meeting with legislators in Washington DC behind closed doors to rally against proposals that would raise taxes on profits made by funds, according to the Financial Times.

9 June 2010

Babson bets on slow return to health for US economy

US investment firm Babson Capital Management is betting on a protracted return to health for the US economy by capping its equity stakes in companies acquired in leveraged buy-outs, according to Bloomberg.

9 June 2010

TPG eyes China tech sectors

US buy-out house TPG Capital sees opportunities in the technology space in China, one if its top dealmakers told Reuters.

9 June 2010

European PE fundraising rebounds as 2010 kicks off

Fundraising in Europe looks as though it has received a welcome shot in the arm, witnessing a massive 60 per cent increase for the first three months of the year, according to data released by the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

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