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11 June 2010

Riverside makes first 2010 exit

US lower mid-market firm The Riverside Company has made its first exit of the year with the sale of Texas environmental consultancy firm Entrix to publicly listed Australian company Cardno.

11 June 2010

Origo hopes for £20m fundraise with new share issue

Origo Partners, a private equity fund listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM bourse, has drummed up a further £20m (€24.2m) for investments in a number of “well-advanced” opportunities in China’s cleantech and agriculture sectors.

11 June 2010

Brit Insurance shoots down Apollo’s £785m bid

A reported £785m (€944.6m) bid by US private equity firm Apollo has been rejected by commercial insurance company Brit Insurance.

11 June 2010

Former UBS banker preps two Brazilian PE funds

Brazilian securities firm BTG Pactual is raising around $1bn across two private equity funds, Reuters reports, citing the Valor Economico newspaper.

10 June 2010

SAM raises $200m for first close of cleantech FoF

Investment boutique Sustainable Asset Management, together with its sector-agnostic parent Robeco, has completed the first close of its third generation cleantech private equity fund of funds on $200m.

10 June 2010

Palamon enlists new associate principal

London-domiciled Palamon Capital Partners has brought on Dietrich Hauptmeier as an associate principal of the mid-market private equity firm.

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.


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