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16 June 2011

Open-ended fund manager predicts flight to private equity

The management team of UK firm Aston Ventures is predicting a jump in private equity’s popularity among investors as a means of driving returns in a depressed financial market.

16 June 2011

HomeAway readies $216m IPO

Venture-backed online holiday home rental company HomeAway has filed to raise up to $216m in a US IPO.

16 June 2011

ECI Partners backs moulded plastic specialist Stewart Group

UK mid-market investor ECI Partners has invested £12m in plastic moulded products maker Stewart Group through a £12m (€13.6m) buy-in management buy-out (BIMBO) valuing the company at £17m (€19.4m).

16 June 2011

Ahlström, Accent combine packaging operations with eye to IPO

Finnish private equity firm Ahlström Capital and Swedish investor Accent Equity Partners have teamed up to combine two of their packaging sector portfolio companies, to create a larger European player.

16 June 2011

Foresight Environmental Fund to target London waste investments

UK alternative investment manager Foresight Group is targeting waste and recycling investments in the UK capital through its Foresight Environmental Fund, which secured a £35m (€39.9m) contribution from the Mayoral London Green Fund earlier this year.

15 June 2011

Reynolds Group trumps Silgan bid for Blackstone’s Graham Packaging

The sale of Blackstone-owned moulded plastic packaging company Graham Packaging to Silgan Holdings is in doubt after rival packaging company Reynolds Group submitted a higher bid.

15 June 2011

Candover spin-off Arle goes live

A private equity firm launched to manage the assets of UK buy-out house Candover by some of its former directors has launched today.

15 June 2011

Altor straightens out Orchid Orthopedic deal

Nordic private equity firm Altor Equity Partners has acquired medical device maker Orchid Orthopedic Solutions from US firm Churchill Equity.

15 June 2011

UK incubator-backed Fitronics acquired by Constellation Software

Fitronics, a leisure industry-focused software company backed by UK seed incubator SETsquared, has been acquired by Gary Jonas Computing, a subsidiary of Canadian conglomerate Constellation Software.

15 June 2011

Gresham-backed underground mining specialist Barminco readies IPO

Australian underground mining contractor Barminco has edged closer to a long-anticipated IPO, setting an indicative range of AUS$2.10 – AUS$2.52 per share in what could be the country’s largest listing this year.

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