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21 June 2011

Sun Capital Partners buys Vitro America assets for $61m

The US private investment firm Sun Capital has acquired all the assets of Vitro America LLC and three other Vitro US subsidiaries through a bankruptcy sale. The purchase price was around $61m.

20 June 2011

Zouk closes cleantech growth fund on €230m

European private equity firm zouk Capital has closed its latest fund, Cleantech Europe II, on €230m, well above its original target of €200m. The fund is Europe’s largest dedicated growth equity fund in the cleantech space.

20 June 2011

US private equity firm Oaktree files for $100m IPO

US firm Oaktree Capital Management has become the latest private equity house to go public, filing for a $100m IPO in the US.

20 June 2011

AIFMD may not be right for venture, says EU

European venture capital firms may receive a last-minute reprieve from the upcoming Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) directive as European Union regulators question whether the measures are appropriate for the asset class.

20 June 2011

Simmons Parallel fund on hunt for energy investment

UK private equity co-investment vehicle the Simmons Parallel Energy Fund will target the energy sector as it seeks to invest a further £17m over the next two years.

20 June 2011

Apollo’s Berry Plastics picks up Rexam lids unit for $360m in cash

UK-based consumer packaging giant Rexam has sold its beverage and specialty lids division to Berry Plastics, the manufacturer acquired by US private equity firm Apollo for $2.25bn in 2006.

20 June 2011

Shares in venture-backed Pandora dip post-IPO

Shares in venture-backed internet radio station Pandora have dipped following its IPO last week.

20 June 2011

TPG, Fidelity lead $45m Ultragenyx Series A round

Rare disease therapeutics developer Ultragenyx has closed a $45m round of Series A financing just over a year since the company’s inception.

20 June 2011

Broadband home management specialist iControl banks $50m venture funding

US broadband green home management software and services company iControl has raised $50m in its latest funding round, bringing its total venture funding raised to $100m.

20 June 2011

Bank of Ireland in talks with private equity

The Bank of Ireland is said to be in advanced talks with US private equity firms over the potential sale of a stake in the lender, which is attempting to raise €4.2bn in fresh capital.

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