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14 June 2011

Helios closes largest ever African PE fund on $900m

Africa-focused private equity firm Helios Investment Partners has closed its second fund on $900m, the largest vehicle ever to focus exclusively on investments on the continent.

14 June 2011

Apax lines up €382m Prosodie deal

UK private equity firm Apax Partners looks set to sell French information technology services group Prosodie after entering exclusive talks with European IT giant Capgemini.

14 June 2011

Private equity-backed Australian Borders, Colorado Group stores to close

The administrators of two private equity-backed Australian store chains are to close a string of outlets, as the Australian retail slump continues.

14 June 2011

Gores Group completes Scoville Fasteners acquisition

US private equity firm the gores Group has completed the acquisition of Scovill fasteners, a troubled manufacturer of fastening products for the clothing industry.

14 June 2011

Express-1 raises $150m from United Brands’ Bradley Jacobs and Jacobs PE

NYSE Amex-listed third-party logistics company Express-1 Expedited Solutions is to raise up to $150m from Bradley Jacobs, the founder of United Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rental company, various minority co-investors, and his private equity firm, Jacobs Private Equity.

13 June 2011

Permira launches €6.5bn fund

UK private equity firm Permira is scaling back its fundraising ambitions from boom-era levels, with plans to return to market this summer.

13 June 2011

Avista Capital taps into Sidewinder Drilling deal

Transatlantic private equity firm Avista Capital Partners has backed Houston oil services company Sidewinder Drilling, agreeing an equity commitment of up to $125m.

13 June 2011

HSBC appoints new private equity head

London-headquartered banking giant HSBC has appointed Simon Jennings, formerly of UBS, as managing director and new head of private equity within the group’s alternative investments division.

13 June 2011

Citi Venture to close Japan office due to lack of attractive deals

The growth market investment arm of US investment bank Citigroup is to close its Japanese office after failing to find any attractive investments.

13 June 2011

Hempel picks up Endless’ Crown Paints

UK private equity firm Endless has sold Crown Paints to Danish coatings supplier Hempel after turning the business around.


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