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16 June 2010

US regulators vote for private equity SEC registration

Private equity firms operating in the US are to face greater oversight under an amendment to a major financial regulation bill, according to reports.

16 June 2010

Risk Capital Partners invests in UK car repairer DWS Bodyworks

Risk Capital Partners, a UK-based mid-cap investor founded by the former chairman of Channel 4, Luke Johnson, has taken a majority stake in London-based crash repairer DWS Bodyworks.

15 June 2010

Lombard makes 2.5 times return on world’s largest Thai restaurant chain

Lombard Investments, a private equity house with a specialism for Asia investments, has sold off its interest in S&P Syndicate, the world’s largest Thai restaurant chain, making a 2.5 times return.

15 June 2010

Cablevision picks up Providence’s Bresnan for $1.4bn

Providence Equity Partners has sold communication services provider Bresnan to US ICT company Cablevision for $1.36bn.

15 June 2010

Cinven rebuffed on £200m Spice takeover

London-headquartered buy-out firm Cinven has been rebuffed in its efforts to take over UK infrastructure support services provider Spice.

15 June 2010

IK buys out Polish juice maker Agros Nova

IK Investment Partners, the pan-European private equity firm formerly known as Industri Kapital, has bought a stake in Polish fruit juice maker Agros Nova as it is banking on growth in consumerism in the country.

15 June 2010

Mekong Capital invests $9.1m in real estate developer Nam Long

Mekong Capital, a Vietnam-based private equity firm, has invested $9.1m for a minority holding in Nam Long, a real estate developer in the South-East Asian country.

15 June 2010

Slumping returns prompt LP portfolio re-evaluation

Plummeting returns are leading LPs to reassess their private equity portfolios and the number of GPs they invest with. According to a report by Coller Capital, the proportion of LPs who have made lifetime returns of less than 11 per cent has jumped to over half, from 29 per cent in 2009 and 22 per cent in 2008.

15 June 2010

Horizon Capital invests $40m in agriculture company

Horizon Capital, a firm focused on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova has acquired a stake in Agro-Soyuz, a diversified agricultural corporation, for $40m.

15 June 2010

Ithmar kicks off AED1bn healthcare buy-and-build plan

Ithmar Capital, a private equity firm investing in the Gulf, has taken the first step in rolling out an AED1bn ($272.3m) healthcare buy-and-build plan in the region.

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