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18 March 2011

General Mills to acquire 50 per cent Yoplait stake

US Fortune 500 food corporation General Mills is set to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Yoplait, after private equity owner PAI Partners granted exclusivity to the company.

18 March 2011

First Reserve expands energy infrastructure team with three new appointments

Energy-focused private investment firm First Reserve has expanded its power infrastructure team with the appointment of three new additions.

18 March 2011

Phones4u picks up BC Partners’ call

UK private equity firm BC Partners has acquired mobile phone retailer Phones4u from US firm Providence Equity Partners.

18 March 2011

Bowmark banks four times return on GI Partners’ Advanced Childcare acquisition

UK mid-market private equity firm Bowmark Capital has sold Advanced Childcare, a Manchester-based provider of care and education to young people with behavioural difficulties, to US firm GI Partners.

17 March 2011

Iceni builds portfolio with ZeroC

UK growth capital firm Iceni Capital has made a ‘significant’ minority investment in ZeroC, a building developer with a focus on sustainability.

17 March 2011

Apollo postpones IPO amid market uncertainty

US private equity firm Apollo Global Management has decided to delay a long-anticipated initial public as markets react to the ongoing crisis in Japan.

17 March 2011

KKR sitting on $11bn of dry powder

Private equity giant KKR has $11bn of ‘dry powder’ or uninvested capital, the firm revealed at its first investor day since the firm went public in July.

17 March 2011

equitrust drives home with Wegu

German private equity firm equitrust has acquired 100 per cent ownership of automotive manufacturing solutions business Wegu Europe from its owners, the Bonrath family.

17 March 2011

Sankaty picks up ‘€100m’ mezzanine portfolio

Sankaty Advisors, the credit arm of Bain Capital, has picked up a portfolio of loans to European companies from lending agency CapitalSource.

17 March 2011

Just-Eat bites into $48m funding

London-based online takeaway food ordering service Just-Eat has closed $48m funding round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners and internet-focused firm Redpoint Ventures.

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