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3 June 2010

Providence seeks $1bn-plus for broadband company Bresnan

US firm Providence Equity Partners is looking to sell broadband provider Bresnan Communications for over $1bn including debt, according to Bloomberg.

3 June 2010

GED Capital in €7m biodiesel deal

Spanish private equity firm GED Capital has acquired a stake in Bio-Oils, a company specialising in the production of biodiesel.

3 June 2010

Barclays PE takes £16m stake in energy sector services company Wilton

Mid-market firm Barclays Private Equity has taken a significant minority stake in the Wilton Group, a provider of services for the energy sector, through an all-cash management buy-out.

3 June 2010

New PE derivatives exchange PEFOX set for launch

A private equity derivatives exchange offering participants the chance to take long or short positions on funds for the first time is set to launch within the next month.

3 June 2010

PE-backed Nielsen files for $1.75bn IPO

Private equity-owned Nielsen, the world’s largest TV and consumer measurement company, has filed for an initial public offering that it hopes will raise as much as $1.75bn.

2 June 2010

Lombard Odier’s PE business takes independent route

Swiss investment bank Lombard Odier has sold its private equity fund of funds business, with management buying out the unit to form the newly independent Akina Partners.

2 June 2010

Accel adds partner for India growth investments

Accel Partners, a venture capital firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, has added Prateek Dhawan to its India growth equity team as a principal, poaching him from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners where he led the fund’s private equity investments in the country.

2 June 2010

TPG’s main man in China to launch own fund

TPG Capital’s chief rainmaker in China, Weijian Shan, is leaving the US buy-out group as a partner to pursue his own pan-Asian private equity fund, according to the Financial Times.

2 June 2010

Phoenix Equity Partners bucks trend with £450m capped fundraise

Phoenix Equity Partners, the UK mid-market private equity fund manager that bought and sold designer shoe brand Jimmy Choo, has closed its latest fund in the face of “exceptionally tough market conditions”, raising £450m (€540.2m).

2 June 2010

Blackstone tunes in to RadioShack sale talks

New York private equity firm Blackstone has become one of the leading bidders for US electronics retail chain RadioShack, according to reports.


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