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16 June 2011

Open-ended fund manager predicts flight to private equity

The management team of UK firm Aston Ventures is predicting a jump in private equity’s popularity among investors as a means of driving returns in a depressed financial market.

16 June 2011

HomeAway readies $216m IPO

Venture-backed online holiday home rental company HomeAway has filed to raise up to $216m in a US IPO.

15 June 2011

Carlyle raises $1bn for South American investments

US private equity firm Carlyle has closed two funds collectively worth $1bn in equity to invest in growth and buy-out deals in Brazil and South America.

15 June 2011

Avista picks up data centre operator DataBank

Transatlantic private equity firm Avista Capital is to acquire data centre operator DataBank Holdings from engineering, management and consultancy services company Freeman Group.

15 June 2011

Genstar springs for MW Industries

US mid-market investor Genstar Capital has acquired MW Industries, a manufacturer of specialty springs and fasteners.

15 June 2011

Google launches $280m rooftop solar fund with SolarCity

Search engine giant Google has set up a $280m fund to help US installation specialist SolarCity get more solar rooftop projects off the ground.

15 June 2011

Blue Point nets six times return on Packers Holdings sale

US private equity firm Blue Point Capital Partners is to sell its interest in food sector cleaning and sanitation services company Packers Holdings to New York firm Harvest Partners. The deal earns Blue Point a 6-time return on the initial investment.

15 June 2011

High Road enlists Gotham Partners’ Daniel Gaspar exec as new VP

New York private equity firm High Road Capital Partners has officially hired Daniel J Gaspar as its new vice president.

15 June 2011

Reynolds Group trumps Silgan bid for Blackstone’s Graham Packaging

The sale of Blackstone-owned moulded plastic packaging company Graham Packaging to Silgan Holdings is in doubt after rival packaging company Reynolds Group submitted a higher bid.

15 June 2011

Candover spin-off Arle goes live

A private equity firm launched to manage the assets of UK buy-out house Candover by some of its former directors has launched today.

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