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17 June 2010

Inflexion, F&C sell ICS stake to Blackstone

UK mid-market private equity firm Inflexion and F&C Private Equity Trust have sold their stake in portfolio company ICS, reportedly to US private equity firm Blackstone, for between £110m (€131.7m) and £125m (€149.6m).

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.

16 June 2010

Bloomberg sticks up for shamed Rattner

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has branded allegations that his colleague Stephen Rattner, implicated in the “pay-to-play” scandal that rocked the local pension fund, is guilty of any wrongdoing as “ridiculous”.

16 June 2010

BNP Paribas switches PE FoF chief

Investment bank BNP Paribas’s private equity division has undergone a reshuffle, with former CIO Jean-Marc Rivet-Fusil moved up the ranks to head the fund of funds team and Stéphanie Egoian filling his shoes.

16 June 2010

Tigo Energy raises $10m for solar efficiency technology

Tigo Energy, a US developer of technology to increase the efficiency of commercial and residential solar installations, has raised $10m in new venture capital funding in a round led by electronics manufacturing company Inventec Appliances, bringing the total it has raised to date to $27m.

16 June 2010

Wireless telecoms company picoChip in $20m venture round

picoChip, a UK-based company specialising in the development of femtocell connectivity technology, has raised $20m in venture funding from its existing investor base of Atlas Venture, Highland Capital Partners, Intel Capital, Pond Ventures, Rothschild, Samsung and Scottish Equity Partners.

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.

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.

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