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18 February 2011

Online loan service Wonga raises £73m in growth capital

Online money lending business Wonga has raised £73m (€87m) in a funding round led by growth capital firm Oak Investment Partners.

18 February 2011

Altor acquires Veolia’s Norwegian business

Nordic private equity firm Altor has acquired Norwegian environmental services provider Veolia Miljø from the company’s French parent.

18 February 2011

Procuritas chalks up Norwegian education company Sonans acquisition

Nordic private equity firm Procuritas has acquired Sonans, a Norwegian supplier of education services, from listed energy and investment company Arenda Fossekompani.

17 February 2011

Zeus Capital rebrands, prepares to fundraise

UK private equity firm Zeus Private Equity has rebranded itself as Palatine Private Equity as it prepares to begin raising its second fund.

17 February 2011

Demand for leverage from secondaries funds soars

Demand for leverage from private equity secondary funds has risen five-fold over the past year, according to banking group Investec.

17 February 2011

EQT, Goldman-backed ISS planning €1.78bn IPO

Private equity-backed ISS, the world’s largest cleaning service contractor, has said it intends to float on the stock market with an initial public offering that could raise DEK13.3bn (€1.78bn).

17 February 2011

TPG, Leonard Green try on J Crew as go shop period ends

The $2.86bn take-private of US fashion retailer J Crew by private equity firms TPG and Leonard Green looks set to go through as the company’s 85 day go shop period ended with no deal reached.

17 February 2011

Buy-out performance “cannot be emulated” by public markets

Private equity buy-outs are producing returns that cannot be emulated on public markets, according to data from London Business School and HEC in Paris.

17 February 2011

Sun European Partners completes NextPharma acquisition

The European arm of US private equity firm Sun Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of NextPharma Technologies, a provider of manufacturing, product development, clinical trials and logistics services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

17 February 2011

Bidders circle EQT’s KabelBW

At least five bids have been submitted for Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German cable operator owned by Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners, according to reports.

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