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27 April 2010

Myo Capital gets $150m anchor investment from DBS Bank

Myo Capital, a Hong Kong fund manager that focuses on distressed debt and special situations, has received $150m for a new vehicle from anchor investor DBS Bank.

27 April 2010

PAI Partners to break key-man dry spell with Chr. Hansen IPO

French private equity firm PAI Partners is poised for its first exit since the departure of two senior figures last year with the IPO of Danish food chemicals company Chr. Hansen.

26 April 2010

Vision Capital acquires Nordic financial company from Palamon Partners

UK private equity firm Vision Capital has bought Nordax Finans, a provider of loans in the Nordic Region, from European growth investor Palamon Capital Partners. The deal is valued at €105m and gives Palamon a 3.7 times return on its original investment.

26 April 2010

Blackstone, Wellcome Trust pull out of RBS auction

US buy-out house Blackstone and UK medical research charity Wellcome Trust have dropped their bid for the 318 Royal Bank of Scotland branches that have been put up for sale, according to the Daily Telegraph.

26 April 2010

Drug developer Aragon raises $22m to beat hormonally driven cancer

Aragon Pharmaceuticals Inc, a company that develops drugs to treat hormonally driven cancers, has raised $22m in series B financing from new investor Aisling Capital and existing backers OrbiMed Advisors and The Column Group.

26 April 2010

Buy-out firms look for exit as Nielsen prepares IPO

A consortium of private equity houses is set to exit Nielsen, the world’s largest TV and consumer measurement company, with one of the biggest initial public offerings the markets have seen in recent years, according to the Financial Times.

26 April 2010

Investors plant €8m in medtech firm Implanet

French medtech and healthcare IT company Implanet has raised an additional €8m in venture capital, with new investor CM-CIC Private Equity bringing €4m to the table.

26 April 2010

Ex-3i head Yea to chase oil and gas opportunities with new fund

Philip Yea, the former head of listed UK buy-out firm 3i, has his sights set on the oil and gas industry with a new fund that will be listed on the London Stock Exchange, according to reports.

26 April 2010

UK pension fund USS takes Lehman position in secondaries deal

The Universities Superannuation Scheme, the primary pension scheme for UK universities, has acquired a position in Neuberger Berman Secondary Opportunities Fund II from failed investment bank Lehman Brothers’ estate for $135m.

26 April 2010

Eurazeo launches €500m fund targeting French SMEs, makes €50m solar investment

French private equity firm Eurazeo has launched a €500m fund to make growth capital investments in small- and medium-sized businesses in the country over the next five years. The Eurazeo Croissance fund has already taken a stake in Fonroche, a French solar photovoltaic company.


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