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6 May 2010

International Battery charges up with $35m series C

International Battery, a US rechargeable lithium-ion cell developer, has raised $35m in the first close of its series C financing round, led by Digital Power Capital, an affiliate of Connecticut-based investor Wexford Capital.

6 May 2010

INSIDE Contactless secures €11m, acquires SMS company

INSIDE Contactless, a French producer of contactless secure transaction chips solutions, has received an additional injection of €11.2m series D financing.

6 May 2010

TPG to make seven times return on Shenzhen Development Bank sale

TPG is on the brink of exiting a controlling stake in China’s Shenzhen Development Bank, returning a profit of more than $2.14bn for the US buy-out house, according to the Financial Times.

5 May 2010

HgCapital acquires Swedish disability care company from Polaris

UK private equity firm HgCapital has acquired Swedish specialist disability care provider Frösunda from Danish private equity firm Polaris. The deal value was not disclosed, but is reported at €130m.

5 May 2010

Advent appoints Serco chairman for business services investments

Advent International is continuing its hiring spree with the appointment of Serco Group chairman Kevin Beeston as an operating partner. He will help the firm identify investment opportunities in the business services sector and will maintain his role as chairman of Advent’s portfolio company, Domestic & General, a provider of post point-of-sale extended warranty services.

5 May 2010

Nordic investor Conor reaches €46.5m first close of early stage venture fund

Finland early stage investor Conor Venture Partners has reached the first close of its second fund targeting technology investments in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

5 May 2010

Cinven exec migrates to GMT Communications Partners

GMT Communications Partners, a European private equity group focused exclusively on media, information, entertainment and telecommunications, has brought on Stefan Franssen from buy-out house Cinven as a partner.

5 May 2010

PE professionals optimistic over return of leverage

Private equity professionals are optimistic that the debt markets will continue to rebound, with a majority of 52 per cent expecting leverage levels to increase in the next six months, according to new data released today.

5 May 2010

Earth Capital Partners launches forestry fund

Investment management firm Earth Capital Partners has launched the ECP Forestry Fund One, which will target up to $300m of investment in timber plantations and related assets in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

5 May 2010

Shell UK chairman calls for partnership between VCs and corporations

The UK chairman of one of the world’s largest multinational oil companies, Shell’s James Smith, has voiced the need for venture capitalists investing in the renewable energy sector to work in tandem with corporations for new technologies to be successful.


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