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29 April 2010

Actis teams up with Tata for $2bn highways joint venture

Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Actis is to team up with the infrastructure arm of Indian business conglomerate Tata to invest in roads and highways in the country.

29 April 2010

Darby takes $20m stake in Brazil grain port

The private equity arm of California investment management firm Franklin Templeton Investments has invested BRL$35m ($20m) in the grain terminal of Latin America’s largest port.

29 April 2010

Elevation makes surprise return on Palm through Hewlett Packard sale

Elevation Partners has exited beset smartphone developer Palm, an investment that looked set to cost the US private equity firm, whose investment team includes U2’s Bono, as the company faltered with the release of the iPhone and Blackberry.

28 April 2010

UK PE firm August Equity reshuffles team

UK private equity firm August Equity has strengthened its investment team with the appointment of John Fisher as partner and the promotions of Aatif Hassan to partner and David Lonsdale to investment director.

28 April 2010

Travel services company Amadeus in biggest European IPO since 2008

Private equity-backed travel reservations company Amadeus has gone public in the biggest European listing since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

28 April 2010

Nualight shines on with €9.1m in venture funding

Irish LED manufacturer Nualight has raised €9.1m in a funding round led by €200m clean technology fund Climate Change Capital Private Equity (CPE).

28 April 2010

Index Ventures returns to roots with seed investment initiative

European firm Index Ventures is to return its sights to early stage investing as falling costs increase the profitability of seed technology investment.

28 April 2010

Bain Capital sets sights on Asia with relocation of managing director

US buy-out house Bain Capital has relocated a founding member of its European team to Hong Kong, a spokesman has confirmed, as western private equity firms continue to set their sights on Asia and less traditional markets.

28 April 2010

Keystone National closes $75m fund of funds

Lower mid-market private equity firm Keystone National has closed its latest fund of funds on $74.5m, with commitments from family offices, foundations and high-net worth investors.

28 April 2010

Natixis Private Equity names CEO ahead of sale to AXA

Natixis has chosen Nicolas Homassel to head its private equity arm, as the French bank readies the sale of the division to AXA Private Equity.


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