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8 February 2011

Beringea sells Saffron Digital

Transatlantic venture capital firm Beringea has sold its stake in Saffron Digital, a developer of video delivery platforms, to smartphone designer HTC Corporation, in a deal valuing the company at £30m (€35.4m).

8 February 2011

Zurmont Madison expands management team

Swiss private equity firm Zurmont Madison has expanded its management team with the promotion of Daniel Anliker, Kurt Hitz and Andres Ziegler to partner.

8 February 2011

Swiss-Asia launches €500m China-focused cogeneration fund

Singapore-based fund manager Swiss-Asia Financial Services has launched an infrastructure investment fund, the China District Energy Fund, a with a target size of €500m.

8 February 2011

Antin picks Angelika Schöchlin of Terra Firma as partner, Guillaume Friedel as VP

Angelika Schöchlin of UK private equity group Terra Firma is leaving the firm for Paris-based Antin Infrastructure Partners.

8 February 2011

Merlin to conjure up £1bn for small businesses

The deal being hammered out between the UK government and its banking giants – codenamed Project Merlin – will see them lending an extra £1bn (€1.1bn) to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

7 February 2011

PAI receives nine bids for Yoplait

Private equity firm PAI Partners has received nine non-binding bids for its 50 per cent stake in yogurt maker Yoplait, according to French paper le Journal de Dimanche.

7 February 2011

Goldman Sachs set to pick up Applebee’s franchisee from Weston Presidio

Goldman Sachs Capital, the private equity arm of the investment bank, is nearing a deal to buy Apple American from development capital firm Weston Presidio, according to reports.

7 February 2011

Aditya Birla PE to put $13.7m into GEI Industrial Systems Limited

The private equity arm of Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla is to invest INR625m ($13.7m) in Bhopal-based GEI Industrial Systems, which manufactures equipment for the energy sector.

7 February 2011

BC Partners weighs up Polish grocery chain Zabka

UK private equity firm BC Partners is in advanced talks to acquire Polish grocery store chain Zabka Polska from Czech firm Penta Investments, according to the Wall Street Journal.

7 February 2011

“Quality over quantity” for M&A market

Price to earnings (P/E) multiples for private companies increased in 2010 and are likely to continue to rise this year, driven by interest from both trade and private equity buyers, according to research by BDO.

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