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27 April 2010

Advantage Partners sells struggling Japanese supermarket stake

Private equity firm Advantage Partners has sold its 11.7 per cent stake in terms of voting rights in ailing Japanese retailer Daiei Inc, according to Reuters.

27 April 2010

GTCR locks down home security company Protection One for $828m

Chicago private equity firm GTCR is to break back into the home security market with the acquisition of Kansas-based home security company Protection One for $828m from majority shareholders Quadrangle Group and Monarch Capital Partners.

27 April 2010

Advent hires former First Data president for financial services investments

Advent International, having recently made appointments to bolster its investment activities in the consumer sector, has now taken on a new operating partner to advise on openings in the financial services industry.

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.


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