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21 April 2011

Tesco picks up venture-backed VoD site blinkbox

UK supermarket giant Tesco has acquired 80 per cent of online video on demand (VoD) service blinkbox from its venture capital backers Eden Ventures and Nordic Venture Partners.

21 April 2011

CICLAD raises €150m in four months

French private equity firm CICLAD has closed its fifth fund on a hard cap of €150m.

21 April 2011

Buy-out houses conservative in NAV estimates – BVCA

Private equity firms in the UK generally do not overvalue the assets in their portfolio, and in fact are conservative in their valuations, according to research by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

21 April 2011

Pamplona-backed Chaucer acquired by Hanover for £313m

Lloyds of London insurer Chaucer is to be acquired by Hanover, a NYSE-listed US general insurer worth $2bn.

21 April 2011

Cubera holds first close for Nordic secondaries fund

Nordic private equity firm Cubera has held a first close on its sixth fund, which looks set to be its largest ever.

21 April 2011

Real estate drives Blackstone’s 58 per cent profit jump

US listed buy-out major Blackstone has posted its strongest quarterly performance in its four years as a public company, with a 58 per cent jump in economic net income for the first quarter of 2011 buoyed by its real estate investments.

21 April 2011

Greenpark promotes Giuseppe Salamone to associate investment director

UK mid-market secondaries specialist Greenpark Capital has promoted Giuseppe Salamone to associate investment director.

21 April 2011

EQT rings the bell for Securitas alarm company sale

Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners is preparing burglar alarm company Securitas Direct for a sale that could raise up to $3bn.

21 April 2011

GS Capital to invest up to $291m in insurer Enstar Group

The private equity arm of financial services giant Goldman Sachs is to invest up to $291.6m in Enstar Group, a Bermuda-based insurance and re-insurance manager.

21 April 2011

Duke Street hires new operating partners as firm shifts structure

London-based private equity firm Duke Street has hired two new operating partners: Martin Robinson, the current chairman of leisure business Centre Parcs UK, and Johanna Waterous of Global Leisure Partners, previously a consultant with McKinsey.

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