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15 April 2010

PE firms line up as HSBC’s train leasing arm rolls onto the sales block

Private equity firms are expected to lead the way in a bidding war for HSBC’s £2bn (€2.3bn) train leasing business, according to reports. Through HSBC Rail, the bank owns about a third of UK rail rolling stock.

15 April 2010

Online retailer The Hut Group cashes in with £14m funding

British online retail platform The Hut Group has received £14m (€15.9m) from venture capital firm Balderton Capital, as well as London investment fund managers Artemis and The William Currie Group and the former CEO of discount retailer Matalan, Angus Monro.

15 April 2010

Asset manager Salida Capital moves into private equity

Salida Capital, a Canadian asset manager, is preparing to raise a new private equity fund and has received CAN$100m ($100m) in seed funding from an anchor investor, Avenir Capital Corporation CEO Bill Gallacher, ahead of the official launch.

15 April 2010

Bain Capital tries $60m India childrenswear company on for size

US private equity firm Bain Capital is to take a $60m equity stake in Indian clothing company Lilliput Kidswear from managing director Sanjeev Narula and Everstone Capital, according to local newspapers.

15 April 2010

CVC takes 35 per cent stake in Spanish cable operator

CVC Capital Partners has taken a 35 per cent stake in R, a Spanish cable operator with a focus on Galicia in the northwest of the country.

15 April 2010

Qatar’s QInvest Capital buys up 40 per cent of hospitality business

QInvest, a Qatari investment bank, has acquired a 40.8 per cent stake in Intercat Hospitality and Butlers Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services via its private equity arm, QInvest Capital.

14 April 2010

Hong Kong Monetary Authority moves into private equity

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is putting money into private equity; with its reserves growing, it wants to manage its assets more aggressively, according to the Financial Times.

14 April 2010

HarbourVest sets sights on London with secondary offering

HarbourVest Global Private Equity, the listed arm of fund of funds HarbourVest Partners, is to target UK-focused investors with a move to list on London’s Specialist Fund Market. The firm, which is listed on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam, plans to issue a secondary offering in London, selling shares held by existing shareholders to new investors.

14 April 2010

Brazilian PE fundraising to triple for year to June 2011

Brazil-based private equity funds could raise up to $15bn from investors by mid-2011, driven by a growing economy and increased financial risk-taking, according to Reuters.

14 April 2010

Synova Capital makes healthcare hire

Synova Capital, a UK private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market, has added a new investment director and head of healthcare, Dr Joe Wiley from Spirit Capital.


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