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25 January 2011

Oberthur walks out on De La Rue

French technology group Oberthur has walked away from its bid to acquire UK banknote printer De La Rue, after the company’s board refused to recommend it to shareholders.

25 January 2011

Nielsen discloses employee shareholdings

Data collection company Nielsen, which is preparing to price its stock market listing this evening, has issued details of stock held by its employees for the first time.

25 January 2011

Axcel sells packaging design company EskoArtwork for €350m

Danish private equity firm Axcel has sold EskoArtwork, a developer of design and pre-production solutions to the packaging industry, to US technology company Danaher Corporation for €350m.

25 January 2011

Blackstone to sue InfoGroup founder over $6.8m of unpaid fees

Private equity behemoth Blackstone is to sue businessman Vinod Gupta over alleged unpaid advisory fees of $6.8m.

25 January 2011

Yun Feng has raised $1.5bn so far

Chinese private equity group Yun Feng Capital, established last April, has raised RMB10bn ($1.52bn) so far in two funds.

25 January 2011

Venture firms chalk up record $1bn biotech exit as Amgen acquires BioVex

Transatlantic biotechnology company BioVex has been acquired by human therapeutics company Amgen for $1bn, in one of the largest ever exits for a venture-backed biotech.

25 January 2011

Intel Capital leads €18.8m investment in solar module developer Sulfurcell

The venture investment arm of microchip and semiconductor giant Intel has led an €18.8m financing round for German thin-film solar module developer Sulfurcell, paving the way for the company to bring its second generation thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology to market.

25 January 2011

Cognetas to sell three German businesses, wind up 2001 fund

European mid-market firm Cognetas has put three German businesses for sale as it looks to wind up a €1bn fund raised almost a decade ago, according to Reuters.

24 January 2011

Facebook raises $1.5bn financing, confirms $50bn valuation

US social networking giant Facebook has raised $1.5bn in new financing, cementing the site’s $50bn valuation, and is set to start filing public financial reports as its investor base nears the 500 mark.

24 January 2011

Blackstone, HG, Duke Street on trail of Southern Cross

Private equity groups are rumoured to be eyeing up British care home operator Southern Cross, which was owned by Blackstone until it floated on the stock market in 2006.


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