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12 April 2010

Cerberus in $1.5bn DynCorp take-private

New York private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has agreed to acquire the listed US national security services provider DynCorp International Inc for $1.5bn, causing the listed company’s shares to surge by nearly 49 per cent.

12 April 2010

Wellcome Trust joins Blackstone for RBS branches

Medical research charity the Wellcome Trust is backing Blackstone's bid for Royal Bank of Scotland’s 318 branches, according to reports.

12 April 2010

Sequoia backs Chinese blood glucose monitoring company

Beijing YiCheng Bioelectronics, a Chinese blood glucose monitoring system manufacturer, has closed a series A round with 70m yuan ($10.3m) from lead investor Sequoia Capital and PreIPO Capital.

12 April 2010

UK watchdog probes ex-JC Flowers investor embezzlement allegations

A former investor for US private equity firm JC Flowers is being investigated by the UK Financial Services Authority over allegations of embezzlement, according to the Financial Times.

12 April 2010

LPEQ welcomes HarbourVest as its latest member

Fund of funds HarbourVest has joined LPEQ, a group of European quoted private equity companies that aims to raise awareness and understanding of the listed private equity asset class.

12 April 2010

Candover injects additional £15m into UK mail company DX Group

UK private equity firm Candover Partners is to inject £15m (€17m) of fresh equity into the DX Group, as the independent UK and Ireland mail and courier company has agreed to a capital refinancing and management buy-in.

12 April 2010

Siraj Capital mulls $100m PE fund

Saudi investment firm Siraj Capital is in preliminary discussions over setting up a $100m private equity fund to invest in small- and medium-sized companies in the Middle Eastern country, according to Gulf News.

9 April 2010

Hilton confirms $4bn debt cut

Hilton Worldwide, acquired by Blackstone in a landmark $20m buy-out, has confirmed its debt restructure, a deal that lightens the load for the luxury hotel group, which has been toiling with an impaired balance sheet.

9 April 2010

PE battle of the brothers for film house Miramax

The bidding for Miramax looks set to be a private equity-backed battle of the brothers as Tim and Alec Gores bid against the troubled film house’s founders the Weinsteins, according to reports.

9 April 2010

Abris takes Polish car fleet company off General Motors’ GMAC

Central and eastern European-focused private equity group Abris Capital Partners has taken the wheel of Masterlease Polska, a car leasing business previously owned by General Motors’ financial services arm GMAC.


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