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22 April 2010

Advent lays bet on UK sofa chain DFS

Advent International has agreed to acquire DFS for a reported £500m (€578.1m) following weeks of speculation as to who would end up taking ownership of the UK sofa retailer, or if it was even up for sale in the first place.

22 April 2010

Blackstone bounces back with $360m Q1 net income

US private equity firm Blackstone has beat estimates for the first quarter of 2010 with earnings of $360m, compared to a loss of $82m during the same period in 2009. Reporting positive results across all divisions, the firm posted fee revenues of $99m, and claims that export and credit markets were on the rise and investor appetite for risk was returning.

21 April 2010

Blogging site Tumblr gets more cash from Union Square, Spark Capital

Famous blogging software application Tumblr has raised $5m in a recent series C funding round from existing investors Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital, according to reports.

21 April 2010

Medtech company Sotera raises $10.75m venture funding

US medical device company Sotera Wireless has closed a $10.75m series C funding round led by West Family Holdings. Other participants in the round included existing investors Sanderling Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and Intel Capital.

21 April 2010

Diapers.com raises $20m debt financing from new arrival

Diapers.com, an online baby products retailer, has closed a $20m round of mezzanine financing led by Pinnacle Ventures via its parent company Quidsi Inc. The investment follows last October’s $30m equity financing led by New Enterprise Associates.

21 April 2010

Solar systems manufacturer Amonix raises $130m from KPCB

Amonix, a US-based designer and manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, has raised a $129.4m series B financing round led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.

21 April 2010

Diapers.com in $30m investment round

Diapers.com, an online baby products retailer, has closed on a $30m series E round of financing led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Existing investors, Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and MentorTech Ventures, also participated.

21 April 2010

HarbourVest hires Lund from SVG for investor relations

Private equity fund of funds HarbourVest Partners has boosted its investor relationship building capabilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the hire of former SVG Advisers executive Simon Lund.

21 April 2010

Shamed Rattner to manage NY mayor’s fortune

A high-profile investor under investigation in the US is to play a key role in founding an investment firm that will manage the wealth of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the New York Times.

21 April 2010

Israeli high-tech venture experiences worst quarter in five years

Venture capital funding in Israel’s high-tech sector slumped to its lowest level in five years in the first quarter of 2010. Companies raised $234m from domestic and international venture investors during the quarter, a 15 per cent drop on the final three months of 2009.


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