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20 January 2011

Next Wave Partners closes second fund on £27m

Northern Europe-focused SME investor Next Wave Partners has closed its second fund on £27m (€32m).

20 January 2011

EQT Greater China Fund stocks up on Classic Fine Foods

Swedish buy-out house has acquired Classic Fine Foods (CFF) group from UK food business Vestey through its Greater China II fund.

20 January 2011

RCapital bites into hot dog maker Westler Foods

UK turnaround specialist RCapital has acquired canned and pouched food maker Westler Foods after the company entered administration in December 2010.

20 January 2011

UK private equity deal volume may rise on lower valuations

Private equity groups will need to raise more than £3bn of debt to fund new deals in the UK this year, according to Grant Thornton's latest Private Equity Barometer.

20 January 2011

General Atlantic takes stake in Kaspersky Lab

Specialist growth equity firm General Atlantic (GA) has become the second largest shareholder in Russian antivirus software developer Kaspersky Lab, after Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s shareholder and CEO.

19 January 2011

Riverside Company in talks to acquire marketing solutions company Pareto

Lower mid-market private equity investor the Riverside Company has entered into talks to acquire Toronto-listed marketing solutions company Pareto.

19 January 2011

Bob Geldof partners with ex-Doughty Hanson exec for $1bn Africa PE fund

Musician and activist Bob Geldof is to launch a $1bn Africa-focused private equity fund, according reports.

19 January 2011

Aircraft lessor Avolon lands additional funding from investors Cinven, CVC and Oak Hill

Aircraft leasing group Avolon has raised an additional $250m in equity and from its existing private equity backers, Cinven, CVC Capital Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners.

19 January 2011

AXA Private Equity snaps up Novacap from Bain

AXA Private Equity has agreed to acquire French chemicals company Novacap from US private equity firm Bain Capital for an enterprise value of €240m, with the support of the company’s management.

19 January 2011

UK minister slams “shameful” Actis privatisation

Andrew Mitchell, the UK minister for international development, has attacked the way in which the previous administration went about privatising emerging markets firm Actis, saying it was “shameful” that UK taxpayers received nothing from the deal.

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