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12 July 2012

Huron draws 6x capital return through Labstat tobacco lab sale

cigarette_170sq Huron Capital has made a six times return on its investment by selling tobacco laboratory Labstat through holding company Apex Laboratories.

12 July 2012

Echo Nest on song with $17m from Norwest Venture Partners

Music intelligence platform The Echo Nest has closed a $17.3m financing round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Prior investors Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Fringe Partners, Jim Pallotta and board member Michael Brown also participated in this round.

12 July 2012

Aureos grabs slice of Peru’s Acurio Restaurantes through LatAm fund

acurio-restaurantes-Peru Aureos Capital’s $182m Latin America Fund has sealed its twelfth investment by acquiring a stake in Peru’s Acurio Restaurantes.

12 July 2012

Vespa Capital buys into engineering consultancy Abylsen for €75m

eiffeltower_3_170sq European private equity firm Vespa Capital has bought Abylsen, an engineering and technology consultancy that advises on operational management and R&D outsourcing, for €75m.

12 July 2012

Permira fashions Valentino exit through sale to Qatari investor

valentino European buyout house Permira has agreed to sell Italian fashion house Valentino to a Qatari investor.

12 July 2012

Carlyle eyes Sequa auto arm sale to streamline aerospace business

Buyout giant Carlyle Group is believed to be ready to streamline engineering portfolio company Sequa by selling its automotive division.

12 July 2012

Celebrity favourite Hudson Jeans could be sold by Webster, Fireman Capital

hudson-jeans-georgia-jagger Private equity-backed Hudson Jeans, a clothing line favoured by celebrities including David Beckham and Jessica Alba, could be put up for sale.

12 July 2012

Crescent Capital tables A$220m offer for ClearView Wealth

Sydney-based buyout firm Crescent Capital Partners has made an A$220m ($223m) unsolicited takeover offer for listed Australian financial services provider ClearView Wealth, according to a notice filed with the ASX today.

12 July 2012

Norwest aiming for 11x EBITDA exit through Becker Underwood sale

growth-seedling_sq Norwest Equity Partners could sell agricultural chemicals company Becker Underwood for more than $1bn, it is understood.

12 July 2012

Blackstone backs Wilson bid for ING’s Asia life insurance operations

china-beijing_sq Global private equity firm Blackstone is reported to be backing former AIA Group chief Mark Wilson’s bid for Dutch insurer ING's Asia life insurance operations, which could fetch around $7bn and mark Asia’s largest insurance M&A deal.

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