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2 October 2012

Apollo, Harbinger, Guggenheim submit bids for Aviva life insurance arm

contract-5_sq Aviva is reported to have received offers from Apollo, Harbinger Capital Partners and Guggenheim Partners for its life insurance unit, in a sale that could fetch over $1bn.

2 October 2012

Partners Group invests in Hong Kong commercial property

Partners Group has invested in a 15-storey commercial building Hong Kong’s populated Tsuen Wan district.

2 October 2012

French biopharma Biophytis completes €2m venture round

Paris-based biopharmaceutical company Biophytis has raised €2m in its Series B round, with investment from Seventure and CM-CIC Capital Prive.

2 October 2012

Blackrock joins RDIF in Russia’s MICEX ahead of IPO

Asset management group BlackRock has acquired a stake in Russian stock exchange MICEX-RTS from state-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund, ahead of its planned IPO.

1 October 2012

Gresham backs £25m MBO of Investis $

investis_sq UK mid-market private equity firm Gresham has completed a £25m management buyout of Investis, a company that provides digital corporate communications to public companies.

1 October 2012

Morgenthaler Private Equity exits Avtron Industrial Automation

Lower mid-market buyout firm Morgenthaler Private Equity has sold engineered control and automation solutions Avtron Industrial Automation.

1 October 2012

Sentinel sells Massage Envy to Roark Capital

US lower mid-market buyout house Sentinel Capital Partners has sold Massage Envy, the country’s largest provider and franchisor of massage therapy and facial treatment services, through a secondary exit to private equity peer Roark Capital.

1 October 2012

State-backed BGF invests £10m in

broadbandchoices_sq Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at financing UK SMEs, has bought a £10m minority stake in London-based, a provider of home communications price comparison services.

1 October 2012

Lion Capital leads £220m refinancing of frozen food maker Findus

Lion Capital is reported to have led an investor group including Northwestern Mutual Capital in a £220m refinancing of Findus, a move that will cut the frozen food maker’s debt load in half.

1 October 2012

Actis invests $32m in Sri Lankan hospital group Asiri

Emerging markets-focused Actis has invested $32m in the Asiri Group, a 604-bed private hospital group in Sri Lanka.

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