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5 September 2012

Palamon Capital makes 3.4x return on exit of Sweden’s Espresso House

coffee-beans_­sq European mid-market firm Palamon Capital Partners has sold Swedish coffee chain Espresso House to Norwegian private equity firm Herkules.

5 September 2012

Promus Equity Partners forms acquisition vehicle Associated Steel Group

Chicago private equity firm Promus Equity Partners has established Associated Steel Group alongside industry veteran Jon Vesely, for the purpose of acquiring companies in the metal building industry.

4 September 2012

Guggenheim heads media consortium in $370m Dick Clark Productions deal

ryan-seacrest-2 A consortium including private equity firm Guggenheim Partners has bought Dick Clark Productions in a $370m deal.

4 September 2012

San Francisco Equity Partners sells Method to Ecover

method-soap_sq San Francisco Equity Partners, a US private equity firm focused on mid-market consumer growth businesses, has sold eco-friendly household and personal care product maker Method to European strategic trade buyer Ecover.

4 September 2012

Online video network creator Bedrocket gets $15m NEA financing

Venture giant New Enterprise Associates has invested $15m in online media company Bedrocket in order to grow the business.

4 September 2012

Darby completes ProBanco fund divestment with Grupo Financiero Improsa sale

news_exit_sign_lrg Franklin Templeton Investments’ private equity arm has realised its last investment from its 1998 ProBanco Fund by selling Costa Rican financial institution Grupo Financiero Improsa.

4 September 2012

OMERS, NEA seal biggest VC investment in Canadian software, with Desire2Learn deal

The venture arm of pension fund giant OMERS has helped close the largest-ever venture investment in a Canadian software company by backing an $80m financing round for Desire2Learn.

4 September 2012

Court Square sells debt-heavy SGS to Onex in $813m deal $

Court Square Capital Partners has sold packaging graphics provider SGS International to Onex for $813m following record sales by the company in the last quarter.

4 September 2012

OpenGate buys into inflatable boat inventor Zodiac, Carlyle exits

Zodiac-marine OpenGate Capital has agreed to buy French inflatable boat inventor Zodiac Recreational from parent Zodiac Marine & Pool, a Carlyle Group portfolio company.

4 September 2012

NVM Private Equity backs £7.5m Silverwing Group MBO

silverwing_sq British private equity firm NVM has backed the £7.5m management buyout of Silverwing Group, a maker of inspection products for the petrochemical industry.

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