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8 February 2013

EFH hires Kirkland & Ellis, Blackstone for potential restructuring

Energy Future Holdings, the Dallas-based utility whose $45bn takeover at the height of the buyout boom stands as the world’s largest private equity takeovers, has reportedly hired advisors to lay the foundations for a potential restructuring.

8 February 2013

Cobepa takes majority stake in risk prevention group Socotec

Investment firm Cobepa has bought a majority interest in French risk management and performance enhancement services provider Socotec from the Five Arrows Principal Investments and Qualium Investissement.

8 February 2013

France’s Salvepar exits three investments, nets €23.9m

Listed investment firm Salvepar has completed exits for three of its portfolio companies, realising nearly €24m.

8 February 2013

French cleantech start-up Leosphere raises €21m

French cleantech start-up Leosphere has closed a €21m funding round.

8 February 2013

Ambienta considers exit for green utility ICQ Holding

European private equity firm Ambienta, which has just embarked on raising a €300m second vehicle, is reportedly planning to sell its stake in green utility ICQ Holding.

8 February 2013

Marguerite, Industriens Pension, PKA invest in German wind farm

Renewable infrastructure investor Marguerite Fund has acquired the majority of a 288MW German offshore wind project from enewable energy developer wpd.

8 February 2013

Creador picks up 9.9% Repco Home Finance stake

Asia-focused private equity firm Creador has sealed its second deal in two weeks by picking up a 9.9 per cent stake in Repco Home Finance for INR730m ($13.7m).

8 February 2013

Paine & Partners backs Costa Group’s deal for Adelaide Mushrooms

Private equity firm Paine & Partners has backed Australian food group Costa in its acquisition of Adelaide Mushrooms.

8 February 2013

Intel Capital invests in IT group Big Switch Networks

Corporate venture capital firm Intel Capital has led a Series B funding of IT group Big Switch Networks, which has now raised more than $45m from investors including Goldman Sachs, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.

8 February 2013

CLSA Japan exits Everlife in $285m deal

Everlife Japan CLSA Japan, a private equity unit of Crédit Agricole, has sold Japanese cosmetics and health products maker Everlife to a Korean strategic buyer in a $285m deal.

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