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23 March 2012

Former Alibaba president backs Chinese internet company Allyesp

Chinese entrepreneur and former Alibaba president David Wei has made an investment in internet marketing business Allyes Group, alongside venture capital firm Silver Lake.

23 March 2012

Havenvest Partners seals MBO of HSBC Private Equity Middle Eastp

dubai-5_sq HSBC has spun out of HSBC Private Equity Middle East, its last remaining private equity fund management arm, through a management buy-out that will see the unit rebranded as Havenvest Partners.

23 March 2012

Audax Group backs second DI bolt-on

Audax-backed Distribution International, has completed the acquisition of IDC Corporation a distributor of mechanical insulation, and fire safety products.

23 March 2012

H.I.G. Europe completes Brand Addition deal

H.I.G. Europe, the European arm of global private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, has acquired promotional merchandising group Brand Addition, in a management buy-out valued at £24m.

23 March 2012

US private equity investor Lubar invests in Houston oil services company Drilltec

Milwaukee, US investment firm Lubar & Co. has backed Houston-based oil services company Drilltec.

23 March 2012

Scotland-based Braveheart buys fund manager Neon Capital Partners

scotland-loch-ness_lrg Braveheart Investment Group has bought out British fund manager Neon Capital Partners from NF Holdings for £380,000 in a bid to grow the fee earning side of its business by increasing funds under management.

23 March 2012

LDC ramps up investment in the British travel industry

plane-interior_sq The private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group is said to be in talks with Airline Services, a Manchester-based provider of aircraft presentation and cabin interior services, over a possible takeover deal worth over £30m.

23 March 2012

Empire Investment exits MSI Surgical Solutions

US private equity firm Empire Investment Holdings has exited its investment in MSI Surgical Solutions to Synergy Health.

23 March 2012

Blackstone-backed Travelport still considering IPO

The boss of private equity-backed Travelport has said that an IPO still remains an option for the business, following a shelved London listing in that would have valued the reservation services company at around £1.2bn.

23 March 2012

Zynga buys social game developer OMGPOP for $200m

Venture-backed social gaming giant Zynga, the maker of Facebook hit Farmville, has bought New York-based social game developer OMGPOP for a reported value of around $200m.


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