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6 February 2013

Madrona Venture Group unveils ex-Microsoft exec as new venture partner

Venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group has hired former Microsoft executive Ted Kummert as a venture partner.

6 February 2013

Samsung expands start-up focus with new Silicon Valley seed fund

growth-seedling_sq South Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched a Silicon Valley seed-fund that will secure it a closer alignment to early-stage start-ups, working alongside its established corporate venturing arm.

6 February 2013

Investor consortium scores partial exit with NXP Semiconductors share sale

Nasdaq-listed NXP Semiconductors’ private equity backers have sold 30,000,000 shares as part of a secondary offering.

6 February 2013

Ingenious launches two live events-focused fundraisings

music-festival5_sq Ingenious, the London-based media and entertainment-focused investment and advisory firm, has launched two fundraising initiatives aimed at investing up to £30m in the live events market.

6 February 2013

Rantum Capital launches to target Germany’s Mittelstand

Asset management firm Rantum Capital has launched its first fund, Mittelstand Capital I, which will focus on German SMEs.

6 February 2013

Aurora Capital exits drinks gas supplier NuCO2 in $1.1bn deal

NuCO2 Aurora Capital has sold carbonated drinks gas supplier NuCO2 to Praxair for $1.1bn - more than double the company’s enterprise value when the Los Angeles-based private equity firm first invested in the business four years ago.

6 February 2013

Oaktree, Patron Capital line up for Countryside Properties

counprop_sq Oaktree Capital Management and Patron Capital are reportedly among bidders vying for control of Lloyds Bank-backed Countryside Properties, one of the UK’s largest privately-held housebuilders.

6 February 2013

Albion Ventures invests £2m in healthcare SaaS company MyMeds&Me

UK venture capital investor Albion Ventures has invested up to £2m in healthcare software company MyMeds&Me.

6 February 2013

Russia’s IMI.VC backs mobile gaming company Game Insight

Social and mobile gaming company Game Insight has reportedly raised $25m in venture capital in a deal which values the Russia-based company at around $550m.

6 February 2013

Asia Growth Capital, HarbourVest buy Credit Suisse Asia portfolio

Asia Growth Capital, the firm which spun out of Credit Suisse’s private equity arm in 2010, has returned to its former business to pick up a portfolio of Asian investments.

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