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8 May 2012

China fund ruling marks setback for foreign private equity firms

China's top economic-planning agency has said that all capital in a renminbi-denominated investment fund must be sourced from local Chinese investors or will be treated as foreign, marking a severe setback for foreign private equity funds.

8 May 2012

UK’s SportPursuit raises $2.3m Series A from DFJ Esprit, business angels

UK sports sales business has closed it a Series A round of funding on $2.3m, led by European venture capital firm DFJ Esprit.

8 May 2012

HgCapital puts Mercury Pharma on the block

European mid-market private equity firm HgCapital has put its stake in generic drug maker Mercury Pharma up for sale less than two and a half years after its initial buyout.

8 May 2012

Israel’s volatile private equity sector slumps in 2012 $

The first quarter of 2012 proved to be the weakest period for the Israeli private equity industry in two years.

8 May 2012

3i in talks with Ferrovial to sell Enterprise

London listed private equity firm 3i is understood to be in advanced talks with Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial over the sale of its stake in Enterprise, the cleaning and maintenance business that counts Westminster city council as a customer.

8 May 2012

EIF’s European Angels Fund makes first investment in Germany’s Fotografen-Service

The European Angels Fund has begun operation in Germany, and has made its first investment into emerging SaaS company Fotografen-Service.

8 May 2012

CVC’s Mantra hotel sale attracts bids from Archer, CHAMP

CVC’s sale of Mantra Hotels has attracted interest from Aussie private equity firms Archer Capital and CHAMP, an A$520m exit that comes ahead of the buyout major’s imminent withdrawal from Australia following crippling losses from its investment in debt-stricken broadcast giant Nine Entertainment.

7 May 2012

San Diego biopharma Celladon adds MPM Capital, LSP Life Sciences to hit $53m

Celladon, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cardiovascular diseases, has held a second close of its recent venture financing, raising $53m from investors including MPM Capital and LSP Life Sciences Partners.

7 May 2012

Al Gore’s Generation leads $18m round for green lighting company TerraLUX

light_lrg Colorado, US-based energy efficient lighting company TerraLUX has closed $18.3m in venture funding with Generation Investment Management leading the round.

7 May 2012

Temasek, RJJ Capital commit $468m in Texas energy company Cheniere

Singapore sovereign wealth investor Temasek and private equity firm RRJ Capital are to invest $468m in Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy.

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