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5 February 2013

Union Square Ventures joins Richard Branson to back Hailo taxi app

Early Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr-backer Union Square Ventures has taken part in a $30.6m investment in taxi-ordering app Hailo alongside Virgin founder Richard Branson.

5 February 2013

Dell agrees to $24.4bn take-private deal

Dell laptop US technology giant Dell has reached a $24.4bn deal to sell itself to a consortium led by founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake, marking the largest leveraged buyout since the onset of the global financial crisis.

5 February 2013

Bull City Venture Partners eyes $25m for new tech vehicle

North Carolina-headquartered venture capital firm Bull City Venture Partners is targeting $25m for its Bull City Venture Partners Fund III, according to a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The document indicates that the vehicle has not secured any commitments to date. The firm typically invests in early stage as well as[...]

5 February 2013

First time financings slip amidst capital scarcity $

First-time financings in US companie fell both in terms of dollars and deals from the prior year, declining to $4.1bn going into 1,163 companies, a 24 per cent decrease in dollars and an 11 percent decrease in deals.

5 February 2013

Corporate venture giants need to “turn on the taxi light” $

Julie Meyer Ariadne Capital The rapid expansion of corporate venture capital to embrace new industries has led to an increasing need for the big beasts of the industry to engage in proper dialogue with prospective entrepreneurial partners.

5 February 2013

More competition for PE as confidence surges in public markets $

Private equity firms are facing an increasingly competitive environment for deals following a resurgence of investor confidence in public markets in the closing months of last year, according to research from professional services firm BDO.

5 February 2013

Ignition scales back fundraising ambitions for fifth venture fund $

Ignition Venture Partners, the Bellevue, Washington-based firm co-founded by former Microsoft Windows veteran Brad Silverberg, has scaled back its fundraising ambitions for its fifth venture capital fund.

5 February 2013

Warburg-backed Premier Foods loses second senior exec in a week

Geoff Eaton Premier Foods Geoff Eaton Premier FoodsWarburg Pincus-backed Premier Foods has lost its second executive in a week after new CEO Gavin Darby axed the UK company’s chief operating officer role.

5 February 2013

Baring PE Asia nets $64m from sale of Airtac International

Airtac International Baring Private Equity Asia has reportedly sold its last shares in Taiwanese industrial component maker Airtac International for $64m.

5 February 2013

Highland Capital bolsters credit team with two new hires

Highland Capital Management has bolstered its team with the addition of Andrea Lloyd and Scott Baker, who will serve as credit trader and director at the Dallas-based credit manager respectively.

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