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29 June 2012

Artis Ventures leads $34m round for Practice Fusion

Web-based healthcare community Practice Fusion, has sealed a $34m Series C round of financing led by Artis Ventures, with participation from long-time investors Felicis Ventures and Band of Angels.

28 June 2012

Intel leads €20m round for Swedish touch screen tech company FlatFrog

frog_lrg The venture capital arm of semiconductor chip making giant Intel has led a €20m funding round for FlatFrog Laboratories, a Swedish developer of touchscreen technologies.

28 June 2012

Bahrain’s Investcorp Bank obtains $500m loan

bahrain-2_sq Bahraini private equity firm Investcorp has obtained a forward-start loan of around $500m from 12 international banks, local newspaper Alwasat reported on Thursday.

28 June 2012

Venture heavyweight IVP closes fourteenth fund on $1bn

Venture capital heavyweight Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) has closed its fourteenth fund on $1bn, marking the largest investment vehicle raised in the firm’s 32-year history and bringing its cumulative committed capital to $4bn.

28 June 2012

Procuritas hits €200m close for fifth buyout fund $

Fresh from nailing a nine-times multiple from its most recent exit, Procuritas has wrapped up its fifth buyout fund, an oversubscibed €200m vehicle the Nordic firm hopes will follow in the footsteps of its hugely successful third fund, two people with knowledge of the matter told AltAssets.

28 June 2012

Latin America “welcoming of outside investment” $

Aside from local difficulties emerging from the region's emerging economies, Latin America is increasingly offering a welcoming environment to overseas investors.

28 June 2012

Venture capital increasingly a global game for investors $

The shakeout in the venture capital looks set to continue as Western firms head overseas and markets tighten.

28 June 2012

Sequoia makes largest India investment to date with Just Dial deal

Sequoia Capital and SAP Ventures have raised INR3.27bn ($57m) for Indian search engine Just Dial, marking Sequoia’s largest investment in an Indian business to date and the company’s biggest funding tranche so far.

28 June 2012

Mercer names Aled Jones head of responsible investment for EMEA

mercer_aled_jones_sml Investment services group Mercer has appointed Aled Jones as head of responsible investment (RI) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

28 June 2012

Investindustrial wraps up second fund with Contenur exit

Investindustrial has sold Contenur, a Spanish maker of plastic urban dustbins, to Miura Private Equity and Demeter Partners of France, in a deal that will seal the investment programme of the Italian private equity firm’s 2000 vintage fund.

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