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13 August 2012

WL Ross buys up Navigator shares from Lehman Brothers

news_sinkingship.lrg_ US private equity firm WL Ross & Co has agreed to purchase 4.4 million shares of Navigator Holdings owned by Lehman Brothers for $110m.

10 August 2012

Healthcare-focused Linden Capital takes on Mark Sullivan as principal

Linden Capital Partners, a US mid-market buyout house focused on the healthcare sector, has hired Mark Sullivan as a principal focusing on human capital initiatives.

10 August 2012

Greylock takes on Mozilla engineer Mike Hanson as EIR

lightbulb_lrg Greylock Partners has hired Mozilla engineer Mike Hanson as an entrepreneur in residence, the Silicon Valley venture capital heavyweight said in a blog post.

10 August 2012

Cinven, Permira tussle with Liberty Global for Multimedia Polska

warsaw_lrg Cinven and Permira are reported to have been shortlisted for a second round of bids for Multimedia Polska, Poland’s third-largest cable company, in a deal that is said to be valued at about €800m.

10 August 2012

Riverstone’s Raven to buy Exelon coal-fired power plants

news_thermal_plant_lrg Riverstone portfolio company Raven Power Holdings has agreed to buy a clutch of coal-fired power plants from Exelon, the largest operator of nuclear plants in the US, for about $400m.

10 August 2012

MENA’s venture industry grows despite region’s macro challenges $

While the Middle East and North Africa’s VC industry is still in the early phases of development, the rise in activity reflects increased optimism for the region, as venture capital activity in MENA increased by 28 per cent in 2011.

10 August 2012

Investors eager to maintain vintage year diversification for 2012 $

Investors continue to have the capacity to commit to private equity, though many LPs are mindful they need to maintain a vintage year diversification, and will be keen to avoid over-concentration in 2012

10 August 2012

Hugo Boss boosts SVG Capital earnings in first half

hugo-boss-office_sq SVG Capital, the FTSE 250- listed feeder fund of European buyout firm Permira, posted an increase in the value of its assets on the back of resilient earnings growth across its portfolio companies, particularly at Hugo Boss, its largest investment.

10 August 2012

LPs wary of adding to dry powder in “over capitalised” buyout space $

Far from there being a shortage of institutional investment in the global private equity industry, the level of capital is currently well balanced and appropriate for the opportunities and fund managers in the market, according to one LP.

10 August 2012

Standard Chartered PE arm invests in Craftsman Automation

engineering_lrg The private equity arm of wholesale banking giant Standard Chartered has bought an INR850m ($15m) minority stake in Craftsman Automation, an Indian maker of precision components for customers including General Electric and Tata Motors.

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