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20 March 2012

Westsummit adds to mobile tech portfolio with Union Optech capture

Westsummit Capital has extended its exposure to mobile technology with an investment in Chinese optical lens provider Union Optech.

20 March 2012

Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz help seed ClearStory Data

Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz were among seed investors in big data exploration company ClearStory Data.

20 March 2012

Madison Dearborn buys Onex, CPPIB-owned Schrader for $505m

Madison Dearborn Partners has bought Schrader, the tyre pressure monitoring systems division of Tomkins, for $505m.

20 March 2012

Goldman takes the wheel for CVC’s Formula One IPO

f1_lrg London-based private equity heavyweight CVC Capital Partners has appointed Goldman Sachs to explore IPO-related sale options for its investment in Formula One.

20 March 2012

Barclays spin-off Equistone clinches Audley Travelp

Equistone Partners Europe, the London-based lower mid-market private equity firm that spun out from UK banking giant Barclays last year, has bought a stake in bespoke luxury holiday company Audley Travel.

19 March 2012

Russia’s Quadro Capital invests in online brokerage Forex Club

moscow-7_sq Moscow-based private equity firm Quadro Capital Partners has bought a minority equity stake in Forex Club, an online brokerage company that provides access to instruments for clients looking to trade FX, commodities and equities.

19 March 2012

Abraaj looks to exits of others for beginning of Indian push

The Middle East’s biggest private equity firm is eyeing up India as the source of its next few deals, it is understood.

19 March 2012

Argentinian biofuel company Keclon nets seed capital

argentina_lrg Argentina-based biodiesel technology developer Keclon has completed its seed financing round.

19 March 2012

Insight Equity Holdings buys Flanders Corporation for $192m

air-filter Insight Equity Holdings has bought Flanders, one of the largest manufacturers of air filtration systems in North America, for $192m.

19 March 2012

NXT loans American Capital $46m to recapitalise Lifoam

NXT Capital has provided a $46m senior secured loan for American Capital’s recapitalisation of polystyrene and refrigerant manufacturer Lifoam Industries.

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