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11 October 2012

France’s private equity industry still reeling from euro crisis $

France’s private equity industry has seen fundraising and deal activity adversely affected by both the current crisis and firms' wait-and-see attitude witnessed in the run-up to the presidential election.

11 October 2012

Standard Chartered PE announces second India deal of the week

prime-focus_sq The private equity arm of Standard Chartered has agreed to invest $35m in listed Indian visual entertainment services company Prime Focus, representing the banking giant's second India deal to be announced this week.

11 October 2012

KKR, Permira-backed ProSiebenSat1 eyes €1.4bn Nordic unit sale

satellite-dishsq_lrg A trio of buyout houses are reported to be considering bids for the Scandinavian arm of European media group ProSiebenSat1.

11 October 2012

North West Fund invests in Austin Healey-backed LabelSneak

Labelsneak2_sq The North West Fund for Venture Capital, a state-backed vehicle managed by Enterprise Ventures, has made a £525,000 investment in an online men’s fashion business backed by former rugby union player Austin Healey.

11 October 2012

Bain, Apollo in final round for McGraw-Hill education arm

Bain Capital and Apollo Global Management are reported to be among competitors making final bids for the education unit of McGraw-Hill Companies, which could cost $3bn.

11 October 2012

Baring ups stake in gold loan company Manappuram Finance

gold5_lrg Baring Private Equity Asia has increased its stake in Manappuram Finance, the gold loan company that is also backed by global growth investor Sequoia Capital.

11 October 2012

Education-focused Kaizen leads $4.6m round for Ace Creative

India’s first education-focused private equity firm Kaizen has led a $4.6m financing round for exam training company Ace Creative Learning.

11 October 2012

WCAS Fraser Sullivan co-founder dies in helicopter crash

tighe_sullivan_sq The co-founder of WCAS Fraser Sullivan Investment Management, the New York-based debt manager backed by buyout house Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, has died in a helicopter crash in Pennsylvania while returning from a golf trip.

11 October 2012

Private equity giants accused of collusion during buyout boom

Top executives at some of the world’s biggest private equity firms have been accused of collusion during some of the largest leveraged buyout deals in history, newly released court filings have shown.

11 October 2012

Discovery Metals shuns Cathay Fortune takeover bid

Discovery Metals, the Australian miner focused on copper exploration in Botswana, has rejected an A$824m ($847m) takeover bid from Cathay Fortune Corp and state-backed China-Africa Development Fund, but said it remains open to a higher offer.

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