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5 February 2013

VSS takes minority stake in Hollywood payroll specialist Cast & Crew

photo-filmsq_lrg Global private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson has bought a minority stake in Hollywood payroll specialist Cast & Crew in conjunction with the acquisition of the company by ZM Capital, the private equity arm of New York media firm ZelnickMedia.

5 February 2013

Australia’s Advent reaps 2.5x return from sale of Locker Group

locker_sq Advent Private Capital has reaped a 2.5-times return from the sale of perforated metal manufacturer Locker Group, representing the Melbourne-based buyout firm’s third successful exit in six months.

5 February 2013

Osage Venture Partners closes Fund III above $60m target

Robert Adelson Osage Venture Partners Osage Venture Partners has beaten its $60m target for its third enterprise software-focused fund by holding a $66m final close for the vehicle.

5 February 2013

FTV Capital, Cathay Capital Private Equity in $36m eBaoTech investment

US-based growth equity firm FTV Capital has led a $36m investment in China-headquartered insurance software provider eBaoTech.

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.

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