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4 May 2012

Sino European newcomer A Capital nets heavyweight backing for new fund $

China Investment Corp and the Belgian Federal Holding and Investment Company have invested in the first close of Sino European private equity newcomer A Capital’s debut fund, a vehicle that will invest in European businesses looking to increase their presence in China. Founder Andre Loesekrug-Pietri spoke to AltAssets about the new vehicle.

4 May 2012

BTG Pactual launches $1bn Africa private equity fund

Brazilian financial services giant BTG Pactual has launched a $1bn private equity fund to invest in Africa, making it the largest investment vehicle focused on the emerging continent and the biggest ever raised to invest outside of Brazil.

4 May 2012

AdInsight receives £1.6m from UK technology investor Eden Ventures

telephone-cable_sq UK call analytics company AdInsight has received £1.6m investment in its inaugural round of venture capital funding from technology investor Eden Ventures.

3 May 2012

Bright Food takes the Lion’s share of Weetabix for £1.2bn

Lion Capital, the consumer-focused buyout firm, has agreed to sell the majority of its stake in iconic British breakfast cereal company Weetabix to China’s Bright Food, representing the biggest ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese company in the food and beverage sector.

3 May 2012

French presidential frontrunner vilifies private equity industry

eiffel-tower-5_sq Francois Hollande, the Socialist candidate for the French presidency and the favourite to clinch this week’s election, has denounced private equity firms that “swoop to take the substance of a company and then sell it on” and called for new laws to ban leveraged buyouts in France.

3 May 2012

Carlyle IPO receives tepid enthusiasm from investors

stocks_lrg Carlyle raised a less than impressive $671m from its initial public offering on the Nasdaq bourse on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of other publically traded asset managers that have received tepid enthusiasm from investors in recent years.

3 May 2012

Advent International hits below-par IRR with Stokomani sale $

exit-sign_sq Advent International is believed to have made an internal rate of return of about 12.7 per cent by selling French discount wholesaler Stokomani to investment fund Sagard.

3 May 2012

Silicon valley media publisher Zimbio adds $8.9m through Series B

question-online Zimbio, the parent company of the entertainment website and fashion and beauty website, has raised $8.9m in a Series B funding.

3 May 2012

HgCapital acquires Germany-based Qundis Group

European private equity firm HgCapital has acquired German submetering company Qundis Group, from financial investor Capcellence.

3 May 2012

Nordic Capital-led consortium exits Fougera for $1.5bn

A private equity consortium led by Nordic Capital, and including DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and Avista Capital Partners, has sold Fougera Pharmaceuticals for $1.525bn.

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