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1 May 2012

Brazil turnaround firm Laep leads consortium bidding for power company Celpa

Brazilian-focused private equity firm Laep looks set to head a consortium of local and international investors in buying out the country’s debt-riddled power distributor Celpa.

1 May 2012

Castlight Health closes $100m Series D round

plaster_sq Castlight Health, a company that aims to bring more transparency to the costs of medical procedures, has closed $100m in Series D financing in one of the largest fundraising rounds on record for a health-related software business.

1 May 2012

Milestone Capital nets 6x return from Cadum sale to L’Oreal

bubbles-2_sq Anglo-French private equity firm Milestone Capital Partners has made around six times its initial investment in soap and baby product maker Cadum International after selling the business to L’Oreal, the world’s largest beauty group.

1 May 2012

Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi appointed to UN’s highest level advisory board

arif naqvi abraaj capital chief executive founder The founder of Abraaj Capital, the Middle East’s largest private equity firm, has been appointed to the board of the United Nations’ highest level advisory body by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

1 May 2012

Golden Gate consortium ties up shoe retailer Collective Brands deal for $1.32bn

A consortium including private equity firm Golden Gate has agreed a $1.32bn deal for footwear and accessories company Collective Brands.

1 May 2012

Centerbridge takes bite into Asian restaurant market with $1.1bn PF Chang’s buy

chinese-food-dim-sum-chopstick New York-based private equity firm Centerbridge Partners has taken Asian restaurant chain PF Chang’s China Bistro private in a $1.1bn deal.

1 May 2012

UK government confirms Actis stake sale, stands to net taxpayer £60m $

news_sale3_lrg UK taxpayers stand to rake in more than £60m after the Government confirmed the sale of its remaining 40 per cent stake in Actis Capital this afternoon.

1 May 2012

Lion Capital ends up leading the pack by agreeing Alain Afflelou purchase

news_glasses_lrg Private equity firm Lion Capital has agreed a deal to buy a majority stake in French eyewear company Alain Afflelou from rival firm Bridgepoint.

1 May 2012

VC-backed wind energy company files for insolvency

German VC-backed wind energy company PowerWind said it will undertake corporate restructuring after filing for insolvency.

1 May 2012

Hony Capital, TPG to chop Elpida’s Hiroshama plant if picked as winning bid

chip-board5_lrg China’s Hony Capital is planning to sell or outsource Elpida Memory’s Hiroshima-based memory plant if the consortium it is leading is chosen to buy the ailing business.

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