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2 July 2012

RCP Advisors nears halfway point for latest $250m fund of funds

chicago Chicago-based private equity firm RCP Advisors has raised more than $112m towards its $250m-targeting fund of funds, according to a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

2 July 2012

Blackstone breaks $12bn barrier for seventh real estate fund

real-estate2_lrgjpg Global buyout giant Blackstone Group is believed to have hit the $12bn mark for its latest real estate fund, leaving it less than $1bn to go to reach its $13bn target.

2 July 2012

Bain in exclusive talks to buy Italian auto distributor Rhiag

Global buyout firm Bain Capital is said to be in exclusive talks to buy Italian auto part distributor Rhiag from Alpha Associes, in a sale that could fetch more than €500m.

2 July 2012

Quilvest takes cornerstone stake in watch component maker Acrotec

acrotec_170sq Family-owned Quilvest Group has become a cornerstone shareholder in watch component manufacturer Acrotec, with an investment of $31.6m.

2 July 2012

David Jones shares slump as EBPE pulls $1.7bn take-private offer

Shares in Australia’s second biggest department store chain David Jones slumped on Monday after little-known UK and Luxembourg buyout firm EB Private Equity withdrew its A$1.65bn ($1.7bn) take-private offer.

2 July 2012

Former Stepstone exec Blair Jacobson joins Ares Management

Blair_jacobson_sq.jpg Blair Jacobson, the former head of private equity advisor StepStone’s European operations, has joined Ares Management to co-lead its private debt unit’s deal origination efforts in the UK.

2 July 2012

Pamplona lines up for Dr Martens

dr-martens_sq Pamplona Capital Management, the private equity firm backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s Alfa Group, has entered the fray to buy iconic British bootmaker Dr Martens.

2 July 2012

UK’s BGF invests £4.2m in fancy dress company AFG Media

morph_afg_170sq UK SME investor Business Growth Fund has invested a £4.2m investment in fancy dress company AFG Media.

2 July 2012

CHAMP Ventures closes Australasia-focused mid-market fund on A$475m

Australian lower mid-market firm CHAMP Ventures has closed its seventh fund on A$475m, exceeding its hard cap of A$450m.

29 June 2012

Flagship Ventures hires sustainable business specialist Greg Horn as a venture partner

flagship_horn_170sq Flagship Ventures, a venture capital focused on healthcare and sustainability, has added former GNC CEO Greg Horn as a venture partner.


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