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2 April 2013

KKR eyes up L Capital’s Groupe SMCP

Private equity firm KKR is reportedly in exclusive talks to invest in French fashion group SMCP.

2 April 2013

Blackstone-backed mortgage business Ellington files for $100m IPO

mortgage_lrg Blackstone-backed Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has filed to raise up to $100m by listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

2 April 2013

eBay leads $50m round for India’s Snapdeal

E-commerce group eBay has reportedly led a $50m Series C round for Indian online marketplace Snapdeal after beating out rival Amazon.

2 April 2013

Japan’s Phoenix Capital exits audiovisual developer TEAC to Gibson Guitars

Japanese investment group Phoenix Capital has agreed to sell its stake in audiovisual company TEAC to Gibson Guitar for $52m.

2 April 2013

Oaktree, TPG-backed Taylor Morrison could collect $600m from IPO $

building site construction Private equity-backed house builder Taylor Morrison could raise more than $600m through its impending IPO if shares sell at the $22 top-end of its price range. The company, which is joint-owned by Oaktree Capital Management and TPG Capital, plans to sell more than 23.8 million shares for between $20 and $22 each, and could part[...]

2 April 2013

ECI Partners buys stake in UK rail tour operator Amber Travel

UK mid-market private equity firm ECI Partners has taken a majority stake in premium rail travel company Amber Travel.

2 April 2013

Swiss private equity firm CGS smashes target for €171m third fund

Swiss private equity firm CGS has closed its third fund, CGS III, on CHF208m (€171m), exceeding its CHF180m hard cap.

2 April 2013 gets further $8m from Norwest Venture Partners

india2_lrg Indian online retailer has received a further $8m from existing backer Norwest Venture Partners, taking its fundraising total to $13m.

2 April 2013

4Di Capital invests in African accelerator to boost deal pipeline $

African seed accelerator 88mph has received an investment from 4Di Capital - boosting the deal pipeline for venture capital firms operating on the continent.

2 April 2013

Cerberus steps up sale of Sandy Hook gunmaker Bushmaster

bushmaster_ar15-m4 Distressed asset investor Cerberus is reportedly ramping up the sale process for gunmaker Freedom Group, the maker of the Bushmaster assault rifle used to kill 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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