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8 August 2012

Bain-backed Outback Steakhouse operator scales back IPO

steak-grill Bain Capital-controlled restaurant operator Bloomin’ Brands has reduced the number of shares for sale in its IPO after raising just half of an anticipated $345m, it is understood.

8 August 2012

Alta Equity Partners acquires workplace giving company Truist

charity_170sq US lower mid-market firm Alta Equity Partners has bought Truist, a software and service provider focused on corporate philanthropic giving.

8 August 2012

PLUMgrid seals $10.7m from Hummer Winblad, US Venture Partners

Network infrastructure developer PLUMgrid has secured $10.7m in Series A Funding from software-focused venture capital firm Hummer Winblad and US Venture Partners.

8 August 2012

Asia Alternatives raises $1.5bn for funds of funds $

Fund of funds Asia Alternatives has raised over $1.5bn across several vehicles. The largest, Asia Alternatives Capital Partners III, closed above its $800m target on $908m.

7 August 2012

Rutland sells Breville kettle maker Pulse to Jardin Corp

Breville-kettle_sq UK mid-market turnaround specialist Rutland Partners has sold its stake in Pulse, the maker of the Breville kettle, to New York-listed home product conglomerate Jarden Corp.

7 August 2012

Emotion technology developer Affectiva nets KPCB, Horizons backing

smiley-face_sqjpg Horizons Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have backed a $12m Series C financing round for Affectiva, a maker of technology that measures the emotional connection people have with advertising and brands.

7 August 2012

Blackstone joint venture launches 288MW offshore wind farm

WindMW, a joint venture between private equity investor Blackstone and renewable energy developer Windland Energieerzeugungs, has commenced construction of a 288MW German offshore wind farm.

7 August 2012

‘Too good to be true’ FreeMonee seals $34m venture financing

Charles Ryan UFG Management - AltAssets Private Equity News Venture firms including Opus Capital and Redpoint have helped quadruple investment in a consumer gift incentive company whose results seem “too good to be true” according to its co-founder.

7 August 2012

Big buyouts help M&A deal value to 62 per cent monthly jump $

M&A deal value was up 62 per cent in July compared to the previous month as several big purchases helped drag up the average, according to new data.

7 August 2012

Vance Street exits plane parts maker Klune Industries

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Vance Street Capital has sold Klune Industries, a manufacturer of metal aerostructures, to NYSE-listed Precision Castparts.

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