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10 April 2012

Consumer-focused Piper invests in UK café-bar chain Lounge

Consumer-focused UK private equity firm Piper has taken a "significant minority stake" in Loungers, the operator behind café-bar chain Lounge.

10 April 2012

Food, agri investor Arlon takes stake in Imperial Sugar’s Wholesome Sweeteners

news_sugar_lrg Food and agriculture investor Arlon has acquired a 50 per cent interest in Imperial Sugar Company’s Wholesome Sweeteners division for $60.4m in cash.

9 April 2012

Middle East M&A deal flow to rise in 2012 amid limited growth options $

Merger and acquisition deal flow in the Middle East is set to improve this year amid limited opportunities to grow companies.

9 April 2012

North Bridge appoints Facebook technical opps exec Jonathan Heiliger

Multi-stage venture capital firm North Bridge Venture Partners has hired former Facebook vice president of technical operations Jonathan Heiliger as a general partner. He will be based in North Bridge’s Silicon Valley office, expanding the firm’s West Coast presence, the firm said.

9 April 2012

Bulk of US IPOs received PE, VC backing $

The vast majority of US IPOs in the first quarter of 2012 were backed by financial sponsors, benefitting from resurgent private equity and venture capital investment.

9 April 2012

Apollo Investment Corporation, Madison Capital partner for senior loan fund

Apollo Investment Corporation has become the anchor equity investor in a loan vehicle managed by Madison Capital, one of the largest mid-market loan originators in the US, and an affiliate of New York Life Investments.

9 April 2012

Private equity-backed buyout value sinks to two-year low

There were 669 private equity-backed buyout deals in Q1 2012, valued at an aggregate $46.3bn – a 20 per cent decrease in deal value from the previous quarter, and the lowest level of buyout activity by value in two years.

9 April 2012

New Canaan targets $350m for renewable energy projects $

US-based New Canaan Capital Management is targeting $350m for its new green fund which will focus on waste-to-energy and biomass opportunities.

5 April 2012

British venture industry set for European state aid shake-up $

European state aid provisions are set to force UK lawmakers to impose limits on the amount that small and medium-sized businesses can receive through venture capital trusts, a move that threatens to hit traditional VCT managers hardest and further restrict the amount of funding available to British SMEs.

5 April 2012

Pacific Equity Partners considering improved offer for Spotless

Australian buyout house Pacific Equity Partners could raise its offer for services company Spotless Group following a year of speculation about the company’s future.

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