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26 June 2012

Lightyear Capital clinches $335m FIS’ Healthcare Benefit Solutions arm

news_redcross_lrg Lightyear Capital, a New York-based buyout house that invests in the financial services space, has agreed to buy the healthcare benefit services arm of payment processor Fidelity National Information Services for $335m.

26 June 2012

Former Siemens Communications CEO Lothar Pauly joins Mobility Ventures

mobility_pauly_170sq German VC firm Mobility Ventures has appointed Lothar Pauly, a former CEO of Siemens Communications, Deutsche Telekom executive board member and CEO of T-Systems, as managing partner for Europe, based in Munich.

26 June 2012

Oil company Saudi Aramco to launch VC firm targeting drilling technology

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco is reportedly seeking to establish a corporate venture capital firm focused on drilling technologies.

26 June 2012

Wells Fargo picks up $6bn WestLB’s subscription finance portfolio

US financial services group Wells Fargo has agreed to acquire WestLB’s subscription finance portfolio, comprising approximately $6bn in commitments, with approximately $3bn outstanding.

26 June 2012

Private investment group Najafi to acquire struggling Cinram

Private investment firm Najafi has agreed to acquire multimedia company Cinram, including “substantially all” of Cinram’s assets and businesses in the US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany.

25 June 2012

Permira posts TMT exec to Hong Kong to bolster presence in Asia

robin-bell-jones-permira_sq European private equity major Permira has posted London partner Robin Bell-Jones to its Hong Kong office to lead its technology, media and telecoms sector in Asia.

25 June 2012

Investment returns slump for US institutions $

news_charitypot_lrg Investment returns for charities and foundations were slightly negative in 2011 after rising in the range of 12 percent in 2010 and 21 percent in 2009.

25 June 2012

TV Dragon slams private equity ownership

pahpitis_170sq UK retail mogul and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis has criticised the private equity owners of high street brand La Senza, following news of the company’s recent financial difficulties.

25 June 2012

Energy efficiency company Soladigm closes $55m in Series D financing

Energy efficient glass developer Soladigm has closed $55m in Series D financing, led by Reinet Investments, the investment arm of Swiss luxury goods business, and venture firm NanoDimension.

25 June 2012

FastPay secures further $25m funding from Wells Fargo, SF Capital

LA-headquartered digital media finance platform FastPay has secured an additional $25m in funding.

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