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30 April 2012

Virgin sets sights on South American expansion thanks to $26.5m venture funding

ePlanet Capital portfolio company Virgin Mobile Latin America (VMLA) has picked up $26.5m of new equity funding as it sets its sights on Chilean expansion.

30 April 2012

Axcel puts Danish jeweller Georg Jensen on the block for £100m

jewellery-necklace-pearl Copenhagen-based private equity firm Axcel has put its majority stake in Danish upmarket jewellery business Georg Jenson on the block and is hoping to raise up to £100m from the sale, the Sunday Times reported over the weekend.

30 April 2012

Doughty Hanson to create Spanish hospital major

Doughty Hanson has agreed to buy 40 per cent of Grupo Hospitalario Quirón, a Spanish hospital operator that the London-based private equity firm plans to merge with its recently acquired stake in USP Hospitales to create one of Spain's largest private hospital groups.

30 April 2012

Palamon nets 1.5 times equity payout in £23m Cambridge Education recap

Palamon Capital Partners has paid itself 1.5 times its equity by through a £23m refinancing of its English language-tutoring portfolio company Cambridge Education Group (CEG).

30 April 2012

Arcapita exits window-maker Profine weeks after bankruptcy protection filing

Beleaguered Bahrain-based investment firm Arcapita has sold its stake in window profile manufacturer Profine to German buyout house Hidden Peak Capital.

30 April 2012

PwC to help 3i expand Hobbs ahead of planned £250m sale

Private equity firm 3i is on the lookout for a buyer for British women’s fashion designer Hobbs in a deal which could bring in up to £250m.

30 April 2012

Private equity exits of Dutch businesses surge in 2011 $

Private equity firms from the Netherlands and abroad sold a record amount of €2.5bn worth of investments in Dutch companies last year, signaling renewed confidence in the market.

30 April 2012

Qatar strengthens Barclays ties with £153m natural resources investment

Qatar’s sovereign wealth arm has signed a £153m co-investment deal with Barclays Natural Resources Investments (BNRI) in a move which strengthens the existing relationship between the partners.

30 April 2012

Coller Capital banks over $4bn in surprise turnaround for sixth fund $

Coller Capital has banked more than $4bn for its sixth fund and extended the deadline for its final close in anticipation of hitting its $5bn target, despite a sluggish start that saw the firm secure less than a quarter of its goal after more than a year on the road.

30 April 2012

ADIA, 3i arm in $1bn bid for Manchester Airports stake

plane-airport Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and 3i Infrastructure will be battling with Asia’s richest man for the chance to buy a 50 per cent stake in Manchester Airports Group.


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