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16 February 2010

Tech VC Alberto Vilar sentenced to nine years for fraud

Amerindo co-founder Alberto Vilar has been handed a lengthy sentence for committing securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, according to reports. Ignoring pleas for a community service-only sentence, US district judge Richard Sullivan sentenced the 69-year-old philanthropist and technology investor to nine years in prison.

16 February 2010

Mid-market PE firm Stirling Square adds two executives

Pan-European mid-market private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners has augmented its team with the appointments of Gideon Glassman and Enrico Biale as executives.

16 February 2010

Rockefeller venture firm Venrock welcomes former Washington official

Venrock, a firm established as the venture arm of the Rockefeller family, has hired former Washington official Bruce Pasternack as an operating partner. In his role, Pasternack will support companies in the firm’s energy portfolio and provide alignment with US governmental energy policy.

12 February 2010

Mid-market PE firm Silverfleet strengthens German team

European mid-market private equity investor Silverfleet Capital has strengthened its German team with the hire of a new investment executive, Falko Westphalen. The addition comes six months after the firm made the first deal from its latest, €665m fund, acquiring Kalle, a German artificial sausage casings manufacturer.

10 February 2010

Apollo’s Leon Black does not see mega-deals returning

Banks are becoming more relaxed about lending for buy-outs but mega-deals of the boom are unlikely to return, Reuters reports Apollo Management founder Leon Black as saying.

10 February 2010

General Atlantic appoints senior adviser for Europe

Growth equity firm General Atlantic has hired Mike McTighe, the chairman of Pace, Volex Group and WYG Group, as a special adviser. McTighe will provide strategic counsel to the firm and its portfolio companies, with a focus on Europe.

10 February 2010

Blackstone bolsters German team to take advantage of opportunities

Blackstone, the private equity industry’s biggest player, has brought Dr Axel Herberg into its European operations as a senior managing director to head its operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as it sees opportunities in the region.

9 February 2010

FSA chief executive Hector Sants resigns

The chief executive of the Financial Services Authority has resigned, as the future of the UK regulatory body hangs in the balance. Hector Sants announced today that he will leave the organisation in summer 2010 after three years as CEO.

9 February 2010

Accel Partners India gains principal

Anand Daniel, previously of Boston-based venture capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners, has left the US to return to India. He is now with Accel Partners as a principal, according to reports.

8 February 2010

Matrix Private Equity Partners expands team with new investment manager

Small London-based buy-out specialist Matrix Private Equity Partners has expanded its team with the appointment of Christopher Price, who joins the firm from Foresight Group as an investment manager.

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