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16 April 2015

Viola will do ‘less advertising tech’ in just-closed Fund II $

israel Israel-focused growth equity firm Viola Private Equity has shut off its second fund on target at $250m and will continue to focus on many of its traditional sectors but is no longer so keen on advertising technology companies.

16 April 2015

Affinity to buy Australia’s ticketing business Nine Live for $496m

australia flag Affinity Equity Partners has reportedly agreed to buy Australia-based live events and ticketing business Nine Live for an enterprise valuation of A$640m ($496m).

16 April 2015

Thomas H Lee-backed Party City prices IPO to hit $1.97bn valuation

party streamers Thomas H Lee Partners-backed party products seller Party City has priced its upcoming IPO to give it a valuation of about $1.97bn.

16 April 2015

Lindsay Goldberg nears €500m deal for ThyssenKrupp’s alloys company VDM

euros payments Private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg Vogel is reportedly edging closer to buying the loss-making alloys unit VDM from German multinational ThyssenKrupp.

16 April 2015

Former Gresham partners launch Beech Tree

beech-tree-forest-in-autumn-1405900-m Former Gresham Private Equity partners Andy Marsh and Paul Franks have launched a new firm called Beech Tree Private Equity, AltAssets understands.

15 April 2015

Abraaj appoints Lawati to partner

africa-tanzania_sq Emerging markets private equity firm The Abraaj Group has appointed Huda al-Lawati as head of MENA investment.

15 April 2015

Index leads $30m round in IT security company Skyport

security-camera-340859-m Index Ventures have led a $30m Series B financing round in cyber security company Skyport Systems.

15 April 2015

Levine Leichtman taps Fund V, buys facial spa brand Hand and Stone

foot-massage-1254995-m Los Angeles-based Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has acquired massage and facial spa operator Hand and Stone Franchise Corp in partnership with the management of the company.

15 April 2015

Fund managers’ salaries already in Hillary Clinton’s sights as campaign rolls out

dollar capital cash money pic Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is said to have zoned in on the lower tax rate paid by fund managers at the first stop of her campaign rollout in Iowa this week.

15 April 2015

Main Line adds Doug Hart as operating partner

boardroom 2 US private equity firm Main Line Equity Partners has appointed Doug Hart as an operating partner.

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