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6 March 2013

PE firms mull joint offer for Life Technologies

sale5_lrg A group of private equity firms including Blackstone are reportedly mulling a joint bid for biotech tools group Life Technologies, which currently has a market value of over $10bn.

6 March 2013

Shenzhen aims to encourage foreign investment into local private equity industry

Shenzhen’s municipal government has launched a new programme to encourage foreign investment in private equity funds.

6 March 2013

RLJ Equity Partners promotes VP Johnson to MD

johnson RLJ Equity Partners has strengthened its management team by promoting Jerry Johnson to managing director from vice president.

6 March 2013

Carlyle target Axminster Carpets slashes three-quarters of workforce

carpet Carlyle buyout target Axminster has shed three-quarters of its workforce after slumping into administration two weeks ago.

6 March 2013

Electra’s Allflex sale attracts scrum of private equity bidders

A who's who of private equity heavyweights including Bain Capital, Blackstone and Carlyle are reportedly interested in bidding for animal identification company Allflex.

6 March 2013

Eurazeo exits Edenred stake for 2x return

Listed investment group Eurazeo has sold its 10.2 per cent stake in French prepaid corporate services group Edenred, realising a return of two times on its initial investment.

6 March 2013

Apollo Global’s Marc Rowan among investors for Beats Electronics spinout

Beats Electronics, the headphones brand co-founded by rap artist Dr Dre has raised $60m from private investors for its new music service, Daisy. Investors include Len Blavatnik’s investment unit Access Industries, Apollo Global Management co-founder Marc Rowan and Australian business mogul James Packer.

6 March 2013

TVM Capital MENA hires Gulf business heavyweight Sameer Al Ansari

gulf-flags-middle-east-mena Health and pharmaceutical-focused private equity firm TVM Capital MENA has hired former SHUAA Capital CEO Sameer Al Ansari for its board of directors.

5 March 2013

Penta looks to boost German portfolio with €500m budget for 2013 $

euro8_170sq Armed with a €500m investment budget for 2013, private equity fund Penta Investments is looking to expand its presence in Germany, which is calls its most attractive market.

5 March 2013

Canada Pension gobbles up HM Capital food portfolio, launches new PE fund

canada dollar The $172bn Canada Pension Plan has launched a new private equity fund to target the food sector amid buying a portfolio of food-centric assets from HM Capital for $468m.

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