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23 January 2013

Hilco UK buys up HMV debt from Lloyds, RBS

broken-cd_sq Hilco UK, the retail restructuring specialist, has effectively taken control of HMV by buying up the stricken music retailer’s bank debt.

23 January 2013

Energy-focused Intervale Capital names David Nemeskal principal

Energy-focused private equity firm Intervale Capital has promoted David Nemeskal to principal.

22 January 2013

The Riverside Company invests in Alchemy Systems

alchemy_sq.jpg Global mid-market buyout house The Riverside Company has bought Alchemy Systems, an Austin, Texas-based provider of food and workplace safety training courses that are delivered through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

22 January 2013

Partners Group in talks to buy 40% stake in Spain’s Softonic

Swiss private equity investor Partners Group is reportedly planning to buy a 40 per cent stake in Spanish software download website Softonic for about €110m.

22 January 2013

Ex-Axcel partner’s CataCap hits first close for maiden fund $

catacap vilhelm_sq CataCap, the Danish small-cap investor co-founded two years ago by a former partner at Nordic mid-market private equity firm Axcel and ex-operating director at easyJet, has reached a strong first close for its maiden buyout fund.

22 January 2013

UK M&A promises much after strong finish to the year $

UK M&A activity totalled £80.6bn in 2012, up 5.1 per cent compared to 2011 (£76.7bn) and accounted for 18.6 per cent of total European M&A activity of £433.3bn.

22 January 2013

Apax Partners eyes Apollo Hospitals stake sale to founder

Prathap Reddy Apollo Hospitals Global private equity firm Apax Partners is reportedly planning to sell some of its stake in India’s Apollo Hospitals to company founder and chairman Prathap Reddy.

22 January 2013

Nine Entertainment lenders approve $3.6bn recapitalisation scheme

Hedge fund creditors to CVC-backed Nine Entertainment have reportedly approved a $3.6bn recapitalisation plan that will prevent the beleaguered Australian television network from going into receivership.

22 January 2013

Bain Capital’s Gome Electrical Appliances suffers share slump

Hong Kong-headquartered electronics retailer Gome Electrical Appliances Holding, which counts Bain Capital as a backer, has seen its share price take a hit after the similarly named Gome Home Appliances closed its local retail outlets

22 January 2013

RDIF-backed Moscow Exchange to float, could raise $500m

russia_moscow_170 MICEX-RTS, Russia’s largest stock exchange backed by investors including Cartesian Capital, Blackrock and state-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund, is reportedly planning to raise at least $500m by listing on its own platform.

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