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4 April 2013

France Telecom mulls EE sale

France Telecom is reportedly looking to exit its stake in the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, which has drawn interest from private equity groups including Apax and KKR.

4 April 2013

Billabong extends trading halt as suitors reduce bids

surfing2_sq Billabong could reportedly be sold for as little as 50 Australian cents per share, or less than half of the initial bids of A$1.10 for the embattled surfwear group.

4 April 2013

Venture backers exit Ubiquisys through $310m Cisco purchase

telecoms5sq_lrg Venture capital-backed phone network technology company Ubiquisys has been bought by Cisco in a $310m deal.

4 April 2013

Indonesia’s Saratoga could hit $1bn for imminent IPOs

Indonesian investment group PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya could raise over $1bn from the upcoming IPO of two of its business units.

4 April 2013

Private equity-backed Clear Channel settles lawsuit over loan payment

Private equity-backed global billboard and radio advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings is to settle a lawsuit with one of its investors over a $656m loan that the business made to its embattled parent company.

4 April 2013

New look Ignition Partners closes slimmer fifth fund on $150m

Early-stage venture capital firm Ignition Partners has closed its fifth fund on $150m after a significant restructuring saw it scale back its fundraising ambitions.

4 April 2013

Sentica Partners backs Citec’s bolt-on of oil & gas engineer Akilea

Finnish buyout firm Sentica Partners has portfolio company Citec in its acquisition of French oil & gas engineering consultancy Akilea Engineering.

4 April 2013

Kernel Capital leads investment in Dublin tech startup Zinc Software

Irish venture capital firm Kernel Capital has led a €650,000 investment in Zinc Software, a Dublin-based company developing a biofeedback gaming platform for iOS and Android.

3 April 2013

LDC adds Joe Farren to Yorkshire, North East office

Joe Farren LDC The private equity arm of state-backed Lloyds Banking Group has hired Joe Farren as an investment director based in its Yorkshire and North East office.

3 April 2013

AsiaBridge Capital to raise $250m for second fund

Beijing-based firm AsiaBridge Capital is reportedly preparing to launch a $250m second fund targeting Asian businesses operating in consumer-related sectors.


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