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19 December 2011

EQT Infrastructure to buy Finnish utility Fortum units for €200m

The infrastructure arm of Nordic private equity firm EQT has agreed to buy two subsidiaries of Finnish utility Fortum for €200m including net debt, representing the unit’s first acquisition in Finland and Estonia.

19 December 2011

Sun European Partners tables offer for Jacques Vert

news_womensaccessories.lrg_ Turnaround specialist Sun European Partners has tabled a cash offer for the entire share capital of British women’s clothing retailer Jacques Vert, which recently fell short of profit forecasts for the year due to weakened consumer confidence and an unseasonably warm winter.

19 December 2011

Sun European, Endless eye Blacks Leisure pre-pack deal

Turnaround specialists Sun European Partners and Endless are two of the potential buyers considering a pre-pack administration deal for Blacks Leisure, as auditors look to restructure the embattled outdoor retailer after talks regarding a formal takeover failed to attract offers.

19 December 2011

Green investor Climate Change Capital on brink of Bunge takeover, reports

greenhouse5_lrg Low carbon private equity firm and asset manager Climate Change Capital is on the brink of being taken over by agricultural commodity trader Bunge, according to reports.

15 December 2011

Darby makes $60m mezz investment in Brazilian biomass, O&G market

b Darby Private Equity, the buy-out arm of Franklin Templeton Investments, has announced that its Brazil Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund has invested R$58m ($30m) in Bioenergy Geradora de Energia and R$58m in Produman Engenharia.

9 December 2011

AXA PE provides mezzanine debt for Unither buy-out

The mezzanine arm of AXA Private Equity has backed the the buy-out of Unither Pharmaceuticals by Equistone Partners Europe, the private equity firm that spun out from Barclays last month.

8 December 2011

Patron Capital partners with Halcyon Hotels and for Von Essen Group investment

Pan-European private equity group Patron Capital has acquired, together with its new joint venture partner, Halcyon Hotels and Resorts, over 30 per cent of the Von Essen Group portfolio from its administrators.

8 December 2011

Standard Chartered Private Equity backs Australian gas company Triangle Energy

Standard Chartered Private Equity has made an investment in ASX-listed gas and exploration company Triangle Energy.

8 December 2011

Twilio adds $17m in Series C funding, targets European growth

Cloud communications company Twilio has raised a $17m Series C round of funding from venture firms Bessemer Venture Partners and Union Square Ventures, who were also investors in Twilio’s Series B round.

6 December 2011

Talisman inks $38m mezz funding from Morgan Stanley

tire_lrg Morgan Stanley Credit Partners has provided $38m in mezzanine debt financing as part of the acquisition of Englewood Tire Wholesale by Terry’s Tire Town, a regional tire distribution company based in Ohio, US, and majority-owned by Talisman Capital Partners.

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