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23 December 2011

Maven Capital nets 40% IRR following sale of Applied Language Solutions

ear_lrg Scottish private equity firm Maven Capital Partners has seen a realisation of its £1.5m mezzanine investment in UK language services provider Applied Language Solutions (ALS), following its sale to the Capita Group.

22 December 2011

Macquarie Infra to buy US waste company WCA for $526m

rubbish-truck_sq Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II, the North American infrastructure arm of Australian investment banking giant Macquarie, has agreed to buy Nasdaq-listed waste services company WCA for about $526m.

20 December 2011

KKR teams with Google, Recurrent Energy for first US cleantech venture

KKR has partnered with Google and Recurrent Energy to invest in a portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities serving the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), marking the global buy-out giant’s first foray into the renewable energy sector in the US.

20 December 2011

Blackstone credit arm refinances Edinburgh’s Miller Group

GSO Capital Partners, the credit arm of US private equity firm Blackstone, has led a consortium of investors in the refinancing of Scottish construction giant Miller, a £160m capital injection that will equip the group with a platform to further develop its existing business.

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.

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