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10 January 2013

West Africa-focused Cauris Management invests in Banque Atlantique

Cauris Management, the first regional private equity fund manager established in Francophone West Africa, has agreed to invest FCFA 4.1bn ($6.3m) in Banque Atlantique, the regional banking group, through Atlantic Financial Group.

10 January 2013

Paris-based Elaia Partners invests €1m in Sensorly SAS

sensorly_sq Elaia Partners, a Parisian private equity firm focused on digital economy-related technologies, has made a €1m investment in community-based wireless coverage maps specialist Sensorly SAS.

10 January 2013

Big data analytics developer Guavus inks $30m

Guavus, a provider of big data analytics, has closed a $30m round of new funding from Investor Growth Capital, QuestMark Partners and previous investors Artiman Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures and Intel Capital.

10 January 2013

US Midwest sees healthcare investment boom in 2012p

Healthcare companies in the US Midwest attracted $996m in new investments across 182 companies in 2012 – an increase of 23 per cent on the previous year.

10 January 2013

Venture capital slide continues in 2012p

Venture capital financings saw a continued drop in the final quarter of 2012, and a considerable fall from the same period in 2011. However, the number of deals increased, suggesting that more activity was taking place at the smaller end of the scale.

10 January 2013

Fidelity Growth Partners India backs biotech developer Richcore Lifesciences

Fidelity Growth Partners India has invested $5.4m in Indian biotechnology developer Richcore Lifesciences.

10 January 2013

Insight Venture Partners invests $53m in electronic trading company SR Labs

SaaS-focused private equity firm Insight Venture Partners has completed a $53m investment in SR Labs, a provider of electronic trading technology to the financial services industry.

9 January 2013

Aditya Birla plans to offload 14% stake in VMart IPO

The private equity arm of Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla is planning to offload a 14 per cent stake in VMart, as part of an initial public offering of the New Delhi-based department store chain that is expected to raise INR1.25bn ($23m).

9 January 2013

North West Fund for Energy & Environmental invests in Ultromex

gold5_lrg The North West Fund for Energy & Environmental, a state-backed vehicle managed by London-based Carbon Trust advisor CT Investment Partners, has made a £550,000 investment in Merseyside, UK-based Ultromex.

9 January 2013

US Venture Partners adds former DFJ exec Emily Melton

Silicon Valley-based early stage venture capital firm US Venture Partners has added Emily Melton has joined the firm as venture partner, targeting the mobile services, social media, and consumer services sectors.

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