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12 April 2012

Patriarch’s Ansaldo exit the latest in Japanese M&A spree

Nidec Corp has bought up New York private equity firm Patriarch Partners’ stake in Italian motor maker Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali, one of a number of the Japanese hard-disk-drive motor maker’s European takeovers in recent years.

12 April 2012

Goldfinger McGoldrick’s Mount Kellett nets $4bn for second fundp

After struggling to raise its inaugural fund, Mount Kellett, an distressed buyout firm set up by three former Goldman Sachs special situations executives, has risen from the ashes and closed its second distressed private equity fund on more than $4bn.

12 April 2012

KKR cuts umbilical cord blood deal with Chinese healthcare company

US buyout giant KKR has announced a $65m investment in a Chinese healthcare company which collects umbilical cord blood from newborn babies.

12 April 2012

Solar-focused VC investment sees volume up, value down in 2012p

Venture capital funding in the solar sector was off to a slow start in Q1 2012. VC funding for the quarter came to $329m across 34 deals, the lowest dollar amount recorded since Q4 2010, however venture investors were still active in the space with 34 deals funded, the highest ever recorded.

11 April 2012

Temasek president orders Primus Ventures wind-up over rent scuffle

spinning-top_lrg Temasek president Lee Theng Kiat has ordered a wind-up of the Singapore arm of Hong Kong-based private equity firm Primus Pacific Partners, after the unit failed to pay rent on a seven bedroom bungalow owned by Lee and his wife.

11 April 2012

Everstone, Jacob Ballas in talks with Indian perfumery SH Kelkar and Co

news_perfumebottle_lrg Asia-focused private equity firms including Jacob Ballas and Everstone are said to be in talks for a second round of financing to support the growth of SH Kelkar and Co, an Indian perfumery backed by US firm Wayzata Investment Partners.

11 April 2012

CVC, RBS make $216m from HK-listed Samsonite placement

Global private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and British taxpayer-backed banking giant RBS have raised $216m through the sale of shares in Hong Kong-listed US luggage producer Samsonite International.

11 April 2012

CVC eyes record Asia PE deal for 2012 with $644m City Telecom purchase

CVC Capital Partners is planning the largest Asian private equity deal of the year so far with a $644m purchase of Hong Kong-listed City Telecom.

11 April 2012

Venture capital industry gravitating towards China, Indiap

chinalights_lrg The global venture capital investment landscape is evolving towards China and India as both LPs and GPs gravitate to their exceptional growth opportunities.

11 April 2012

Carlyle, Sequoia mull stake in Indian Hard Rock Cafe franchisor

hard-rock-cafe_sq Global private equity firms including Carlyle and Sequoia Capital are said to be in separate talks to invest between $40m and $50m in a ‘significant minority stake’ in JSM Corp, which owns the Indian franchise rights for brands such as Hard Rock Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen.

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