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5 March 2013

Blue Sky expands to Sydney, hires two new PE executives

Australia’s Blue Sky Alternative Investments has reportedly hired two new private equity executives amid plans to open a Sydney office.

27 February 2013

NZVIF to back up to three New Zealand VC funds after sealing state underwrite facility

Fund investment group New Zealand Venture Investment Fund has said it expects to commit to two to three new venture capital funds over the next few years, following the government’s decision to provide it with a new NZ$60m underwrite facility.

22 February 2013

Private equity takeover of Billabong imperilled by profit warning

surfing_sq The expected PE-backed takeover of Billabong has been brought into question by yet another shocking profit warning from the Australian surfwear brand.

20 February 2013

Blackstone back in hunt for Inghams amid TPG Capital interest

chickens_sq Private equity heavyweights Blackstone Group and TPG Capital are reportedly still considering bidding for Australia’s largest poultry producer, Inghams Enterprises.

20 February 2013

Warbug Pincus relocates Hong Kong MD to Sydney, eyes Australia office

Private equity firm Warburg Pincus is to relocate Hong Kong-based managing director Jeffrey Goldfaden to Sydney.

19 February 2013

VC firms Brandon Capital, Yuuwa Capital lead round for Australia’s PolyActiva

Venture capital firms Brandon Capital and Yuuwa Capital led a Series B fundraising round for PolyActiva, which netted A$9.2m.

19 February 2013

Billabong share price continues plummet despite buyout offers

surfing_sq Private equity offers to pick up Australian surfwear maker Billabong could reportedly be pulled following the due-diligence process amid concerns the company’s largest shareholder will refuse to sell up.

18 February 2013

Australian government commits over $350m to venture capital inititative $

The Australian government is to invest A$378.6m under the Venture Australia initiative to help grow emerging Australian knowledge based companies, high-skilled jobs and competitive products and services.

14 February 2013

Asahi sues PEP, Unitas for ‘inflating’ value of Independent Liquor

Asahi Australian buyout giant Pacific Equity Partners and Asian peer Unitas Capital have been sued by beer brewer Asahi over allegations the pair inflated the earnings of Independent Liquor, the drinks company it bought from the firms in 2011.

13 February 2013

Ironbridge Capital, GIC hire Credit Suisse to find FleetPartners exit

Australian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital and Singapore sovereign investor GIC have reportedly hired Credit Suisse to explore exit options for leasing and fleet management company FleetPartners.

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