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22 October 2012

CHAMP Ventures, Harbourvest back marine logistics company Sea Swift

boat1 CHAMP Ventures and HarbourVest Partners have acquired a majority interest in the Queensland, Australia‐based marine logistics company Sea Swift.

17 October 2012

David Jones PE bid flip-flop not market problem says ASX chief

flip-flop An aborted A$1.65bn private equity bid for Australian department store chain David Jones did not call into question the integrity of the country’s main share market, its chief compliance officer has said.

16 October 2012

UPDATE: CVC makes biggest ever private equity deal loss in Asia-Pacific

CVC Capital Partners has recorded the largest ever loss on a single Asia-Pacific private equity deal after agreeing a debt-for-equity swap with lenders for beleaguered portfolio company Nine Entertainment.

16 October 2012

Kaz Capital launches new VC fund for Australian SMEs

kaz_170sq Australian financial services firm Kaz Capital has launched its first venture capital fund, the Kaz Capital Innovation Fund.

16 October 2012

China Private Equity picks up AIP stake through Enfinium sale

Listed buyout house China Private Equity Investment Holdings will take a stake in Hong Kong investment bank AIP as part of its exit of Australian trading platform Enfinium.

12 October 2012

TPG Capital takes A$694m Billabong bid off the table

surfing2_sq Global buyout giant TPG Capital has withdrawn its A$694m ($714m) bid for Billabong, a move that caused the beleaguered Australian surfwear brand’s shares to plummet to a record low.

11 October 2012

Sydney’s Pacific Road raises $476m for mining-focused fund $

Pacific Road Capital, a Sydney-based private equity firm focused on the global mining and materials industries, has closed its second fund with commitments of $476m.

11 October 2012

Discovery Metals shuns Cathay Fortune takeover bid

Discovery Metals, the Australian miner focused on copper exploration in Botswana, has rejected an A$824m ($847m) takeover bid from Cathay Fortune Corp and state-backed China-Africa Development Fund, but said it remains open to a higher offer.

10 October 2012

Blackstone, Affinity could bid for Australian chicken farmer Ingham

Blackstone Group and Affinity Equity Partners are reported to have expressed an interest in buying Australia’s largest poultry producer Ingham, in a deal that could be worth as much as $1.4bn.

9 October 2012

CVC’s Nine Entertainment tables new proposal to lenders

Nine Entertainment, the beleaguered Australian television network backed by CVC, is reported to have put forward a fresh proposal to its senior lenders to restructure $3.2bn of debt.

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