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6 February 2013

TIAA-CREF takes stake in Billabong amid buyout interest

surfing_sq US life and health insurer TIAA-CREF has bought a minority stake in Billabong, which comes as the Australian surfwear brand weighs competing private equity bids for the business.

5 February 2013

Australia’s Advent reaps 2.5x return from sale of Locker Group

locker_sq Advent Private Capital has reaped a 2.5-times return from the sale of perforated metal manufacturer Locker Group, representing the Melbourne-based buyout firm’s third successful exit in six months.

4 February 2013

Quadrant-backed Virtus Health targets A$500m IPO

pregnant_lrg Australian buyout house Quadrant Private Equity is reportedly eyeing an A$500m IPO for portfolio company Virtus Health Group - four months after refinancing the business.

4 February 2013

Archer Capital sells Ausfuel to Trafigura’s Puma Energy

M Australian buyout house Archer Capital has agreed to sell petrol station and oil import terminal business Ausfuel to Puma Energy, an emerging markets-focused subsidiary of Dutch commodity giant Trafigura.

1 February 2013

Cathay Fortune walks away from Discovery Metals deal

Cathay Fortune Corp, the private equity investment firm owned by Chinese billionaire Yu Yong, will no longer seek to acquire Australian mining group Discovery Metals.

1 February 2013

Australian telecoms company Telstra loses corporate venture head

Deena Shiff, head of Australian telecoms company Telstra’s corporate venturing arm, is to step down.

30 January 2013

Archer Capital mulls A$650m sale of oil distributor Ausfuel

M Sydney-based buyout house Archer Capital is reportedly mulling the sale of oil distributor Ausfuel after receiving a number of expressions of interest for the business.

29 January 2013

IFM raises $2bn from North American LPs for Global Infrastructure Fund

Australia’s Industry Funds Management raised $2bn towards its Global Infrastructure Fund from institutional investors in North America last year, marking the firm’s strongest fundraising year in the region since 2009.

28 January 2013

Ontario Teachers’ among final bidders for Australia’s NextGen

NextGen fibre optic Canadian pension fund giant the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is reportedly among the final bidders for Leighton Holdings’ Australian fibre-optic network NextGen amid waning private equity interest.

24 January 2013

Real estate investment firm MGPA seals Australia office deal

Private equity real estate investment firm MGPA has acquired the first asset for its German fund focused on Asia-Pacific, in Perth, Western Australia.

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