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6 March 2015

CVC rides Evonik share price rise to sell down stake

evonik-chemical_sq Global buyout house CVC Capital Partners has further sold down its holding in chemicals business Evonik by parting with a 3.9 per cent stake.

6 March 2015

NBGI loses four from management team

greek greece parthenon NBGI Private Equity, the London-based buyout unit of Greece’s national bank, has reportedly seen four of its management team depart, AltAssets has learned.

6 March 2015

Rothschild PE arm FAPI hits €508m for Fund II first close

euro fund The flagship private equity business of Rothschild Merchant Banking has held a €508m first close for its second lower-mid-market European fund.

5 March 2015

Carlyle nabs Blackstone’s Stoll as Europe RE head, announces £532m student property deal

tieshot-1-605363-m Global buyout house Carlyle has appointed former Blackstone exec Peter Stoll to run its European real estate.

5 March 2015

Ardian approaches €2bn final close for infra Fund IV

bridge-over-resund-between-malmo-and-copenhagen-1429844-m Private equity major Ardian is said to be fast approaching the €2bn final close of its fourth infrastructure fund, which is its first since its spin-out from French insurance group Axa in September 2013.

5 March 2015

Advent deal for Hypo Balkan assets at risk from Austrian court decision

gavel Advent International's deal to buy the Balkans network of nationalised Austrian lender Hypo Alpe Adrian could be under threat if Austria's Constitutional Court strikes down a controversial law imposing losses on some of the company's creditors, it has emerged.

5 March 2015

Vitruvian-backed fashion site Farfetch raises $86m in latest funding round

shoe-1-1195178-m Investment firm DST Global has taken part in a $86m funding round for Vetruvian Partners-backed British online luxury fashion retailer Farfetch, valuing it at $1bn.

5 March 2015

OMERS, Goldman, 3i in battle for $6.7bn Swedish power grid

stromleitungen-1402449-m The infrastructure investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) is reportedly up against Goldman Sachs and 3i’s infra divisions to pick up the Swedish power grid of Finnish utility Fortum.

4 March 2015

LDC to benefit from ‘natural partnership’ between tech and financial servicesp

Jonathan Caswell LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, is extolling the virtues of financial technology companies, or fintech, with the UK named as a hub for such investments.

4 March 2015

3i-backed drink bottling business Refresco confirms Amsterdam IPO plans

Refresco Gerber 3i-backed Dutch soft drink bottling business Refresco Gerber has confirmed it plans to list on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange.

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