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30 July 2015

Augmentum Capital, Neil Woodford lead Seedrs’ £10m investment round

piggy-bank-3-353454-m Augmentum Capital, a London-based venture capital fund backed by Lord Rothschild, and star British fund manager Neil Woodford were named as the lead investors in a Series A fund-raising for the crowd-funding platform, Seedrs.

30 July 2015

PAI Partners to sell Swissport to China’s HNA Group for $2.81bn

plane-airport PAI Partners, the Paris-based private equity firm, is to sell Swissport International, an airport luggage and cargo handler, to HNA Group, which owns China's fourth-largest airline, for CHF2.7bn ($2.81bn).

30 July 2015

Lead Edge leads $82m in online auction house Catawiki

hammer-620008_640 Lead Edge Capital has led an $82m Series C investment in Amsterdam-based online auction house Catawiki.

30 July 2015

Lead Edge Capital leads $82m Series C investment in Catawiki online auction house

Stamp collecting Lead Edge Capital, a New York-based growth stage investment house, was the lead investor in an $82m (€75m) Series C investment round aimed at enabling Catawiki, an online auction house, to expand internationally.

29 July 2015

Mantra to close €75m secondaries fund within weeks $

paris_france European private equity firm Mantra is set to hold a final close for its first dedicated secondaries fund at it’s on its €75m hard cap, AltAssets can reveal.

29 July 2015

Google Ventures, Octopus Investments lead $60m round for Secret Escapes

hotel and pool Google Ventures and Octopus Investments were the lead investors in a just-closed $60m Series C funding round for a London-based luxury travel website called Secret Escapes.

29 July 2015

Bridgepoint nabs 2.9x return through Ponant sale $

cruise liners European private equity house Bridgepoint Capital is set to score a 2.9-times return through the sale of French luxury cruise operator Ponant according to source with knowledge of the deal.

29 July 2015

Inflexion makes 7.7x return through £140m Reward Gateway sale

boardroom 2 UK private equity firm Inflexion has scored a 7.7-times return through the sale of employee engagement company Reward Gateway.

29 July 2015

Arle Capital to exit Fokker Technologies to UK engineering biz for €706m

arle_arney_170sq London-based Arle Capital Partners has agreed to sell its Dutch aerospace technology portfolio business, Fokker, to a British engineering firm, GKN, for an enterprise value of €706m.

29 July 2015

Carlyle closes fourth Europe fund on €3.75bn hard cap

germany-393692_1280 Global buyout house Carlyle has closed its latest European fund on its €3.75bn hard cap thanks to commitments from 140 LPs.

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