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27 September 2016

Minority shareholder Polaris derails Providence Equity’s agreed buy of Starman

hammer-719066_640 Providence Equity faces a challenge to close the €210m acquisition of Baltic telecoms company Starman as minority shareholder Polaris is making a move to buy the business.

27 September 2016

Apax offloads nine-year investment Plantasjen to PE peer Ratos for $148m

garden-gardening-1290908_640 Apax Partners has sold Norwegian gardening accessories retailer Plantasjen to Swedish buyout house Ratos for NOK1.2bn ($148m) after a nine-year holding period.

27 September 2016

HQ Capital’s Auda Secondary Fund IV eyes $100m first close

binoculars-1209011_960_720 HQ Capital is looking to announce a first close for its global secondaries fund by the end of the year, AltAssets understands.

27 September 2016

Cinven, Apollo linked with bids for Uniqa’s Italian insurance units

flag-1343546_1280 Private equity majors Cinven and Apollo Global Management are believed to be in the running for the Italian business of Austrian insurer Uniqa.

27 September 2016

Aurelius nears biggest ever revenue deal with Office Depot Europe bid

stapler-428289_1920 Aurelius is nearing the biggest transaction in its history in terms of revenues after submitting a binding offer to acquire the European business of US-based Office Depot.

26 September 2016

Capvis taps Fund IV to pick up majority stake in Gotha Cosmetics

cosmetics-1367779_640 Capvis Equity Partners has used its fourth PE fund to acquire the majority of Italian colour cosmetics maker Gotha Cosmetics.

26 September 2016

Equistone makes France’s Motoblouz, Access-Moto latest motorcycle accessories purchase

biker-407123_1920 Mid-market-focused Equistone Partners Europe has bought a majority stake in D3T Distribution, the holding company of French motorcycle accessories businesses Motoblouz and Access-Moto.

26 September 2016

GCP new infra FoF over halfway to €600m target in less than six months

power-1549122_640 Munich-based investment firm Golding Capital Partners (GCP) has held a €435m first close for its latest infrastructure fund of funds in just five months.

26 September 2016

Actis adds two renewables experts to energy team

pinwheel-123572_640 Emerging markets-focused investor Actis has bolstered its energy team with a pair of senior hires in London, including renewables experts Barry Lynch and Javier Areitio.

23 September 2016

Blackstone makes headway with fundraising for latest Europe RE pool

rotterdam-1199440_640 US private equity group Blackstone has collected $6.7bn for its fifth Europe-focused real estate fund.

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