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29 February 2012

Braveheart Investment Group to manage £50m growth loan fund

Braveheart Investment Group has been appointed to manage a new £50m Growth Loan Fund (GLF) aimed at small businesses in Northern Ireland.

29 February 2012

UFG, EBRD-backed Russian Towers secures $100m equity

telecoms6_sq Russian Towers, a portfolio company held by UFG Private Equity and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has secured an extra $100m of equity backing to support the expansion of the its telecom tower portfolio.

29 February 2012

Bowmark Capital eyes stake in UK law firm Keoghs

law-court5_lrg Bowmark Capital is in exclusive talks to grab a stake in Bolton, UK law firm Keoghs.

29 February 2012

IK could sell Nordic healthcare provider Attendo

Nordic-focused private equity firm IK Investment Partners is reportedly looking to sell one of the region’s largest healthcare providers, Attendo, in a deal which could fetch up to $1bn.

29 February 2012

Candover sees NAV loss following 2011 shakeup $

pounds3_lrg London-listed private equity firm Candover has posted a decrease in share value, following the buy-out of its investment manager in early 2011 and the creation of Arle Capital.

29 February 2012

CVC Capital Partners clinches €1.8bn Ahlsell buy-out

British buy-out major CVC Capital Partners has finally reached an agreement to buy Nordic tool maker Ahlsell from Cinven and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, in a deal worth SEK15.5bn (€1.8bn).

28 February 2012

Corporate venture firm Intel Capital targets Turkey

Corporate venture capital firm Intel Capital has confirmed it is to open a new office in Turkey.

28 February 2012

Regulation threatens UK growth, says industry body $

red-tape_lrg The UK private equity industry has called for immediate government action to back venture capital as a way to get the country’s growth back on track.

28 February 2012

Smaller investors, British SMEs set to capitalise on EIS provisions $

The UK's new Finance Bill has divided the UK private equity space, and is expected to put an end to management buy-outs through EIS schemes and venture capital trusts in the future. However, smaller investors and British SMEs stand to benefit greatly from the new provisions surrounding EIS schemes, according to Mark Payton, a managing director at UK venture capital fund manager Mercia.

28 February 2012

European buy and builds experience slowdown $

blocks5_sq While 2011 saw European buy and build activity increase both in volume and value terms, the number of add-on transactions decreased considerably during the second half of the year slumping to levels last seen at the end of 2009.

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