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14 February 2012

HBM Partners seals €90m first close for new fund $

Swiss venture capital firm HBM Bioventures has hit the first closing of its latest healthcare fund with commitments of €90m.

13 February 2012

British firm Oxitec inks £8m funding to combat dengue fever

mosquito-lrg_sq Oxitec, a British company pioneering a new approach to combating dengue fever, has secured £8m in a recent financing round led by UK venture firm Oxford Capital Partners.

13 February 2012

Paris-based Perceva Capital agrees to stake in consulting group BPI

French private equity firm Perceva Capital has agreed to take a majority stake in management and HR consulting firm BPI.

13 February 2012

Former Liverpool FC chairman’s private equity firm scores first deal

tennis-match_sq Sports Investment Partners, the British private equity firm led by former Liverpool FC chairman Sir Martin Broughton, has sealed its first investment after buying a £16.5m stake in event services company The Arena Group alongside UK growth investor MML Capital.

13 February 2012

Macro factors convince institutional investors as to green investment proposition $

Institutional investors will look to increasingly commit to alternative energy and energy efficiency due to long term attractive fundamentals, according to a number of limited partners.

13 February 2012

Investindustrial bucks challenging fundraising climate with €1.25bn fund

Italian private equity firm Investindustrial has raised more than half of the €1.25bn target for its latest fund less than two months after launching the vehicle, as other European private equity firms struggle to get their fundraising efforts off the ground.

13 February 2012

LDC, ECI eye £50m sale of employee benefits business Bluefin

news_lloyds_lrg The private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group is among a handful of potential buyers lining up to wrest control of British employee benefits business Bluefin, in a £50m sale initiated by French insurance giant AXA, the company’s owner.

13 February 2012

KKR takes on British care home operator Four Seasons’ debt

care-home5_sq The distressed debt arm of KKR has bought a significant chunk of the debt owed by British care home operator Four Seasons, fuelling speculation that the global private equity major could be looking to take control of the company.

13 February 2012

Apax, Vodafone eye £700m Cable & Wireless sale

London-based private equity firm Apax Partners is eyeing the sale of beleaguered telecoms company Cable & Wireless Worldwide, in a £700m sale that has also attracted interest from mobile phone major Vodafone.

13 February 2012

Rockpool to address debt financing issues for British SMEs $

MattTaylor1_sq Former Foresight VCT veteran Matt Taylor, Hotbed founder Gary Robbins and high profile fund manager Nicola Horlick have pooled their expertise to form Rockpool Investments, and aim to address the lack of debt funding in the British SME space.

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