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16 September 2011

Advent, Carlyle last remaining bidders for Ameos

Global buy-out houses Advent and Carlyle are the last two remaining bidders for Ameos, the Swiss-German private hospital group, after British private equity firm CVC left the auction process.

16 September 2011

Russia’s $10bn investment fund announces new hires

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a $10bn investment vehicle launched by the Kremlin this week, has announced the appointment of senior executives that will comprise its core investment and management team.

16 September 2011

Blackstone eyes £600m Broadgate exit

Global buy-out heavyweight Blackstone is expected to realise its 50 per cent stake in London's prized Broadgate complex for up to £600m next year, which could net the firm an eight-fold return on capital invested.

16 September 2011

Environmental Technologies Fund provides growth capital to Elstat

Growth investor Environmental Technologies Fund has completed an investment into energy management technology company Elstat.

16 September 2011

Partners arranges mezz debt for AXA’s Photonis

Private equity investment manager Partners Group has acted as a joint arranger of the mezzanine debt financing for Photonis, the French optronic components producer.

16 September 2011

Investment manager launches Turkish cleantech fund

An Istanbul-based investor has launched what is reportedly Turkey’s first energy-focused fund, as the country begins to develop a healthy appetite for renewables projects.

16 September 2011

London’s 3i to drop from FTSE 100 index

Beleaguered British buy-out firm 3i is set to fall from the coveted ranks of the FTSE 100 index at the end of today’s trading, following months of speculation and investor unease over the company’s slow recovery.

16 September 2011

H2 acquires UK parts supplier Unipart Automotive

H2 Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in the Netherlands, has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Unipart Automotive (UA), the UK’s largest independent supplier of car parts, workshop consumables and garage equipment.

16 September 2011

Scottish Equity Partners raises £185m for latest fund

Venture capital group Scottish Equity Partners, has reportedly raised £185m for a fund targeting fast growth start-ups in the energy and technology sectors.

16 September 2011

Crédit Agricole supports SIMP buy-in

French private equity firm Crédit Agricole has acquired SIMP, a company specialising in the manufacture of plastic and rubber injection moulded parts, through a management buy-in led by executives Alain Blondel and Eric de Bardonnèche.

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