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30 September 2010

3i buy-out arm kicks into gear

The buy-out division of UK private equity firm 3i has kicked back into gear after a sluggish 2009, with £236m (€273.3m) invested over the five months to the end of August.

29 September 2010

Nordic Capital tops bidders for Swedish engineering company Munters

Private equity firm Nordic Capital looks set to take over Swedish engineer Munters.

28 September 2010

Prodos Capital takes lead for Gianfranco Ferré fashion house

US private equity firm Prodos Capital Management has taken the lead in the auction to buy bankrupt Italian fashion label Gianfranco Ferré, according to the Financial Times.

28 September 2010

Icos Capital reaches first close of early stage cleantech fund

Netherlands-based investor Icos Capital has announced the first close of a fund that will invest in cleantech start-ups, with backing from Royal BAM Group, Imtech and Delft University of Technology (DUT).

28 September 2010

Citi Venture Capital International invests in Bulgarian animal health company

Emerging markets private equity investor Citi Venture Capital International is to acquire a 38 per cent stake in Bulgarian animal health company Huvepharma.

28 September 2010

Cinven to take Spice private for £251m

UK private equity firm Cinven is to take UK infrastructure support services company Spice after being rebuffed earlier this year.

27 September 2010

Zeus makes 4.5 times return on ECI Partners’ XLN purchase

UK firm Zeus Private Equity has sold XLN, the UK’s largest independent small business telecommunications provider, to rival firm ECI Partners.

27 September 2010

LDC sells tanning brand St Tropez to PZ Cussons

UK mid-market private equity investor LDC has sold self-tanning brand St Tropez to consumer and healthcare-focused manufacturer PZ Cussons for £62.5m in cash.

27 September 2010

Chinese food group considers biting into £2.5bn United Biscuits deal

Chinese food group Bright Food has entered into exclusive talks to buy snack company United Biscuits from its private equity owners, according to the Financial Times.

27 September 2010

Doughty Hanson sells can-maker Impress for €1.7bn

European private equity firm Doughty Hanson has sold consumer metal packaging company Impress to Irish glass packaging company Ardagh Glass for €1.7bn.

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