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9 May 2012

Guy Hands’ Infinis acquires wind energy portfolio

UK-based independent renewable energy group Infinis, which is backed by private equity firm Terra Firma, has acquired a portfolio of three wind farms from Broadview Energy.

8 May 2012

UK’s Business Angel CoFund invests £7.2m in 5 SMEs

UK state-backed Business Angel Co Investment Fund has completed its first five investments, totalling £7.2m, following its launch in November 2011.

8 May 2012

European buy and build activity continues decline $

Europe witnessed a dramatic fall in buy and build activity as the volume of activity fell by around a third from the level seen in Q3 and Q4 of 2011, and was the lowest of any quarter since mid-2009.

8 May 2012

TDR, Morgan Stanley, Capvest line up for Premier Foods spread businesses

p TDR Capital, Capvest and Morgan Stanley Private Equity are expected to submit first round bids for the Sun Pat peanut butter and Hartley’s Jam spread businesses of Premier Foods, in a sale that is expected to fetch up to £180m.

8 May 2012

Northern pub chain Wear Inns nets £10m investment from BGF, NVM

beer-pub-pint_sq Regional VCT manager NVM Private Equity (NVM) and Business Growth Fund (BGF), the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at helping UK SMEs, have invested £10m of growth capital in acquisitive Northern pub chain Wear Inns.

8 May 2012

Sweden’s Altor exits Meyn to Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary CTB

chickens_sq Nordic private equity firm Altor has agreed to sell poultry processing equipment maker Meyn Holding to agricultural systems producer CTB, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

8 May 2012

Continental European sees slowdown despite UK buyout boom $

Although European private equity buyouts decreased at the start of 2012, with 139 deals totalling €13bn this was heavily bolstered by €6.3bn of deals based in the UK, which accounted for 48 per cent of the value.

8 May 2012

Mountain Cleantech adds operational expertise

Swiss private equity firm Mountain Cleantech has added two operational experts to its team in the form of Dr Marc Dietrich and Patrik Söderlund. Dietrich has been appointed venture partner for the German speaking region and joins the team with 16 years of experience in senior management roles as well spending eight years as global[...]

8 May 2012

Tricky exit market, early stage aversion sees surge in venture secondaries $

increase-6_sq A tricky exit market and aversion to early-stage risk are causing a stark rise in secondary deals in the venture capital industry, according to Go4Ventures founder Jean-Michel Deligny.

8 May 2012

Germany’s Pinova Capital acquires composites company Norafin

Munich-based private equity firm Pinova Capital has acquired industrial composites manufacturer Norafin Industries.

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