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16 July 2010

CIO Susan Flynn departs Hermes GPE weeks after merger

Just weeks after Hermes Private Equity’s merger with Gartmore, CIO Susan Flynn has left the fund of funds, according to reports.

15 July 2010

AXA’s Kallista Energy bolts on wind assets

AXA Private Equity-owned French wind farm operator Kallista Energy has acquired Brittany-based Neoelectra Group’s wind assets for an undisclosed amount.

15 July 2010

Candover wraps up €1.2bn Ontex deal

Candover has agreed to the secondary sale of Ontex, a Belgian personal hygiene business, to the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs and buy-out contemporary TPG for an enterprise value of €1.2bn.

15 July 2010

AIMCO’s takeover talks for Candover on the rocks

Candover’s expected takeover by Canadian pension fund Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO), first announced in April, looks set to fall through, according to the Financial Times.

15 July 2010

Warburg Pincus’s Fairfield Energy scraps IPO

UK oil and gas company Fairfield Energy has become the latest private equity portfolio company to fall victim to market uncertainty, scrapping its anticipated IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

15 July 2010

KKR to raise $800m China fund, acquires UK music publishing business

Newly listed US private equity firm KKR is looking to raise $800m to invest in China, according to Bloomberg.

15 July 2010

Turkey attracts PE as Riverside announces debut deal, Advent opens office

Turkey seems to be the latest frontier market beckoning private equity investment, with mid-market specialist The Riverside Company announcing a new deal in the country and Advent International opening the doors to a new office in the capital, Istanbul.

15 July 2010

Almaz Capital partners launch $30m Russian VC fund

A new venture fund targeting opportunities in Russia has been launched by two senior members of Almaz Capital Partners.

14 July 2010

Ireland launches €500m venture capital initiative

The Irish government has initiated plans for a €500m venture capital fund to help finance innovative small companies in the country.

14 July 2010

Primary backs £30m MBO of Border’s Paperchase

European private equity firm Primary has backed a management buy-out of UK stationer Paperchase from embattled book chain Borders Group.

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