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22 November 2010

Private equity firms line up for Carlyle’s Britax Childcare

A private equity bidding war may be about to take place for Britax Childcare, a UK producer of children’s car safety seats and pushchairs, according to the Financial Times.

22 November 2010

SUSI Partners completes €15m first close for renewable energy fund

Swiss investment house SUSI Partners has held the €15m first close of a fund targeting European solar and wind project investments.

22 November 2010

BC Partners nears €3bn first close for latest fund

UK private equity firm BC Partners is on course to completing one of the quickest fundraisings since 2007, with a €3bn first close of its latest buy-out fund expected by early 2011, according to reports.

22 November 2010

Lactalis Yoplait bid curdled – Nestlé in the mix

European private equity firm PAI Partners has rejected a €1.4bn bid for yogurt-maker Yoplait by French dairy major Lactalis, with management reportedly favouring an offer from Swiss consumer goods company Nestlé.

19 November 2010

Investec expands private equity debt financing facilities

Investec Growth and Acquisition Finance, the UK mid-market financing arm of banking group Investec, has expanded its stable of services for the private equity industry with the inclusion of senior debt and preferred equity to its core stable of lending facilities.

19 November 2010

Italian firm PM & Partners acquires detergent maker Relevi

Italian private equity firm PM & Partners has acquired household cleaner and air freshener manufacturer Relevi.

19 November 2010

Private equity firms ready bids for Danish cleaning giant ISS

A host of private equity firms are readying bids for ISS, a Danish cleaning company valued at over $7bn, in readiness for the first round deadline on Monday.

19 November 2010

Hands: “Woodstock years” are over for private equity

Private equity firms must learn to live with returns of eight to nine per cent rather than the blockbuster returns seen earlier in the decade, according to Guy Hands, founder and chairman of Terra Firma Capital Partners.

19 November 2010

Apax reshuffles Paris team

UK private equity major Apax Partners has made a raft of promotions and appointments at its Paris office, promoting five senior staff members and bringing in two new senior associates.

18 November 2010

Barclays Private Equity team complete MBO

Senior personnel at Barclays Private Equity have completed a management buy-out of the firm from its banking parent, according to reports.

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