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3 April 2012

Berlin’s Earlybird Venture Capital hits $100m first close

Earlybird Venture Capital has secured $100m in commitments for the first close of its fourth venture fund, taking the Berlin-based growth investor halfway to its $200m target.

3 April 2012

BNP Clean Energy Partners buys up 48MW Italian solar project

Green infrastructure investor BNP Clean Energy Partners has acquired a 48MW photovoltaic project based in North Italy from project developer SAG Solarstrom for a three-digit million euro sum.

3 April 2012

BGF to create 250 new jobs through £3.25m Barburrito investment

burrito-mexican_sq Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at helping UK SMEs, has agreed to finance the expansion of Mexican street food chain Barburrito, a move that could create around 250 new jobs.

3 April 2012

CVC strikes second biggest PE deal of year with €2.65bn StarBev sale

news_food_pintsofbeer.lrg_ CVC Capital Partners has struck the second largest private equity deal of the year by selling Eastern European brewer StarBev to Molson Coors for €2.65m.

3 April 2012

European private equity firm readies for second environmental fund $

European private equity investor Ambienta is gearing up to launch its second environmental fund.

3 April 2012

NVM invests £6m in cash handling group Volumatic

British private equity firm NVM has invested £6m to support the management buyout of Volumatic, a provider of cash handling products to the UK and international markets, from listed risk mamangement company Halma.

3 April 2012

Doughty Hanson to buy Dutch fibre optic network Eurofiber

European private equity firm Doughty Hanson has agreed to buy the second largest independent fibre-optic network in the Netherlands from Reggeborgh.

3 April 2012

RIT Capital strikes gold with $450m sale of Agora Oil and Gas

UK investment trust RIT Capital Partners has agreed to sell Norway’s Agora Oil and Gas to Cairn Energy for $450m.

2 April 2012

Big private equity failing in Turkey by aiming too high $

International private equity giants trying to make big-ticket entrances into the Turkish market are missing the real action, mid-market fund manager Robert Romain has told AltAssets.

2 April 2012

BVCA appoints Carlyle MD Easton as chairman

board-conference-hire_sq The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association has announced that Carlyle managing director Robert Easton will succeed Amadeus Capital partner Richard Anton as the industry body’s chairman.

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