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20 March 2012

Iris leads $15m financing of myThings using new Orange-Publicis funds

orange_lrg Iris Capital has made its first investment from the newly launched Orange-Publicis venture funds by leading a $15m financing of display ad solutions company myThings.

20 March 2012

Intel joins $21m round for Swedish gaze technology company Tobii

The venture capital arm of semiconductor chip making giant Intel has joined a $21m financing round for Swedish eye tracking technology company Tobii, which makes it possible for computers to know where users are looking.

20 March 2012

SVG defeats shareholder revolt to pass new investment strategy $

vote-cross-x A planned revolt by shareholders of SVG Capital has been defeated by the firm as it passed a pair of resolutions for its new reinvestment strategy this afternoon.

20 March 2012

Wellcome Trust launches £200m healthcare, life sciences fund $

growth5_sq The Wellcome Trust has launched a £200m fund designed to grow emerging businesses and technologies in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

20 March 2012

Cinven-backed Avio to go ahead with IPO

Cinven-backed Italian aerospace group Avio has decided to go ahead with its initial public offering after ending talks to merge with French rival Safran, in a summer listing that is expected to raise between €400m and €500m.

20 March 2012

Goldman takes the wheel for CVC’s Formula One IPO

f1_lrg London-based private equity heavyweight CVC Capital Partners has appointed Goldman Sachs to explore IPO-related sale options for its investment in Formula One.

20 March 2012

Barclays spin-off Equistone clinches Audley Travel $

Equistone Partners Europe, the London-based lower mid-market private equity firm that spun out from UK banking giant Barclays last year, has bought a stake in bespoke luxury holiday company Audley Travel.

19 March 2012

Russia’s Quadro Capital invests in online brokerage Forex Club

moscow-7_sq Moscow-based private equity firm Quadro Capital Partners has bought a minority equity stake in Forex Club, an online brokerage company that provides access to instruments for clients looking to trade FX, commodities and equities.

19 March 2012

Pera makes first close of Turkish mid-market fund at €40m

Turkish mid-market firm Pera Capital Partners has announced the first close of its debut private equity fund at $40m.

19 March 2012

Riverstone sells offshore services company Seajacks to Marubeni, INCJ $

Riverstone Holdings, the energy-focused private equity firm, has sold its stake in offshore wind, oil and gas services company Seajacks International to Japan-based commodities trading giant Marubeni and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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