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16 February 2012

Kremlin private equity fund RDIF names supervisory board

moscow_lrg The Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10bn vehicle launched by the Kremlin six months ago to entice overseas investors to commit to private business opportunities in the country, has announced the composition of its supervisory board.

16 February 2012

Walker beats private equity firms to Iceland Foods buy-out

Iceland Foods boss Malcolm Walker has entered exclusive talks to buy the British frozen food retailer, ending months of speculation as to who would clinch the business.

16 February 2012

JP Morgan spin-off CCMP UK takes on industrial advisor

boardroom2_lrg CCMP Capital Advisors, the former buy-out arm of JP Morgan Chase, has hired industrial veteran Dominique Fournier as an executive advisor to the firm’s UK division.

16 February 2012

Inflexion invests in gift company Natural Products Worldwide

UK mid-market investor Inflexion Private Equity has bought impulse giftware products company Natural Products Worldwide.

16 February 2012

Europe faces “pensions time-bomb”, EVCA $

The European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association has welcomed the proposals to review Europe’s retirement provision.

15 February 2012

Venture-backed medical device company EOS Imaging completes €38m IPO

Venture-backed medical device company EOS Imaging has raised €38m in its IPO on NYSE Euronext. Based on the opening trade price, the company is valued at approximately €120m.

15 February 2012

Credit Suisse closes $2.9bn secondaries fund

CS Strategic Partners, the dedicated secondary private equity arm of financial services group Credit Suisse, has closed its latest fund on over $2.9bn.

15 February 2012

Russian’s VTB Capital leads $7.5m investment for cloud computing company Eccentex

Russian investment firm VTB Capital has led a $7.5m Series A investment in cloud computing company Eccentex.

15 February 2012

Mezzanine, private capital fill void left by senior lenders $

Private capital finance is taking on a greater responsibility to fill the gap being left by senior lenders, with mezzanine financing growing in appeal as a target strategy as investors seek to gain good returns with lower risk.

15 February 2012

German early stage investor Target Partners backs home climate control company tado°

thermometer_170sq Munich-based venture capital firm Target Partners has invested in home climate control company tado°.

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