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25 February 2011

Mid Europa checks out Zabka Polska

Cental and Eastern Europe-focused private equity firm Mid Europa Partners has beaten off stiff competition to acquire Polish grocery store Zabka Polska from Czech firm Penta Investments.

25 February 2011

BVCA asks UK to name Venture Czar

Britain’s venture capital industry has urged the government to appoint a ‘venture czar’ to take responsibility for attracting private sector investment to both private venture capital funds and the various funds backed by the government.

24 February 2011

Matrix pulls solar VCTs as clouds form over UK subsidies

Asset manager and private equity investor Matrix Group has pulled its two recently launched clean energy venture capital trusts (VCT) as fears remain that the UK government may withdraw its support for solar installations above 50kW.

24 February 2011

AXA rolls flooring business Gerflor to ICG


AXA Private Equity has sold its controlling stake in flooring business Gerflor to Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) in a secondary buy-out.

24 February 2011

Privet acquires building contractor HWA Group

UK turnaround specialist Privet capital has acquired HWA Group, a building contractor struggling in the wake of the UK housing market downturn.

24 February 2011

NBGI backs Facilities Services Group MBO from Spice

Mid-market and growth specialist NBGI has backed the £9m management buy-out of UK facilities management company Facilities Services Group from Cinven-owned infrastructure support services company Spice.

23 February 2011

21, SEC acquire Swiss gym chain Silhouette

French private equity firm 21 Centrale Partners and Switzerland’s SEC Partners have acquired Silhouette, a chain of Swiss fitness clubs with 70,000 members.

23 February 2011

Tesco to pick up Polish retail chain Zabka from Penta

Czech private equity firm Penta Investments may be set to sell Polish grocery store chain Zabka Polska to UK supermarket giant Tesco, according to reports.

23 February 2011

NB to list list $200m floating rate fund in London

Investment manager Neuberger Berman (NB) is to list a floating rate income fund on the London Stock Exchange in an offering with a target size of $200m.

23 February 2011

Guy Hands “hopeful” about returning TFCP III cash, looks to emerging markets

The head of UK private equity firm Terra Firma has claimed that there is a strong chance of investors in its third fund getting all their money back, in spite of its disastrous investment in record company EMI.

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