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3 May 2012

HgCapital acquires Germany-based Qundis Group

European private equity firm HgCapital has acquired German submetering company Qundis Group, from financial investor Capcellence.

2 May 2012

Ludgate Environmental Fund makes resource efficiency investments

greenshoots_lrg1 UK green investor Ludgate Environmental Fund (LEF) has made three new investments in biomass, anaerobic digestion and waste heat recovery, and said it expects significant growth potential.

2 May 2012

Russian classifieds website Avito raises $75m from Baring Vostok Private Equity, Accel

russia3_lrg Russian classifieds website Avito has received $75m in new funding from Baring Vostok Private Equity, Accel Partners, and existing investors Kinnevik and Northzone.

2 May 2012

TA Associates exits German e-marketing group eCircle

Global mid-market private equity firm TA Associates is to exit its investment in Munich-headquartered email marketing service provide eCircle.

1 May 2012

Private equity volumes up in Q1, multiples remain steady $

Although trade buyers retrenched from the M&A market during the first quarter of this year, private equity volumes continued to rise with steady price/earnings multiples being paid for target businesses, according to new research.

1 May 2012

Providence takes on former BSkyB boss as senior advisor

Media-focused buyout firm Providence Equity Partners has hired former BSkyB boss Tony Ball as a senior advisor based in the firm’s London office.

1 May 2012

Milestone Capital nets 6x return from Cadum sale to L’Oreal

bubbles-2_sq Anglo-French private equity firm Milestone Capital Partners has made around six times its initial investment in soap and baby product maker Cadum International after selling the business to L’Oreal, the world’s largest beauty group.

1 May 2012

UK government confirms Actis stake sale, stands to net taxpayer £60m $

news_sale3_lrg UK taxpayers stand to rake in more than £60m after the Government confirmed the sale of its remaining 40 per cent stake in Actis Capital this afternoon.

1 May 2012

Lion Capital ends up leading the pack by agreeing Alain Afflelou purchase

news_glasses_lrg Private equity firm Lion Capital has agreed a deal to buy a majority stake in French eyewear company Alain Afflelou from rival firm Bridgepoint.

1 May 2012

VC-backed wind energy company files for insolvency

German VC-backed wind energy company PowerWind said it will undertake corporate restructuring after filing for insolvency.

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