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1 April 2011

Q1 fundraising worst since 2003

Private equity firms worldwide raised $42.3bn across 93 funds in the first quarter of 2011, according to research by Preqin.

1 April 2011

Capital Management Partners closes German turnaround fund on €175m

German private equity firm Capital Management Partners has closed a fund focused on turnaround investments in the country on €175m.

1 April 2011

Permira, Mercapital pick up ACS services unit in €608m deal

UK buy-out major Permira and Spanish firm Mercapital have acquired Clece, the services unit of Actividades de Conscrucción y Servicios (ACS) for an enterprise value of €608m.

1 April 2011

Stirling Square sells Microtecnica to Goodrich for €330m

European private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners has sold aerospace component and sub-system manufactureer Microtecnica to Fortune 500 aerospace systems supplier Goodrich Corporation for €330m.

1 April 2011

21 Partners picks up French distance learning company Forma-Dis

Italy and France-focused private equity firm 21 Partners has acquired Forma-Dis, france’s largest distance learning training provider, with CM-CIC Capital Finance as co-investor.

31 March 2011

Global Infrastructure Partners readies Eni gas pipeline bid

Infrastructure-focused private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners is readying a bid for a Swiss-Italian gas pipeline owned by Italian oil and gas giant Eni.

30 March 2011

Lyceum bites into EAT

UK mid-market investor Lyceum Capital has acquired a controlling interest in UK sandwich and coffee chain EAT from Penta Capital.

30 March 2011

Barclays PE, LBO France sell Converteam energy efficiency stake for $3.2bn

The private equity arm of UK bank Barclays and French firm LBO France have sold a 90 per cent stake in energy efficiency company Converteam to US power giant General Electric thorugh its energy division.

30 March 2011

Gilde backs Actief Interim MBO

Gilde Equity Management Benelux has backed a management buy-out of Belgian temporary staffing provider Actief Interim, until now owned by KBC Private Equity and Indufin.

29 March 2011

Index Ventures turns on to Silicon Roundabout

London venture capital firm Index Ventures is to establish an office in the east end of the city to capitalise on attempts to build up a venture capital and innovation hub in the area.

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