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4 May 2012

Lyceum Capital to exit M&C with sale to Schneider Electric

Lyceum Capital has agreed to sell energy consultancy M&C Energy Group to multinational Schneider Electric.

4 May 2012

Private equity returns outperform listed markets $

victory_sq Returns from private equity investments have outperformed their listed counterparts both before and since the onset of the financial crisis, according to new research.

4 May 2012

Sino European newcomer A Capital nets heavyweight backing for new fund $

China Investment Corp and the Belgian Federal Holding and Investment Company have invested in the first close of Sino European private equity newcomer A Capital’s debut fund, a vehicle that will invest in European businesses looking to increase their presence in China. Founder Andre Loesekrug-Pietri spoke to AltAssets about the new vehicle.

4 May 2012

AdInsight receives £1.6m from UK technology investor Eden Ventures

telephone-cable_sq UK call analytics company AdInsight has received £1.6m investment in its inaugural round of venture capital funding from technology investor Eden Ventures.

3 May 2012

Bright Food takes the Lion’s share of Weetabix for £1.2bn

Lion Capital, the consumer-focused buyout firm, has agreed to sell the majority of its stake in iconic British breakfast cereal company Weetabix to China’s Bright Food, representing the biggest ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese company in the food and beverage sector.

3 May 2012

French presidential frontrunner vilifies private equity industry

eiffel-tower-5_sq Francois Hollande, the Socialist candidate for the French presidency and the favourite to clinch this week’s election, has denounced private equity firms that “swoop to take the substance of a company and then sell it on” and called for new laws to ban leveraged buyouts in France.

3 May 2012

Advent International hits below-par IRR with Stokomani sale $

exit-sign_sq Advent International is believed to have made an internal rate of return of about 12.7 per cent by selling French discount wholesaler Stokomani to investment fund Sagard.

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.

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