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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.

22 February 2011

BMW launches venture fund, targets sustainable vehicle market

German car maker BMW has set up a venture capital arm with an investment totalling $100m, to launch its sub-brand BMW i as it aims to increase its footprint in sustainable vehicles and mobility solutions.

22 February 2011

KP, DST investment ‘values Spotify at $1bn’

Online jukebox Spotify has become the latest dotcom start-up to boast a stratospheric valuation, with a rumoured $100m funding round valuing the company at $1bn.

22 February 2011

Phoenix acquires engineering consulting business ERA

UK mid-market private equity firm Phoenix has provided £18m (€21m) of capital to fund the management buy-out of ERA Technology from UK defence giant Cobham.

22 February 2011

TPG, Gores Group fight for Nokia Siemens stake

US private equity firms TPG and Gores Group are fighting for a stake in telecoms company Nokia Siemens Networks, according to Bloomberg.

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