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18 August 2010

Electronics multinational Philips anchors Gilde healthcare fund

Multinational electronics corporation and DVD innovator Philips has made a cornerstone investment to Gilde Healthcare Partners’ third fund, a venture capital vehicle that will invest in early and growth stage technology companies.

17 August 2010

PE firm Clessidra to pitch bid for AS Roma football club

Italian private equity firm Clessidra Capital Partners is planning to bid for AS Roma, one of Italy’s premier Serie A football clubs, in a deal that could be worth around €150m, according to reports.

17 August 2010

IK Investment Partners bolsters Stockholm team with new hire

IK Investment Partners, formerly known as Industri Kapital, has hired the chief executive of Swedish-listed drill-bit business Seco Tool, Kai Wärn, as a partner in its Stockholm office.

17 August 2010

PE expected to bid for outsourcing group Tribal

Tribal Group, a listed UK services provider to the public sector, has confirmed it has received preliminary expressions of interest for the business, though no-one has been named at this stage.

16 August 2010

Advent to strip German discount clothing retailer Takko from portfolio

Takko Fashion, a German discount clothing retailer, is set to be sold off by Advent International to either a buyer or in the public markets for around €1.25bn, according to the Financial Times.

16 August 2010

Blackstone may set up Channel Islands REIT for Center Parcs sale

US private equity group Blackstone is considering the creation of a listed vehicle for the sale of the property used by its Center Parcs holiday park business in the UK to M&G Investments, according to the Financial Times.

16 August 2010

Carlyle to put Britax Childcare up for sale after receiving interest

Carlyle, the Washington DC-based private equity group, is to put children’s car safety seat maker Britax Childcare on the block after receiving several approaches from trade buyers and rival fund managers, according to the Financial Times.

16 August 2010

Scorn aimed at PE over workers’ woes at AA, Saga

Heavy losses for UK automotive services provider the AA and Saga, the travel agent, insurer and personal finance company for over 50s, have led to fierce criticism being fired at their private equity owners, according to the Guardian.

16 August 2010

BPE takes large stake in red-meat processor

Barclays Private Equity, the UK bank’s captive fund management house, has put up an undisclosed amount of capital for a majority stake in MPS Meat Processing Systems.

13 August 2010

PE performance comparable to public equity investing

Proponents of the asset class argue that private equity offers attractive returns when compared to investment in its counterpart of publicly traded equity, but a new report claims that, on average, buy-out funds have performed to the same standard.

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