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12 November 2010

Advent International sells Sophis for €435m

Boston-headquartered private equity firm Advent International has software company Sophis to Misys, a banking industry-focused IT solutions company, for €435m including debt.

12 November 2010

Private equity firms line up for NHS staffing arm

Private equity firms are set to be among the bidders for the staffing agency of the UK state-owned National Health Service when it is privatised as early as next year, according to the Financial Times.

11 November 2010

3i reports £2.1bn of dry powder as portfolio returns increase

UK private equity firm 3i has revealed it has more than £2.1bn (€2.4bn) to make new investments, as portfolio earnings continue to rise.

11 November 2010

GE Capital promotes Paul Scott to CIO of leveraged finance for Europe and the Middle East

GE Capital, the financing arm of General Electric, the world’s second-largest company, has named sponsor coverage head Paul Scott as new CIO for its leveraged finance operations in Europe and the Middle East. The new role is to be taken on in addition to his existing duties.

11 November 2010

AIFM directive passes final vote, raises fears for SMEs

The long-anticipated Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM) Directive has jumped its final hurdle to pass into law.

11 November 2010

LDC’s Virgin Racing team revs up with Russian sports car designer partnership

LDC, the mid-market private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, is to partner with Russian sports car manufacturer Marussia to develop new Formula One team Virgin Racing.

11 November 2010

Syntaxin raises £18m venture funding

UK biotechnology company Syntaxin has raised £18m (€21.2m) in Series C funding towards the development of drugs to control cell secretion.

10 November 2010

IK Investment Partners acquires VC-backed Swedish software company EPIServer

European private equity firm IK Investment Partners has acquired EPIServer, a Swedish software group specialising in driving traffic to client websites.

10 November 2010

Hong Kong investment group First Eastern launches $500m UK SME fund

Hong Kong investment group First Eastern has launched a $500m fund to help small and medium-sized UK companies access the Chinese market, according to Reuters.

10 November 2010

Renewable enery specialist Platina Partners picks up Italian solar portfolio

European private equity firm Platina Partners, which specialises in renewable energy infrastructure investments and buy-outs, has acquired a group of ten solar projects from Italian construction firm Degennaro Group.

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