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27 February 2012

Boost Communications inks €3.3m from Norway state-backed venture fund, NIK

Mobile internet marketing company Boost Communications has raised €3.3m from Norwegian state-backed venture capital firm Investinor and Nordic growth investor Norsk Innovasjonskapital III fund.

27 February 2012

Riverstone eyes Warburg’s Fairfield Energy as platform for North Sea oil major

Lord Browne, the former BP CEO and boss of the European arm of energy-focused private equity firm Riverstone, is in talks to buy North Sea oil company Fairfield Energy from Warburg Pincus.

27 February 2012

Arle Capital to appoint retiring 3M CEO as chairman

george-buckley-Arle Arle Capital has announced retiring 3M chairman, president and CEO Sir George Buckley will join the private equity firm as chairman at the beginning of June.

27 February 2012

Mandarin Capital nets 3x return from Euticals exit to Clessidra $

Shanghai and Milan-based private equity firm Mandarin Capital Partners has sold more than half of its stake in Italian pharmaceutical ingredient maker Euticals to Clessidra, a deal that netted the firm three times its initial investment - a record for a China-based private equity firm investing overseas.

27 February 2012

UK’s Business Growth Fund continues with recruitment drive

Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at helping UK SMEs, has hired Alex Garfitt as investment manager for its South West and South Wales deal team.

27 February 2012

German private equity sector struggles for recovery in 2012 $

Germany‘s private equity market is yet to recover from the slump towards the end of 2011, as the headwinds generated by the euro crisis and the stock market crash in the summer have had a major impact on private equity investors in German SMEs. Rather than making new investments, around half of active funds said they intend to focus on fundraising.

24 February 2012

JP Morgan’s One Equity eyes €220m AMAG exit

aluminium-blinds_sq One Equity Partners, a private equity offshoot of investment banking giant JP Morgan, has found a buyer for its €220m stake in Austrian aluminium business AMAG.

24 February 2012

UK’s YFM Equity Partners adds investment manager Sarah Riley

Sarah Riley. Grant Thornton. Manchester. UK-focused YFM Equity Partners has appointed investment manager Sarah Riley to its Manchester team.

24 February 2012

Russian Venture Company Biofund, Quintiles partner for biopharma investment

russia3_lrg Fund of funds Russian Venture Company Biofund has announced a new investment partnership with global biopharmaceuticals company Quintiles.

24 February 2012

Next Wave Partners hires Dean MacKenzie from Primary Capital

dean-mackenzie-nwp UK-based Next Wave Partners has appointed Dean MacKenzie from fellow private equity firm Primary Capital as investment director.

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