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11 January 2011

ECI sells WCI Consulting to Indian trade buyer

UK private equity group ECI Partners has sold life sciences advisory business WCI Consulting to Indian company TAKE Solutions.

11 January 2011

Q4 2010 breaks records for private equity exits

The final quarter of 2010 saw more exits from private equity investments than any previous period, according to a report by analysis firm Preqin.

11 January 2011

Endless hammers out €32m steelmaker acquisition

Specialist UK private equity firm Endless LLP has purchased local industrial concern Niagara Lasalle from its US parent organisation Niagara Corporation for £27m (€32.5m).

10 January 2011

Hands extracts £12m dividend from Terra Firma

Guy Hands, the head of Terra Firma, took a £12m (€14.4m) dividend from his firm last year in the face of falling profits and a catastrophic court battle over its largest investment, according to the Financial Times.

10 January 2011

CVC picks up Spanish arm of private equity-backed healthcare company Capio

European private equity firm CVC has agreed to buy the Spanish arm of Swedish healthcare group Capio in a deal worth €900m, according to the Wall Street Journal.

10 January 2011

Vendis Capital closes consumer-focused fund on €111m

Belgian private equity firm Vendis Capital has closed its debut fund on €111.5m, above its €100m target.

10 January 2011

BNP Paribas closes clean energy infrastructure fund above target on €473m

European investment group BNP Paribas’ infrastructure-targeted Clean Energy Fund, which focuses on low-risk and proven renewable energy technology, exceeded its target at the final close raising €437m.

10 January 2011

Deutsche Private Equity gets into driver’s seat with Westfalia-Automotive

German firm Deutsche Private Equity has taken a stake in Westfalia-Autmotive, a manufacturer of towbars and carrier systems for automobiles.

10 January 2011

Secondaries trading platform operator Secondcap receives green light from UK regulators, prepares to launch

A new platform for the trade of private equity fund stakes looks set to launch this month after receiving authorisation from UK regulator the Financial Services Authority.

7 January 2011

ISS scraps $8.5bn Apax takeover talks, prepares for IPO

Danish cleaning and outsourcing company ISS has broken off takeover talks with UK private equity firm Apax Partners and is planning a share flotation, scrapping what could have been the biggest European buy-out since the downturn.

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