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15 September 2011

Russia readies $10bn investment fund

Following its establishment three months ago, a $10bn Russian state investment fund is ready to execute a pipeline of deals in order to entice foreign investors who would normally be wary of investing in private circles in Russia.

15 September 2011

BarCap nears sale of student housing developer UPP

The private equity arm of Barclays is close to selling its stake in University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the UK’s largest developer of student campuses, in a transaction which could be worth around £1bn.

15 September 2011

LDC exits aviation asset manager Airclaims

London-based mid-market private equity firm LDC has exited its stake in Airclaims, a provider of claims, risk and asset management services to the aviation community, to McLarens Young International (MYI) for an undisclosed sum.

15 September 2011

Vision Capital takes on former HSBC alternatives head

UK private equity firm Vision Capital has hired Charles Robinson as head of investor relations.

14 September 2011

Kelso Place hires former Sun European CEO

London-based private equity firm Kelso Place Asset Management has appointed former Sun European CEO Philip Dougall as a partner.

14 September 2011

CVC lines up for Orange Switzerland

UK buy-out firm CVC is reportedly considering a bid for Orange Switzerland, the Swiss subsidiary of France Telecom, despite reluctance from the telecom giant to allow the firm to participate in the sale process.

14 September 2011

European firm HgCapital expands services team

European mid-market private equity firm HgCapital has announced two new hires, taking its services sector team to five investment specialists.

14 September 2011

Permira sweetens terms for €6.5bn fund

London-based private equity firm Permira has offered a five per cent discount on its annual management fee for investors who sign up early or commit more than €200m to its latest fund.

14 September 2011

Austria’s Miracor Medical closes €7m venture deal

Hamburg-based venture capital firm Earlybird has participated in the first closing of a €7m Series B funding round for portfolio company Miracor Medical Systems, a medical device developer based in Austria.

13 September 2011

AM-Pharma closes €29.2m Series D round

Biopharmaceutical company AM-Pharma has raised €29.2m in an oversubscribed Series D financing.

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