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9 December 2011

EQT exits Strauss Innovation to Sun European Partners

European private equity firm EQT has agreed to sell its shares in German retail chain Strauss Innovation to Sun European Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

9 December 2011

AXA PE provides mezzanine debt for Unither buy-out

The mezzanine arm of AXA Private Equity has backed the the buy-out of Unither Pharmaceuticals by Equistone Partners Europe, the private equity firm that spun out from Barclays last month.

9 December 2011

Carlyle, Advent, Clessidra line up for Italy’s Rottapharm

Private equity firms including Advent, Carlyle and Clessidra are among a handful of bidders for Italian drug maker Rottapharm, the founder of which is hoping for offers of around €2bn.

9 December 2011

CVC shuns speculation over NEC debt as ‘misleading and inaccurate’

London-based private equity firm CVC has denied reports that it failed to come to an agreement with creditors to restructure the debt owed by Nine Entertainment, saying that media speculation has been both ‘misleading and inaccurate.’

8 December 2011

Patron Capital partners with Halcyon Hotels and for Von Essen Group investment

Pan-European private equity group Patron Capital has acquired, together with its new joint venture partner, Halcyon Hotels and Resorts, over 30 per cent of the Von Essen Group portfolio from its administrators.

8 December 2011

HgCapital takes majority stake in business software group IRIS from Hellman & Friedman

UK and Germany-based HgCapital has acquired a majority stake in IRIS Accountancy Solutions, and IRIS Software Group, from US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.

8 December 2011

LDC makes first investment from £200m manufacturing fund with PJD deal

news_machinery_lrg UK mid-market investor LDC has invested into Castle Donnington-based mechanical engineering specialist PJD Group.

8 December 2011

Bridges Ventures, Oxford Technology lead £2.6m funding for Historic Futures

UK-based Historic Futures has secured £2.6m to fund the roll-out of its supply chain traceability software.

8 December 2011

European financial services M&A sees third quarter slowdown in third quarter

European financial services M&A activity saw a significant slowdown during the third quarter of 2011, according to new research.

8 December 2011

UK’s Business Growth Fund adds to regional invest team

growth_sq The UK’s Business Growth Fund (BGF), has appointed James Austin as investment director to expand its presence in the South West and South Wales and to help drive investment in the region.

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