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16 March 2012

French insurer Groupama to offload private equity arm

fat-euro_sq French mutual insurer Groupama has confirmed it plans to sell its private equity arm as it attempts to restructure following its severe exposure to Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.

16 March 2012

Barclays spin-out Equistone banks €1bn for fund IV $

Lower mid-market private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe has banked two thirds of the €1.5bn target for its fourth fund less than five months after spinning out from British banking giant Barclays, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

16 March 2012

Nauta closes $6m investment in Brandwatch

Nauta Capital has closed a $6m investment in UK social media monitoring company Brandwatch.

16 March 2012

Perfectis nets 3x return with sale of Romus to Gerflor $

Perfectis Private Equity has made a three times return on investment through its trade exit of French flooring and painting tool supplier Romus.

16 March 2012

Private equity-backed Omega Pharma clinches €470m GSK portfolio $

Omega Pharma , the Belgian pharmaceutical group backed by Dutch buy-out firm Waterland, has clinched a deal to buy a €470m portfolio of over-the counter drugs owned by British pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline.

16 March 2012

Cisco to buy Permira, News Corp-backed NDS for $5bn

US IT giant Cisco has agreed to buy NDS, the UK-based Israeli television network software company backed by European private equity major Permira and media conglomerate News Corp, in a deal worth around $5bn including debt.

16 March 2012

Infrastructure allocation to rise for APG $

With over €5bn currently committed to infrastructure, Dutch pension giant APG is a conspicuous player in the infrastructure space, with allocations set to grow, it says.

15 March 2012

Embattled LMS looks to return money to investors by year end

LMS Capital, the beleaguered private equity firm currently in the process of winding down, has said that it aims to return capital to its investors by the end of the year.

15 March 2012

HarbourVest posts third consecutive monthly NAV rise

HarbourVest Private Equity, the listed fund of funds arm of HarbourVest Partners, has seen its NAV rise for the third consecutive month in a row.

15 March 2012

YFM backs management buy-in of UK HR supplier Selima

selima-management YFM Equity Partners has backed the management buy-in of payroll and HR supplier Selima in a £2m deal.

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