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1 October 2010

Carlyle, Vestar plan $2bn AZ Electronic IPO

The private equity owners of chemicals company AZ Electronic Materials are planning a London IPO for the company that could be one of the biggest UK private equity-backed IPOs of the year, according to the Financial Times.

1 October 2010

Innova takes majority stake in marble bathroom fittings company Marmite

Poland-headquartered private equity firm Innova Capital has taken a majority stake in Marmite International, a manufacturer of cast marble bathroom fittings.

30 September 2010

Inflexion closes latest buy-out fund on £375m

Mid-market investor Inflexion Private Equity has held a first and final close of its latest fund targeting UK countries on £375m (€436.9m).

30 September 2010

3i buy-out arm kicks into gear

The buy-out division of UK private equity firm 3i has kicked back into gear after a sluggish 2009, with £236m (€273.3m) invested over the five months to the end of August.

30 September 2010

Palamon taps into Eneas Energy for €47m

European mid-market firm Palamon Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in energy services company Eneas Energy for NOK375m (€47m).

30 September 2010

Providence sells €412m of Kabel Deutschland shares

US media and communications specialist Providence Equity Partners has sold 15 million shares in German cable company Kabel Deutschland, the portfolio company it took public earlier this year.

30 September 2010

EVCA criticises “worrying” developments in AIFMD negotiations as French shoot down Belgian compromise text

The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) has criticised “protectionist” developments in the discussion of the proposed AIFM directive regulations, after French decision-makers shot down a hoped-for consensus.

29 September 2010

Nordic Capital tops bidders for Swedish engineering company Munters

Private equity firm Nordic Capital looks set to take over Swedish engineer Munters.

28 September 2010

Prodos Capital takes lead for Gianfranco Ferré fashion house

US private equity firm Prodos Capital Management has taken the lead in the auction to buy bankrupt Italian fashion label Gianfranco Ferré, according to the Financial Times.

28 September 2010

Icos Capital reaches first close of early stage cleantech fund

Netherlands-based investor Icos Capital has announced the first close of a fund that will invest in cleantech start-ups, with backing from Royal BAM Group, Imtech and Delft University of Technology (DUT).

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