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16 April 2012

UK’s lower mid-market defies Europe’s buyout slump $

The recovery in private equity’s UK lower mid-market continued during the first quarter of 2012 despite the sharp decline in transaction activity across the wider European buyout market.

16 April 2012

Polyera to expand into Asia-Pacific with Chengwei, Tsing financing

circuit_board_lrg Chinese venture houses Chengwei and Tsing have co-led a $24.5m financing round in semiconductor technology provider Polyera to expand its Asia-Pacific operations.

16 April 2012

Norwich City FC chairman Bowkett joins Montagu as an advisor $

alan-bowkett-altassets_sq Norwich City FC chairman and former CVC Capital Partners’ European advisor Alan Bowkett has joined HSBC spin out Montagu Private Equity as an advisor, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

16 April 2012

Temasek takes $2.3bn stake in Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

Singapore sovereign wealth vehicle Temasek Holdings is planning to buy four per cent of China’s largest bank for about $2.3bn.

16 April 2012

Innospring launches US-China tech incubator

InnoSpring, dubbed Silicon Valley’s first US-China technology incubator launched to encourage American and Chinese start-ups to expand beyond their borders, has launched a new seed fund in partnership with a host of venture capital heavyweights.

16 April 2012

Arle hires German and Serbian experts to strengthen team

board-conference-hire_sq Arle Capital has bumped its investment team to 15 people spanning ten nationalities thanks to two new hires.

16 April 2012

Roark hits one-third of target for latest franchise-focused buyout fund

Franchise-focused buyout firm Roark Capital has raised more than $460m for its latest mid-market fund, which is targeting $1.25bn.

16 April 2012

Industrifonden, SEB invest in Swedish IT company Clavister

Swedish growth investor Industrifonden and SEB Venture Capital, the venture capital arm of the Swedish bank SEB, are investing around SEK40 million (€4.5m) in the IT security company Clavister.

16 April 2012

KKR eyes BHP, Rio Tinto diamond mining merger

Global buyout firm KKR is looking to buy the diamond operations of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto and merge them to capitalise on the recent surge in demand for jewels, the Sunday Times has reported.

16 April 2012

Better Capital acquires UK fashion brand Jaeger

jaeger_170sq UK listed private equity investor Better Capital has acquired high-end fashion brand and retailer Jaeger for £19.5m.

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