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22 January 2013

Partners Group in talks to buy 40% stake in Spain’s Softonic

Swiss private equity investor Partners Group is reportedly planning to buy a 40 per cent stake in Spanish software download website Softonic for about €110m.

22 January 2013

CDC, A Plus, Inov Hi in €3m capital increase for Geolid

directory-phone-book-yellow-pages CDC Entreprises, Inov Hi and A Plus Finance have participated in a €3m capital increase for Geolid, which claims to offer the first alternative to paper directories for the local French advertisers.

22 January 2013

Mountain Cleantech backs German energy efficiency company Gruenspar

Mountain Cleantech has invested in Gruenspar, a German provider of distribution of energy efficient products to retail and commercial customers.

22 January 2013

Teakwood Capital backs energy, distribution software company SigmaFlow

Texas-focused private equity investor Teakwood Capital has made a growth investment in energy production and distribution software maker SigmaFlow.

22 January 2013

France’s Iris, Midi Capital invest in group payment specialist BuyBox

French venture capital firms Iris and Midi Capital have made a €1.7m equity investment in BuyBox, a company that develops solutions that allow e-commerce sites to collect group payments for items such as birthday presents.

22 January 2013

BuildingIQ bags $9m venture round from Aster, Siemens, Paladin

US energy management software business BuildingIQ has closed $9m in venture funding from Aster Capital, Siemens’ venture arm and Paladin Capital.

22 January 2013

Ronaldway loses second director in a month amid new ownership structure $

exit-sign_sq Ronaldsway Private Equity, an ISDX-listed investment vehicle, has lost its second director in a month after Marcus Yeoman resigned to “pursue other interests”.

22 January 2013

Ex-Axcel partner’s CataCap hits first close for maiden fund $

catacap vilhelm_sq CataCap, the Danish small-cap investor co-founded two years ago by a former partner at Nordic mid-market private equity firm Axcel and ex-operating director at easyJet, has reached a strong first close for its maiden buyout fund.

22 January 2013

Allianz Global Investors launches £1bn UK infrastructure debt fund $

Deborah_Zurkow_Portr_300dpia_sq Allianz Global Investors, the German insurer-owned asset manager, is in the market with new £1bn fund that will provide debt financing for UK infrastructure projects.

22 January 2013

UK M&A promises much after strong finish to the year $

UK M&A activity totalled £80.6bn in 2012, up 5.1 per cent compared to 2011 (£76.7bn) and accounted for 18.6 per cent of total European M&A activity of £433.3bn.


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