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5 April 2013

Pack of private equity firms sniff around Yankee Candle buyout

yankee candle Private equity buyers are reportedly queuing up to bid on Madison Dearborn-backed candle and air freshener maker Yankee Candle.

5 April 2013

Cerberus mulls floating German real estate assets as REIT

Private equity firm Cerberus is reportedly considering floating its German property assets as a real estate investment trust to avoid paying corporate tax.

5 April 2013

Milestone closes fourth fund on $300m

Private equity firm Milestone Partners has hit a final close of $300m on its Milestone Partners IV fund, up 25 per cent from its previous vehicle.

5 April 2013

DFJ Esprit nears first close for second EIS fund

British venture capital firm DFJ Esprit is reportedly set to close its second EIS Angel Co-Investment fund on up to £10m.

5 April 2013

TPG, Credit Suisse hope to clean up through Grohe IPO

Grohe shower TPG Capital-backed bathroom fixtures maker Grohe Group could relist on the public markets after an absence of more than 20 years, it is understood.

5 April 2013

Kenya’s Catalyst Principal Partners starts deploying $125m fund

nairobi_lrg After closing its $125m fund in November, Kenyan buyout firm Catalyst Principal Partners is now starting to put the money to work, planning to invest 35 per cent of it on African businesses this year.

5 April 2013

NetSocket ties up $9.2m Venture Investors-led financing round

Venture Investors has led a $9.2m Series B financing round for network services provider NetSocket.

5 April 2013

Panda Power Funds launches second $800m energy fund

Dallas-headquartered investor in power projects Panda Power Funds has decided to have another try at raising an $800m fund, it emerged today.

5 April 2013

Bridgepoint’s Sir James Crosby leaves following damning parliamentary report

Sir James Crosby Former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby has stepped down as an advisor to private equity firm Bridgepoint after being slammed in a UK parliamentary report for his role in the bank’s collapse.

5 April 2013

Finland courts venture capital investors to help kickstart economy

Finland Finland is reportedly turning to venture capital in an attempt to kickstart the country out of recession through a $1bn startup programme.

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