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4 July 2012

Russia still “incomprehensible”, “scary” for overseas investors $

russia_moscow_170 Despite some obvious concerns over the risks for overseas investors in Russia, there are certain sectors that are continuing to attract capital.

4 July 2012

Bridgepoint in exclusive talks to buy luxury cruise operator Ponant

luxury-yacht_sq European private equity firm Bridgepoint is in exclusive talks to buy French luxury cruise operator La Compagnie du Ponant from parent company CMA CGM Group, the world’s third-largest container shipping business.

4 July 2012

Hong Kong’s AIF Capital takes S$40m stake in Pacific Plas

Hong Kong-based private equity firm AIF Capital has bought S$40m ($32m) of shares in resin distribution and consumer packaging company Pacific Plas.

4 July 2012

Billionaire Sam Zell’s private equity firm targeting $1bn for distressed debt vehicle

Distressed debt-focused Equity Group Investments is understood to be targeting $1bn for its latest fund.

4 July 2012

Aureos invests in West African private hospital Clinique Biasa

africa-hospital-nairobi_sq London-based emerging markets investor Aureos Capital has made a $1.7m investment in Clinique Biasa, a private hospital and clinic in Togo, West Africa.

4 July 2012

Standard Chartered PE arm buys 13.5% stake in Trikomsel Oke

mobile-phone_lrg Standard Chartered Private Equity has become a major shareholder in listed Indonesian telecommunications company Trikomsel Oke by acquiring a 13.5 per cent stake.

4 July 2012

Lotte picked as preferred bidder for Hi Mart, MBK out

korea-10_sq Shareholders in Hi-mart have picked Lotte Shopping Co as the preferred bidder to buy a controlling stake in the local electronics retailer, ending a long-running pursuit for the company by South Korean buyout fund MBK Partners.

4 July 2012

Indian government to launch $367m pharma-focused venture fund

India’s growing pharmaceutical industry stands to receive a major boost after the government announced plans for a $367m venture fund to promote the sector.

4 July 2012

Allianz’s Selecta attracts heavyweight interest

vending_lrg Global buyout houses including Advent, Apax Partners and BC Partners are expected to submit second round bids for Allianz Capital Partners’ stake in Selecta, Europe’s largest vending machine operator.

4 July 2012

KKR, TPG enter second round for Getty Images

Buyout firms including KKR and TPG Capital have entered a second round of bids for US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman’s stake in Getty Images, the world’s largest distributor of stock photos, videos and digital content.

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