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8 May 2012

Mezz investor Praesidian exits US-based Bridge Capital

Mezzanine investor Praesidian Capital has exited its first lien investment in US commercial check casher Bridge Capital Solutions Corporation.

8 May 2012

Blackstone nears deal with CalPERS for separate managed account

Global private equity giant Blackstone is close to securing a separately managed account on behalf of CalPERS, the $234.3 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System.

8 May 2012

Belly builds with $10m Series B from Andreessen Horowitz

belly_170sq US customer loyalty company Belly has received a $10m Series B round of venture capital financing from Andreessen Horowitz.

8 May 2012

Northern pub chain Wear Inns nets £10m investment from BGF, NVM

beer-pub-pint_sq Regional VCT manager NVM Private Equity (NVM) and Business Growth Fund (BGF), the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at helping UK SMEs, have invested £10m of growth capital in acquisitive Northern pub chain Wear Inns.

8 May 2012

Sweden’s Altor exits Meyn to Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary CTB

chickens_sq Nordic private equity firm Altor has agreed to sell poultry processing equipment maker Meyn Holding to agricultural systems producer CTB, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

8 May 2012

Continental European sees slowdown despite UK buyout boom $

Although European private equity buyouts decreased at the start of 2012, with 139 deals totalling €13bn this was heavily bolstered by €6.3bn of deals based in the UK, which accounted for 48 per cent of the value.

8 May 2012

Mountain Cleantech adds operational expertise

Swiss private equity firm Mountain Cleantech has added two operational experts to its team in the form of Dr Marc Dietrich and Patrik Söderlund. Dietrich has been appointed venture partner for the German speaking region and joins the team with 16 years of experience in senior management roles as well spending eight years as global[...]

8 May 2012

Tricky exit market, early stage aversion sees surge in venture secondaries $

increase-6_sq A tricky exit market and aversion to early-stage risk are causing a stark rise in secondary deals in the venture capital industry, according to Go4Ventures founder Jean-Michel Deligny.

8 May 2012

India to halve capital gains tax for private equity investors

india-bangalore_sq India will go ahead with plans to halve the long-term capital gains tax it charges private equity firms for unlisted or off-market security trades from 20 per cent to ten per cent, the country’s finance ministry said in a statement released this week.

8 May 2012

TPG, Hony lose out in race for Japan’s Elpida Memory

A consortium comprising TPG Capital and China’s Hony Capital have lost out in the race for Elpida Memory after Micron Technology entered exclusive talks to buy the bankrupt Japanese chipmaker.

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