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20 March 2012

China, Brazil drive highest emerging market fundraising for three years $

arrows Emerging markets powerhouses China and Brazil helped fundraising in the sector soar by 64 per cent in 2011 – the highest level for three years.

20 March 2012

Wellcome Trust launches £200m healthcare, life sciences fund $

growth5_sq The Wellcome Trust has launched a £200m fund designed to grow emerging businesses and technologies in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

20 March 2012

Franklin Templeton to launch $300m emerging markets fund

California-based investment group Franklin Templeton is understood to be eyeing a $300m fundraising for its fourth private equity fund.

20 March 2012

Private equity-backed Nielsen Holdings to sell 25m shares

tv-aerial2_lrg The private equity backers of TV ratings company Nielsen Holdings plan to sell 25 million shares just over a year after taking the company public.

20 March 2012

Cinven-backed Avio to go ahead with IPO

Cinven-backed Italian aerospace group Avio has decided to go ahead with its initial public offering after ending talks to merge with French rival Safran, in a summer listing that is expected to raise between €400m and €500m.

20 March 2012

Westsummit adds to mobile tech portfolio with Union Optech capture

Westsummit Capital has extended its exposure to mobile technology with an investment in Chinese optical lens provider Union Optech.

20 March 2012

Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz help seed ClearStory Data

Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz were among seed investors in big data exploration company ClearStory Data.

20 March 2012

Madison Dearborn buys Onex, CPPIB-owned Schrader for $505m

Madison Dearborn Partners has bought Schrader, the tyre pressure monitoring systems division of Tomkins, for $505m.

20 March 2012

Goldman takes the wheel for CVC’s Formula One IPO

f1_lrg London-based private equity heavyweight CVC Capital Partners has appointed Goldman Sachs to explore IPO-related sale options for its investment in Formula One.

20 March 2012

Barclays spin-off Equistone clinches Audley Travel $

Equistone Partners Europe, the London-based lower mid-market private equity firm that spun out from UK banking giant Barclays last year, has bought a stake in bespoke luxury holiday company Audley Travel.


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