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8 June 2012

Equistone sells buy and build project Ratioform for €210m

Equistone Partners Europe has completed a six-year buy and build project on German transport packaging company Ratioform for €210m.

8 June 2012

Samara Capital eyeing $32m deal for minority Monte Carlo Fashions stake

India-focused buyout house Samara Capital is believed to be investing about $32m into Monte Carlo Fashions by picking up between 18 and 20 per cent of the company.

8 June 2012

Global Environment Fund announces $127m India fund, confirms first deal

Environment and energy-focused private equity firm Global Environment Fund has announced a $127m India fund aimed at SMEs.

8 June 2012

App-finding service Quixey nets $24m thanks to WI Harper funding

mobile-touch Chinese venture firm WI Harper Group has brought cross-platform app search engine Quixey’s total funding to $24.2m with a follow-on investment.

8 June 2012

New EVCA chairman praises private equity’s stewardship of companies

vincenzo-morelli_sq TPG partner emeritus and senior adviser Vincenzo Morelli has been appointed chairman of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s general assembly.

7 June 2012

Saudi dealmaking needs personal touch to woo family businesses $

Doing deals the Western way might have served buyout houses well in the past, but getting deals done in Saudi Arabia requires a different tactic, Al-Khabeer Capital’s private equity chief has told AltAssets.

7 June 2012

British manufacturing sector outperforms public market $

welding-industrial_sq The UK manufacturing industry is currently outperforming the FTSE 250, with average share prices of businesses operating in the sector trebling since 2009, according to new research.

7 June 2012

Private equity-backed default recoveries equal to non-LBOs $

new-york5_lrg Analysis of over 1,000 defaults in the US has found that almost the same number of companies backed by leveraged buyout firms recovered as those not backed by private equity, according to new research.

7 June 2012

China’s biggest sovereign fund backs Euro PE despite continent’s financial woes

fat-euro_sq The world’s third-largest sovereign wealth fund is backing European private equity despite cutting stock and bond investments ahead of a potential Euro Zone breakup.

7 June 2012

Apax sells Plex Systems to Francisco Partners

Apax Partners has agreed to sell Plex Systems, a provider of cloud-based ERP software for manufacturers, to Francisco Partners, in a deal that will enable the global buyout heavyweight to return money to investors as it raises its eighth buyout fund.

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