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9 April 2012

Private equity-backed buyout value sinks to two-year low

There were 669 private equity-backed buyout deals in Q1 2012, valued at an aggregate $46.3bn – a 20 per cent decrease in deal value from the previous quarter, and the lowest level of buyout activity by value in two years.

9 April 2012

New Canaan targets $350m for renewable energy projects $

US-based New Canaan Capital Management is targeting $350m for its new green fund which will focus on waste-to-energy and biomass opportunities.

5 April 2012

British venture industry set for European state aid shake-up $

European state aid provisions are set to force UK lawmakers to impose limits on the amount that small and medium-sized businesses can receive through venture capital trusts, a move that threatens to hit traditional VCT managers hardest and further restrict the amount of funding available to British SMEs.

5 April 2012

Pacific Equity Partners considering improved offer for Spotless

Australian buyout house Pacific Equity Partners could raise its offer for services company Spotless Group following a year of speculation about the company’s future.

5 April 2012

Russian state fund could team with private equity for healthcare deal $

russia3_lrg Russia’s $10bn state investment fund is gearing up to invest in the Moscow healthcare system in a deal which could see it team with an international private equity firm.

5 April 2012

Brazos sells Tri-Northern to Audux after two-year ownership

camera-cctv-big-brother Dallas-based Brazos Equity Partners has sold North America’s largest independent distributor of electronic security products to fellow buyout firm Audax Group.

5 April 2012

Microfinance major Accion launches $10m venture programme

kids-nigeria_sq Global non-profit microfinance major Accion has launched Venture Lab, a $10m initiative dedicated to providing seed capital and management support to financial inclusion start-ups around the world.

5 April 2012

Rolith seals $5m from Russian venture group DFJ VTB Capital Aurora

mercury_170sq Rolith, a developer of advanced nanostructured coatings and devices, has received $5m in Series A funding from Russian seed and early stage investor DFJ VTB Capital Aurora and glass-based corporate AGC America.

5 April 2012

Riverside, VSS exit Experient to Maritz Travel

US mid-market private equity firm Riverside Company and Veronis Suhler Stevenson have sold event services provider Experient to Maritz Travel.

5 April 2012

Ex Barcelona FC vice chairman joins Mangrove Capital Partners

Former Barcelona FC vice-chairman Marc Ingla has become a partner at Mangrove Capital, a Luxembourg-based venture capital firm that was one of the first investors in internet telecoms giant Skype.

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