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21 March 2012

Bono’s private equity firm targeting $1bn fundraise

news_sunglasses_lrg The private equity firm co-founded by U2 frontman Bono is believed to be targeting $1bn for its first fundraise in seven years.

21 March 2012

Gilde, Banexi-backed Novasep completes €310m recap $

Novasep, a maker of purification products for life science molecules controlled by European private equity firms Gilde and Banexi, has completed a €310m recapitalisation backed by French state-backed growth vehicle Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement.

21 March 2012

Lighting company Novaled eyes $200m IPO

German lighting company Novaled has filed with US regulators for an initial public offering in which it is targeting up to $200m.

21 March 2012

Quebec Government makes C$50m investment in new Cycle Capital cleantech fund

The Government of Quebec has more than doubled Cycle Capital Management’s latest cleantech fund by making a $50m investment.

21 March 2012

Israel Cleantech Ventures on track for $100m second fund $

Israel Cleantech Ventures has said that fundraising for its second investment vehicle was ‘progressing well’ but said the close of the fund was imminent.

21 March 2012

Key Capital Partners invests in

key-capital UK lower mid-market private equity firm Key Capital Partners bought a minority stake in, an online retailer of musical instruments and music-related equipment, for £3.4m.

21 March 2012

Blackstone buys controlling stake in Parc 55

Global private equity firm Blackstone has paid around $70m for a majority stake in San Francisco’s Parc 55, marking the firm’s third hotel investment in the US market.

21 March 2012

Hancock Park exits Drilltec to Lubar & Co, Pouschine Cook Capital

= LA-based Hancock Park Associates has sold oil pipe protection company Drilltec to fellow private equity firms Lubar & Co and Pouschine Cook Capital Management.

21 March 2012

Index partners with GSK, Johnson & Johnson for life sciences fund $

Index Ventures has partnered with pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson for the launch of a €150m fund, marking the London-based venture capital firm’s first vehicle solely dedicated to making investments in the life sciences sector.

21 March 2012

Lloyds private equity arm LDC backs TD Travel MBO

plane-airport The private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, LDC, has backed the management buy-out of corporate travel company TD Travel.

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