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25 July 2012

Leonard Green buys Tank Holdings for $830m

US private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners has acquired storage tank maker Tank Holdings.

24 July 2012

Eurozone mid-market valuations fall to 7x EBITDA $

brussels-night_sq The valuations of mid-market companies in the euro zone fell for the second consecutive quarter to 7.0 times EBITDA following two and a half consecutive years of growth, according to new research.

24 July 2012

TaskRabbit collects $13m Series C round led by Founders Fund

rabbit-bunny PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund has led a $13m financing round for online task-running service TaskRabbit.

24 July 2012

Equistone enters exclusive talks to buy Explore Learning $

learn-book Equistone has entered exclusive talks to buy education group Explore Learning, in a sale process that also attracted the attention of four mid-market buyout houses including Graphite Capital, two people with knowledge of the matter told AltAssets.

24 July 2012

Enterprise storage company Tintri hits $60m in funding

Tintri, a producer of VM-aware enterprise storage appliances, has closed an oversubscribed $25m funding round, led by Menlo Ventures, and joined by existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

24 July 2012

Political, economic turbulence kills Citadel’s National Petroleum Company exit $

Citadel Capital’s $147m exit of National Petroleum Company Egypt has been scrapped after ongoing political and economic turbulence made it impossible to complete the deal.

24 July 2012

Carlyle telecoms, media team hires new operating exec

new-york5_lrg Global private equity firm Carlyle has hired former Discovery Communications COO Peter Liguori for a consulting role as an operating executive for its telecoms and media team based in New York.

24 July 2012

Private equity slashes financial services deals amid economic uncertainty $

bankrupt5_lrg Private placements in the financial services sector dropped 30 per cent last year as private equity suffered a roller coaster 2011, according to latest analysis.

24 July 2012

IK buys FSN Capital stake in Nordic fitness company Actic

health-fitness-gym-exercise-bike Swedish buyout house IK Investment Partners has bought Nordic health and fitness company Actic from FSN Capital.

24 July 2012

LPs offered custom private equity benchmarks through Pevara software

bar-chart-graph Software services company Pevara has launched what it claims is the first-ever programme to offer LPs custom-weighted benchmarks for their private equity investments.

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