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28 March 2012

Carlyle’s GMS platform closes $510m CLO vehicle $

Global alternative asset manager Carlyle has closed a $510m collateralised loan obligation fund raised to target corporate leveraged loans and high yield bonds, as the firm looks to expand into debt markets and increase loan capabilities in the face of tightening credit markets.

28 March 2012

Australian government’s A$200m renewables fund open for business $

The Australian government has announced its A$200m fund aimed at boosting the country’s renewable energy sector is ready to begin investing.

28 March 2012

Solera Capital-backed Annie’s raises $95m through IPO

Annie’s, a California-based maker of packaged foods including cheddar bunnies and organic granola bars backed by Solera Capital, has raised $95m through an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

28 March 2012

Brilla Group launches first ever Colombian luxury hospitality fund

Miami-based private equity firm Brilla Group has launched the first fund dedicated to investing in the Colombian luxury hospitality sector.

28 March 2012

Nordic fund of funds SPEAS commits to Norvestor VI

Nordic-focused fund of funds Scandinavian Private Equity (SPEAS) has made a NOK80m ($14m) commitment to Oslo-based SME investor Norvestor’s sixth fund.

28 March 2012

Montagu, GIP in talks over fast exit for ailing Biffa

bins2_lrgMontagu Private Equity and Global Infrastructure Partners, the private equity duo that bought out UK waste services company Biffa almost four years ago for £1.23bn, are in talks to sell the business for nothing in return for any future gains from mergers.

28 March 2012

EFG strikes first buy-out deal in two years with Damas co-investment

Egyptian investment firm EFG Hermes has made its first investment in two years as junior partner in a $378m deal for Middle Eastern watch and jewellery business Damas.

28 March 2012

Taiwan’s PVG invests in China’s largest mobile games developer

Taiwanese private equity firm Pacific Venture Group has bought a minority stake in China’s largest mobile games developer, in a bid to capitalise on the country’s burgeoning mobile entertainment market.

28 March 2012

CVC to reap $1bn dividend from F1 refinancing

f1_lrgLondon-based private equity major CVC Capital Partners is preparing to refinance a loan it took out for the acquisition of Formula One, a move that will enable the firm to pay itself a dividend of around $1bn from the operating profits of the business.

27 March 2012

India allows foreign PE firms to invest in secondaries

red-tape_lrgThe Indian central bank has relaxed rules governing the secondary activities of foreign private equity and venture capital funds in the country, a move that will allow overseas firms to invest directly in secondary transactions for the first time.


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