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27 March 2012

Texas makes $80m available to tech startups

Nonprofit investment group Startech Foundation has announced it is accepting applications from south central Texas-based technology startups for funding through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.

27 March 2012

Abu Dhabi-backed Mubadala buys $2bn stake in Brazil’s EBX Group

bAbu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala has made its biggest ever investment in Latin America by buying a $2bn stake in Brazil’s EBX Group.

27 March 2012

Rock Hill Capital closes Diversified Well Logging recap

US lower mid-market firm Rock Hill Capital has closed on a majority recapitalisation of Diversified Well Logging (DWL), a Louisiana-based mud logging business that provides equipment and services to the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry.

27 March 2012

Blackstone, Bain plan Michaels Stores IPO

Global private equity firms Blackstone and Bain Capital are looking to float their stake in US arts and crafts retailer Michaels Stores, almost six years after the pair bought the business for more than $6bn.

27 March 2012

Leopard plans $75m Haiti fund as post-earthquake recovery continues $

news_leopard_lrgFrontier markets investor Leopard Capital plans to raise a $75m fund to invest in Haiti as the country continues its recovery following a devastating 2010 earthquake.

27 March 2012

Greenhill spin out GCP buys marine catering business Garrets

navy-ship_sqGCP Capital Partners, the private equity firm that spun out from US boutique investment bank Greenhill & Co, has bought Essex, UK-based marine catering management business Garrets International for £17m.

27 March 2012

Gilde invests in reflective road marking maker Sovitec

road-night_sqEuropean mid-market MBO specialist Gilde Equity Management Benelux has bought Sovitec, a maker of reflective road marking, in a secondary buy-out from Dutch private equity peer Value Enhancement Partners.

27 March 2012

Biotech company ImaginAba seals oversubscribed Series A round

Clinical-stage company ImaginAba has completed its Series A financing, led by life sciences investor Novartis Venture Funds.

27 March 2012

Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund eyes UK government’s RBS shares

unionjack_170sqThe Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is among investors interested in taking a stake in UK Government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland.

27 March 2012

Russia’s Frontier Ventures sets sights on internet businesses

Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Alimov has founded a $50m venture fund aimed at capitalising on increasing online consumer spending in the country.


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