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2 March 2012

LVMH private equity arm closes latest fund on €400m

euros_lrgL Capital, the private equity arm of luxury brand conglomerate LVMH has closed its latest fund with commitments of €400m.

2 March 2012

European Commission calls for end to Belgium VC tax incentive $

fat-euro_sqThe European Commission has called for Belgium to review its “discriminatory” venture capital tax incentive.

2 March 2012

IMF welcomes Nigerian sovereign wealth fund $

The International Monetary Fund has welcomed the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund in Nigeria as a means of improving public financial management and providing a stronger framework for managing the country’s considerable oil wealth.

2 March 2012

MBK to sell $140m stake in Luye Pharma in rare Asian secondaries deal

MBO specialist MBK Partners is to sell its controlling stake in Singapore-based Luye Pharma Group to a trio of private equity firms, in a take-private deal that values the Korean buy-out firm’s stake at a minimum of $140m.

2 March 2012

Nordic Capital to acquire Norwegian discount chain Europris from IK $

Nordic Capital has clinched the buy-out of Norwegian discount retailer Europris ahead of a handful of large global private equity players, netting Stockholm-based peer IK Investment Partners a 2.3 times return on its initial investment.

2 March 2012

Accel wins battle to ink $7m investment in ID software expert ForgeRock

Accel partners has beaten off a host of competing venture capital firms to invest $7m in identity software provider ForgeRock.

2 March 2012

New Look seeks to restructure £1bn debt burden $

New Look, the beleaguered women’s fashion retailer bought out by private equity majors Apax Partners and Permira almost a decade ago, is currently in talks to restructure its debt load of more than £1bn.

2 March 2012

South Africa’s PIC to invest $670m across the region

South African state-owned investment group Public Investment Corporation Limited could invest up to up to ZAR5bn ($666M) throughout Africa, in private equity, infrastructure and property.

2 March 2012

Pension funds won’t face identical Solvency II rules $

European pension funds will not be subject to a facsimile of the Solvency II rules according to Michel Barnier, Commissioner responsible for internal market and services.

1 March 2012

Carlyle, ONEX-backed Allison Transmission prices $500m IPO $

gears_sqAllison Transmission, a US maker of automatic transmissions backed by private equity heavyweights Carlyle and Onex Corporation, has said it expects its initial public offering of 21.7 million shares to be priced at between $22 and $24 each.


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