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5 July 2012

VC-backed biotech company AgraQuest sells for $425m

Venture-backed biotechnology company AgraQuest has been acquired by Bayer CropScience for $425m, plus milestone payments.

5 July 2012

Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners invests in Medcdtll

dentist_lrgEdmond de Rothschild Investment Partners has picked up a minority stake in newly-formed French medical publishing company medcdtll.

5 July 2012

Opportunity in Middle East as number of active PE firms drops $

middle-east-yachtThe volume and value of Middle Eastern private equity M&A deals has increased in 2012 despite a drop the number of active firms, according to new research.

5 July 2012

Return of mega buyouts boosts UK M&A $

UK M&A saw a 29 per cent for the first have of 2012 when compared with the same period for the previous year, driven in part by an increase in transactions worth £1bn or more.

5 July 2012

Charterhouse to sell Fives to AXA Private Equity

engineer_lrgCharterhouse is understood to be nearing the sale of French engineering group Fives to AXA Private Equity, which could mark the UK buyout firm’s second exit this week.

5 July 2012

Alcuin, Indigo back MBO of video conferencing company AVM

UK lower mid-market private equity house Alcuin Capital has led the secondary management buyout (MBO) of visual communications company AVM from UK venture capital firm Octopus Investments.

5 July 2012

Dragons’ Den star’s PE firm invests in UK’s Knights Solicitors

James Caan Hamilton Bradshaw - AltAssets Private Equity NewsThe private equity firm of Dragon’s Den star James Caan has signed a unique deal to invest in law firm Knights Solicitors.

5 July 2012

Ventizz becomes Vorndran Mannheims Capital following PE focus switch

Ventizz Capital Partners has rebranded itself as Vorndran Mannheims Capital following its continued shift towards buyout deals.

5 July 2012

TPG sells remaining shares in Taishin Financial Holding

taipei-taiwan-101_sqGlobal buyout firm TPG Capital has sold its remaining 6.55 per cent stake in Taiwanese bank Taishin Financial Holding for around $182m.

5 July 2012

Groupon chairman to focus on creating Berkshire Hathaway of venture firms

Eric Lefkofsky Lightbank Groupon - AltAssets Private Equity NewsGroupon chairman Eric Lefkofsky plans to step back from his hands-on role at the company to focus on growing his venture firm into “the Berkshire Hathaway of technology companies”.

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