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19 June 2012

State-backed BGF inks fourth deal of the month

Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at financing UK SMEs, has made two investments totaling £4.4m into Springfield Healthcare Group, the largest independent provider of domiciliary care in Yorkshire and Humberside.

19 June 2012

KKR adds $7.8bn of assets under management with Prisma purchase

Girish Reddy KKR hedge fund - AltAssets Private Equity NewsGlobal buyout firm KKR has boosted its assets under management by 12.5 per cent by acquiring fund of hedge funds manager Prisma Capital Partners.

19 June 2012

Unigestion’s environmental sustainability fund set for final close in 2012 $

unigestion_bader_170sqEuropean asset manager Unigestion said it anticipates closing its environmental sustainability-focused private equity fund before the end of 2012, having already committed capital to four GPs.

19 June 2012

US-based SmartDrive Systems adds $47m from NEA, Oak Investment Partners

SmartDrive Systems, a US-based company which manufactures fuel efficiency technology, has secured $47m in additional venture funding led by existing investors Oak Investment Partners and New Enterprise Associates.

18 June 2012

Australian telecoms giant Telstra leads $35m Series E round for Ooyala

The venture capital arm of Telstra has led a $35m Series E financing round for online video technology business Ooyala, in a bid to enhance Australia’s largest telecoms company’s multi-device IPTV services.

18 June 2012

Chile still top of the pile for Latin American private equity $

Chile has been ranked the top country in Latin America for private equity and venture capital firms to do business in for the seventh year running by the region’s industry body.

18 June 2012

CVC-backed Evonik shelves $1bn IPO

evonik-chemical_sqEvonik Industries, the German chemicals producer backed by London-based buyout firm CVC, has shelved plans to float on the Frankfurt stock exchange in favour of resuming efforts to list once markets recover.

18 June 2012

Talks to limit Oaktree’s hostile takeover of Jakks collapse

Oaktree Capital has scrapped talks aimed at limiting its hostile takeover of toymaker Jakks Pacific after being unable to agree terms with the company.

18 June 2012

Mezzanine, private capital outperform in volatile debt markets $

The terms and negotiating power of private debt peaks when senior lenders are out of the market and falls away as banks have more capacity to lend, reflecting the counter-correlation of private debt providers to banks and senior lenders, new research shows.

18 June 2012

Goldman’s Americas PE head among trio of partners quitting firm

news_metal_steps_lrgGoldman Sachs’ private equity head for the Americas is stepping down is among a trio of partners to announce they are leaving the firm.


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