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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.

1 March 2012

IDG Capital Partners closes Chinese venture fund on $571m

microchip5_sq1China-focused venture capital fund IDG Capital Partners has closed its Harmony Capital Fund with commitments of RMB3.6bn ($571m), a third of which was secured from China’s fast-growing social security fund.

1 March 2012

Rutland bags 3.3x return with €180m Attends Healthcare sale

red-crossUK private equity firm Rutland Partners has made a 3.3 times return on its investment in Attends Healthcare Group through a €180m sale to Domtar Corporation.

1 March 2012

CGS holds €46m first close on third fund with deal in pipeline

CGS is close to striking the first deal from its third private equity fund after announcing an initial close at €45.6m.

1 March 2012

LP expectations still low for green sector $

The cleantech private equity industry is continuing to battle against a reputation of delivering low returns despite some high profile successes.


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