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18 April 2012

France’s FNA, corporate groups commit to Innovacom seed tech fund

France’s state-backed fund of funds Fonds National d’Amorçafe has made an €18.7m commitment to seed fund Technocom 2, managed by venture capital firm Innovacom. Other investors included corporate groups Alcatel-Lucent, Orange Groupe SEB and Soitec.

18 April 2012

ISIS Equity takes care of nursery provider Happy Days with £3.7m VCT investment

ISIS Equity partners has continued its dedication to UK growth investment with a £3.7m financing of day nursery operator Happy Days Consultancy.

18 April 2012

Investindustrial confirms Ducati sale to German car manufacturer Audi

Southern Europe-focused buyout house Investindustrial has sold Italian motorcycle maker Ducati to Audi.

18 April 2012

Advent, LLR-backed Five Below files for $150m IPO

Five Below, the US discount retailer backed by Advent International and LLR Partners, has filed to raise up to $150m in an initial public offering of its common stock.

18 April 2012

IK to sell or float Schenck Process this summer

European private equity firm IK Investment Partners is looking to either list or sell its stake in industrial weighing company Schenck Process this summer.

18 April 2012

Former Goldman execs’ Maui Capital to raise NZ$250m second fund

new-zealand-flagMaui Capital, a New Zealand private equity firm set up by two former Goldman Sachs JB Were executives, has launched its latest NZ$250m ($204m) buyout fund to target investment opportunities in the Kiwi and Australian mid-market space.

18 April 2012

Hyperion founder leaves to raise A$200m private equity fund

Manny Pohl, the founder and managing director of Hyperion Asset Management, is leaving the A$3.2bn ($3.32bn) Australian fund manager to set up a private equity vehicle.

18 April 2012

Enterprise Investors backs Polish shale gas with United Oilfield Services deal

Poland and Central and Eastern Europe-focused private equity firm Enterprise Investors has invested $28m in United Oilfield Services, which is aiming to exploit the region's shale gas reserves.

18 April 2012

US venture industry bullish despite first quarter dip $

news_tech_lrgWhile US venture capitalists made 785 investments in the quarter – the second most in the previous nine quarters – deal sizes were smaller as the $5.9bn invested marked the lowest level of VC funding since Q2 2010.

18 April 2012

Oaktree planning hostile takeover of toymaker Jakks after latest board knockback

The world’s largest distressed debt investor is planning a hostile takeover of portfolio company Jakks Pacific after a string of knockbacks from the toymaker.

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