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19 March 2012

Investcorp buys British education company GLE from VSS

school-trip_lrgInvestcorp, the Bahrain-based Alternative investment group, has bought British education company GL Education Group alongside management.

19 March 2012

Irish government to provide €60m to local venture capital firms $

Enterprise Ireland, a government initiative set up to support the creation of jobs and start ups in the country, has agreed to invest €60m in venture capital funds that establish a presence in Ireland.

19 March 2012

Warburg takes on Simon Eyers for European energy investments

Global private equity firm Warburg Pincus has announced that 4D Global Energy Advisors co-founder Simon Eyers will join the firm’s London office as a managing director, where he will focus on energy investments in Europe and emerging markets.

19 March 2012

Carlyle poaches Lloyds investment banker for new EMEA team

Carlyle Group has hired a senior Lloyds banker for its financial services arm in a move which could herald a series of private equity raids on banking assets.

19 March 2012

Vista Equity Partners clinches £1.27bn Misys take-private

US private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has reached a deal to buy UK-based banking software company Misys for £1.27bn, ending a protracted sale process that also saw interest from buy-out houses CVC Capital Partners and ValueAct Capital.

19 March 2012

Dubai International Capital could have to bail out debt-ridden Doncasters

engineering_lrgBritish engineering firm Doncasters is in danger of being seized by its banks unless its Dubai-based private equity owners stump up cash to ease its £700m debt burden.

19 March 2012

BC Partners to buy Foxtons for second time

European private equity major BC Partners is close to buying British estate agency Foxtons for the second time, less than five years after the firm’s failed takeover that left it nursing losses of tens of millions of pounds.

19 March 2012

Biopharma expert Guido Magni joins Versant Ventures

tablets_lrgVersant Ventures has hired biopharma development expert Guido Magni to help strengthen its investment team and expand into Europe.

16 March 2012

EIF launches fund to support business angels $

funds5_sqThe European Investment Fund (EIF) has launched an equity service for angel investors to help finance small and medium-sized enterprises through co-investments.

16 March 2012

Morgenthaler exits Avtron Loadbank through sale to Emerson

US lower mid-market firm Morgenthaler Private Equity has sold power integrity tester manufacturer Avtron Loadbank to Emerson Electric.

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