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3 July 2012

Fiksu scores $10m from corporate VC Qualcomm Ventures, Charles River Ventures

Mobile app marketing Fiksu has secured $10m in Series B financing led by new investor corporate venture group Qualcomm Ventures and existing investor Charles River Ventures.

3 July 2012

Charterhouse doubles money on Wood Mackenzie

Charterhouse Capital has doubled the value of its investment in Scottish energy analysis company Wood Mackenzie by selling a majority stake to fellow buyout firm Hellman & Friedman.

3 July 2012

UCG Investments hits first close for Latin America fund

colombia-latin-america_sq.com_UCG Investments, a London-based private equity firm that focuses on opportunities in Latin America, has reached a first close for a fund that will target investments in the burgeoning region.

3 July 2012

India’s GVK woos private equity with potential airports sale

GVK Power and Infrastructure is believed to be in talks with private equity firms in an attempt to dilute its stake in GVK Airport Holdings.

3 July 2012

Google Ventures latest firm to join Shape Security Series A round

Corporate investment giant Google Ventures followed its parent company’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt in joining a Series A round for Shape Security.

3 July 2012

Private equity-backed deals, exits bounce back in Q2 $

Private equity-backed deals and exits surged 37 and 65 per cent respectively during the second quarter of the year compared to Q1, fueled partly by an increase in large-cap activity, according to new research.

3 July 2012

AXA Private Equity buys $850m fund portfolio from OMERS

The private equity arm of French insurer AXA has dipped into its latest secondaries vehicle to buy an $850m portfolio of fund interests from OMERS Private Equity, reflecting a strategic shift towards direct investments by the Canadian pension giant.

3 July 2012

Quickening fundraises indicate momentum shifting back to GPs $

news_time_limit_lrgThe average time taken to raise a private equity fund has dropped by almost two months in the past year.

3 July 2012

Sun Capital, Silgan tie up deals for Rexam packaging arms

food-packaging_sqLeveraged buyout house Sun Capital Partners has bought the personal and household care packaging business of UK company Rexam for $459m.

3 July 2012

Private equity fuels business support services market $

jigsaw_sqWith its contracted revenues and relative growth compared to other sectors in the UK economy, buyout firms from Cinven to Montagu are finding plenty to like about the business support services space, an industry that looks set to enjoy a bumper year.


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