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Astorg Partners invests in M7

Astorg Partners is planning on acquiring a majority stake in CDS Topco from an investor group led by Providence Equity Partners. No financial terms were disclosed, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas advised Providence on the transaction while Emendo Capital advised Astorg. As a result of the deal. Providence and Airbridge Investments B.V will retain “significant’ minority stakes in CDS, which operates under the name M7. Headquartered in Luxembourg, M7 is a provider of DTH satellite services.

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AnaCap acquires Romanian loan portfolio

AnaCap Financial Partners has acquired a portfolio of non-performing and sub-performing loans from Volksbank Romania. Under terms of the agreement, AnaCap will jointly acquire the entire portfolio with H.I.G and Deutsche Bank.

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Facebook’s Q2 revenue jumps 61%, a review of Amazon’s Fire phone, why the Federal Reserve Bank of NY is really upset with Deutsche Bank again and Twitter releases diversity info.

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Buyout loan trends may reflect Fed, OCC disparities: TRLPC

Scrutiny by U.S. regulators is reshaping the leveraged loan market as bankers complain that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency enforces leveraged lending guidance more stringently than the Federal Reserve, sister service Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp reports.

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Merlin PE backers sell $615 mln stake – Reuters

Two of Merlin Entertainments‘ private equity backers sold 100 million shares in the British theme park owner for 366 million pounds ($615 million), writes Reuters. Plans to place the shares by CVC Capital Partners and Blackstone Group via Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley were announced after Thursday’s close.

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Banks face U.S. fines over LBO loans: Reuters

Wall Street banks are bracing for a clampdown and even fines if regulators determine they have violated guidelines aimed at stamping out reckless underwriting on leveraged buyout debt, according to Thomson Reuters International Financing Review and Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.

Ardian-backed Novacap completes refinancing

French chemicals group Novacap, which is backed by Ardian, has closed a refinancing on the high-yield bond market for 310 million euros. Also, the company has received a revolving credit facility of 65 million euros. Goldman Sachs was the lead bookrunner on the transaction with support from Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale.

SJF Ventures Raises $90M for Third Fund, Tripling Size of Prior Fund

SJF Ventures has held a final close on its $90 million for its third fund, raising more than three times the amount of its second fund, which totaled $28 million, the firm announced Thursday. Investors in the new fund include CitiDeutsche Bank, MetLife, Prudential Financial, Cambridge Associates, Mercer Consulting, and Trillium Asset Management, SJF said in a press release.

Reuters – Evonik Owners Say to Place More Shares Ahead of Listing

Investment banks Deutsche Bank and Mainfirst are placing up to 2 percent in German chemical company Evonik at a fixed price of 32.20 per share, writes Reuters. The shares will be sold exclusively to institutional investors ahead of a public listing planned for Thursday in a private placement on behalf of the RAG foundation, a public-sector trust that will bear the liabilities of Germany’s wound-down coal mines, and private equity group CVC.

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