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Germant is Europe’s third largest venture capital market but is poised to shrink as the recession, as well as an historic inability to consistently deliver good returns, takes its toll on fund raising.
CBPE Capital, the mid-market spin-out from Close Brothers, has received £300m in commitments for its eighth UK mid-market private equity fund. CBPE VIII held its first closing on £270m and subsequently received an additional £30m. The fund is expected to reach a final close at the end of the year on a similar level to […]
Business angels generate an average return of 22% on investments in UK start-ups according to research published by NESTA and the British Business Angels Association. The figure is based on a holding period of four years, and is slightly less than the return made by business angels in the US of 27%. Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA’s […]
As Europe's venture capitalists have swooped away from the seed and early-stage end of the investment landscape, business angels have flocked to the space, as Brigitte Baumann, newly-appointed president of European angel network EBAN, explains
SuperSonic Imagine raises €26m
Venture debt specialist welcomes five new investors in €150m secondary transaction
French fund-of-funds, ACG Private Equity (formerly Altium Capital Gestion), has launched its fifth fund, ACG Europe V. The fund aims to raise €250m and will target investors in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. It will look to invest in both Western and Central and Eastern Europe, a region it believes is ripe for […]
UK buyouts firm Montagu Private Equity is looking to sell German sausage skin maker Kalle. Kalle was acquired the private equity house in September 2004 in a €140m secondary buyout from CVC. The company, which has facilities across Europe as well as the USA and Chile, generated a turnover of €186m in 2007, and employs […]
Angel investors the Rickman brothers have launched a €100m fund for investment in UK technology companies. Led by Andrew Rickman, founder of optical components group Bookham, and his brother Robert, a former director at fund manager FIM Services, the Rockley Group is looking for a €50m first close for its new fund in the summer […]
Investment network Hotbed has launched a £10m Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) designed to give investors a 22% saving on their capital gains tax (CGT) in the two years to April 2008. The firm plans to raise up to £10m for the portfolio to invest £1.5-2m in up to seven companies. Under the scheme Hotbed will […]

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