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Hedge funds and large institutional investors are competing with VCs for large deals according to data from Go4Venture, a London-based corporate finance advisory firm for European technology entrepreneurs and their investors.
The UK Department for Innovation, University and Skills (DIUS) has released a Science and Innovation White Paper which calls on the government to increase spending to create demand for new innovative products and services.
Barclays Private Equity has more than doubled its investment in Kurt Geiger, the luxury shoe retailer, by selling it to mid-market player Graphite Capital for £95m. Kurt Geiger, which is also headquartered in the UK capital, sells its own and third party premium and luxury footwear brands such as Prada, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.
Spire Healthcare, the renamed BUPA Hospitals group owned by Cinven, has acquired Classic Hospitals from LGV Capital for £145m.
UK mid-market firm August Equity has made a partial exit of its investment in Planit Holdings through the sale of the company’s retail division Planit Fusion to 20-20 Technologies for£19m. Planit Holdings is a developer of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for the woodworking, cabinet-making, engineering and stone industries. It was listed on AIM prior […]
HgCapital has sold the Sanctuary Spa Group to PZ Cussons, the consumer products group and maker of Imperial Leather and Carex soap, for £75m.
Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance has backed an MBO of Verna Group, a Bolton-based healthcare business, for an undisclosed sum. The company, which provides infection control solutions to the hospital and care home sectors, is being sold by LGV Capital, a London mid-market investor and subsidiary of insurance group Legal & General. The Integrated Finance […]
Dutch private equity firms Gilde Buy Out Partners and AAC Capital Partners, the former ABN AMRO subsidiary, have sold their combined investment in Drie Mollen International, a Netherlands-based coffee company. CapVest Equity Partners has acquired the business for an undisclosed sum.
Sovereign Capital, the London-headquartered private equity firm, has made a 5.5x return on its sale of Alpha Plus Holdings, a group of independent schools, colleges and nurseries, to investment advisor Delancey.
Swiss GPS specialist is first European semiconductor IPO since 2004

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