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Advent to acquire Brazilian education company FSG

Advent International has agreed to buy Brazil-based private higher education company Faculdade da Serra Gaúcha. No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction that is expected to close in the first half of this year.


Advent names Rabe operating partner

Advent International said Monday that Jeremy Rabe has joined as an operating partner while Livia Masnaghetti was named an industry advisor. They will work with Advent’s global retail and business and financial services teams to identify and assess investment opportunities in the loyalty and marketing services industries worldwide. Rabe most recently served as CEO of Premier Loyalty & Marketing while Masnaghetti was special advisor to Aeroplan on its initial public offering and spinoff from Air Canada.


Fundraising in Latin American breaks records

Capital rushed back into private equity funds in Latin America last year, with fundraising breaking all previous records with a full-year tally of $10.39 billion, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.


Advent buys Hypo Balkans network for up to 200 mln euros: Reuters

Private equity group Advent International and its partner the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have clinched a deal to buy the Balkans network of nationalised Austrian lender Hypo Alpe Adria for up to 200 million euros ($245 million), the finance ministry said on Tuesday.


PE-owned Worldpay closes SecureNet acquisition

Worldpay, which is owned by Advent International and Bain Capital, has completed its buy of SecureNet Payment Systems. The seller was Sterling Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Austin, Texas, SecureNet is a payment solutions provider.


One Equity Partners to sell Allied to Advent

Advent International has agreed to acquire Allied S.A. from One Equity Partners and its other minority shareholders.  No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. Also, as a result of the transaction, the Radomysler family, which founded the company, will retain a “significant” minority stake and continue to run Allied. Based in Brazil, Allied is a provider of tech products.

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