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Private Equity

  • December 21, 2011

    Biggest Whole Foods Investor Leonard Green Plans Exit

    Whole Foods Market Inc.'s biggest shareholder, private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners LP, plans to sell its remaining stock in the natural foods supermarket, Whole Foods said Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Pembrook Sells NY Property To PE Group For $93M

    Commercial real estate investment firm Pembrook Capital Management LLC has sold a commercial office building in New York for $93 million to an unnamed private equity fund group, Pembrook announced Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Chinese Capital Fund Raises $50M For Gaming Co. Razer

    A Chinese capital fund run jointly by venture capital firms Accel Partners Management LLP and International Data Group Inc. has completed a $50 million financing round for gaming company Razer USA Ltd., Razer announced Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    New VC Fund To Invest $75M In Early-Stage Health Cos.

    Private equity firm Access Industries has created a new life sciences venture capital fund through which it plans to invest $75 million in early-stage therapeutics companies over the next few years, the firm said Monday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Buchanan Steers EverPower In Wind Farm Deal

    EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., a wind power company owned by private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd., has acquired a wind farm project in Pennsylvania from developer OwnEnergy Inc., the buyer announced Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Lyondell Trustee Goes After Smaller Shareholders

    The trustee for the LB Creditor Trust, tasked with recovering funds from the leveraged buyout of Lyondell Chemical Co., filed a new clawback suit Monday against defendants including Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. and a class of 32,000 investors.

  • December 20, 2011

    Latham Aids Solar Co. In $130M Korean-Led Funding Round

    Stion Corp., a California-based maker of thin-film solar cells, has received $130 million in growth equity investment led by Korean tech materials manufacturer Avaco Co. Ltd. and a number of Korean private equity firms, the company announced Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Simpson, Milbank Aid KKR, Google In Solar Investment

    Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP and Google Inc. have invested in four utility-scale solar projects in Sacramento, Calif., that will power more than 13,000 homes when they are powered up next year, the companies said Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Dexia To Sell Luxembourg Unit To Qatari Fund For $954M

    Belgian bank Dexia SA, which is being broken up after receiving its second government rescue package in three years, has agreed to sell most of its Luxembourg assets to a Qatari investment group for €730 million ($954 million), the lender said Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    KPCB Leads $35M Financing Round For ERecyclingCorps

    ERecyclingCorps has completed a $35 million financing round led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Texas recycled mobile device company announced Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    3i Hits Brazilian Market With $55M Cable Co. Stake

    International private equity investor 3i Group PLC has dived into the surging Brazilian market and acquired a minority stake in cable television and broadband startup Blue Interactive Group for 100 million reais ($55 million), the firm announced Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2011

    Talbots Rejects Sycamore's $205M Takeover Bid

    Struggling women's clothing retailer Talbots Inc. on Tuesday rebuffed private equity firm Sycamore Partners LLC's $205 million buyout offer, saying it substantially undervalues the company.

  • December 19, 2011

    Vector Breached Nondisclosure Deal In Tidel Buy: Suit

    Corporate financier Goodrich Capital LLC and its broker-dealer affiliate sued private equity firm Vector Capital Corp. on Monday in New York, alleging that Vector breached a nondisclosure agreement by using proprietary information in a November acquisition of a cash security firm.

  • December 19, 2011

    REITs Buy Up Senior Housing As Private Firms Divest

    Private equity firms eager to unload investments made years ago in senior housing facilities are finding willing buyers in real estate investment trusts, whose strong balance sheets and bullish market expectations are helping to drive one of the biggest booms in the sector’s history.

  • December 19, 2011

    Recurrent Capital Bilked Out Of Share In $40M Deal: Suit

    Bridge financing firm Recurrent Capital LLC sued defense technology acquisition company ISR Systems and Sensors Corp. and thermal imaging device maker EMX Group Inc. on Monday, claiming they conspired to cheat Recurrent Capital out of its share of a $40 million acquisition.

  • December 19, 2011

    UK Retailer Jacques Vert Takes $64M Sun Capital Bid

    U.K.-based women's clothier Jacques Vert PLC agreed to a takeover by U.S. private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc. for about £41.2 million ($63.8 million), the firms said Monday.

  • December 19, 2011

    Honigman Reps Huron On $40M Sock Co. Recapitalization

    Michigan middle market private equity firm Huron Capital Partners LLC has completed a $40 million recapitalization of footware maker Sock & Accessory Brands Global LLC, Huron announced Monday.

  • December 19, 2011

    UK Pension Manager Still In Takeover Talks with CVC

    Phoenix Group Holdings, Britain’s largest manager of closed life insurance funds, confirmed Monday that it is in discussions about a potential takeover with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners LP.

  • December 19, 2011

    Saudi Prince Sinks $300M Into Twitter

    Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and his private investment firm Kingdom Holding Co. have committed $300 million to social media giant Twitter Inc., giving the royal Saudi partnership a “strategic” stake in the company, Kingdom Holding announced Monday.

  • December 19, 2011

    Fortum Sells Heating Subsidiaries To EQT For $260M

    Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners is buying energy company Fortum Corp.’s heating businesses in Finland and Estonia for roughly €200 million ($260.5 million), the companies announced Monday.