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The central and eastern Europe specialist has taken the first step in its planned consolidation of the Polish private healthcare market, bolting on Medycyna Rodzinna to its recent acquisition LUX-MED.
Lloyds Development Capital has made an exit from the company behind iconic hair-styling brand ghd after just 12 months, selling it to Montagu Private Equity for £160 million.
The Australian buyout firm has urged shareholders of travel agency Flight Centre to hold the independent board to account, after it withdrew its support for the firm’s bid to take a 30 percent stake in a leveraged joint venture.
3i has recruited Andrzej Szostak from Rothschild Group to lead its deal activity in Poland, as it continues to commit more resource to buyouts in central and eastern Europe.
3i said today it had already invested half of the £700 million listed infrastructure fund it raised in March, after buying a minority stake in three oil tank storage operations.
The communications sector specialist has done yet another deal in the European cable TV and telecoms area with the acquisition of Melita Cable, a Maltese provider valued at about €170 million. It believes broadband migration, internet telephony and pay-TV services will provide the main growth opportunities.
The US-based media and communications buyout specialist has revealed plans to open a second US office and its first Asian outpost, hiring two senior figures to spearhead its efforts.
HIG Capital, a US private equity firm with a long track record, has raised €600 million for a new fund that will target small to mid cap companies in Europe. It expects to hire as many as 30 local investment professionals by the end of the year.
The Carlyle Group has finally completed the troubled flotation of a credit vehicle on Amsterdam’s Euronext exchange, raising $300 million.
GlobeOp Financial Services, a hedge fund administration business backed by US private equity group TA Associates, has been forced to cancel flotation plans after being hit by a $500 million lawsuit from a disaffected former hedge fund client.

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