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France threatens to fall down the referendum rabbit hole

Resorting to a plebiscite to block the privatisation of airport operator ADP would not only be counterproductive, it would set a dangerous precedent whereby a minority in parliament could block legislation it didn’t like.

French government clears one hurdle to ADP privatisation

Yet other hurdles remain, including a possible referendum on the proposed sale that is pending approval by the Constitutional Council.

Meridiam collects further €339m in reopening of African infra fund

The fund launched in 2015 is now €246m above its original target size, after falling short by €93m in the first fundraising round.
Wind power

Nordic renewables platform one of last deals from Ardian Fund IV

Similar in strategy to US platform Sky Renewables, the €300m investment aims to build a portfolio focused on wind, solar, hydro and biomass.
Gilets jaunes

France Invest’s Gaillard on why PE isn’t at odds with the gilets jaunes

France’s parliament is working on legal reforms that introduce a tax-efficient system to distribute a portion of capital gains among all employees of an acquired company.

BlackRock divests French solar portfolio to Samsung-led consortium

The 14 operating assets mark the first realisation for BlackRock’s Global Renewable Power Fund I, with GRP II 80% deployed and a third vehicle in the series earmarked for 2019.

InfraVia hits €2bn close on fourth fund – exclusive

The French firm achieved a 100% re-up rate amid growing investor appetite, particularly from North America and Asia.

InfraVia acquires Irish hospital group

The French fund manager has agreed to buy Mater Private from US private equity firm HarbourVest Partners.

Ardian’s debut Americas fund tops $800m

The French manager beat its $500m target for its first dollar-denominated vehicle, targeting the energy and transport sectors, primarily in the US and Chile, but also in Canada and Mexico.

Edmond de Rothschild backs new energy transition strategy

The Paris-based private equity firm is helping to raise €200m for projects focusing on renewables, energy efficiency, water and waste management, and recycling.

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