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A view from the secondary market: 40 most sought-after European buyout funds

We've been examining secondary market demand for certain private equity and venture capital funds - so far we've explored the most sought after U.S. buyout funds and venture capital funds.

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Minoan Group PLC

Scottish travel agency Minoan buys back stake from investor

Glasgow, Scotland-based travel agency and property developer Minoan Group PLC bought back a 20% holding in its travel and leisure business for £930,000, which it previously sold to an outside investor for £770,000.

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Japan's Ricoh agrees to purchase American IT firm mindSHIFT from Best Buy

Tokyo, Japan-based multinational imaging and electronics company Ricoh has entered an agreement to acquire Massachusetts, US-based IT services provider mindSHIFT Technologies Inc from Best Buy Co Inc for an undisclosed amount.

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Dental Select

Brent Williams becomes full owner of Utah's Dental Select

Brent Williams, the chief executive officer (CEO) and president of Salt Lake City, Utah-based dental administrator Dental Select, has acquired all of the remaining shareholder stock in the firm for an undisclosed amount.

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Corporacion America

Corporacion America agrees to buy Batista's stake in Brazil semiconductor project

Argentina-based investment group Corporacion America reached an agreement to buy the stake of entrepreneur Eike Batista in SIX Semicondutores, a Brazil-based billion-dollar semiconductor project, for an undisclosed sum.

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Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco to acquire $2B stake in SoKor's S-Oil Corp- official

An unnamed official from South Korea's S-Oil Corp said Saudi Arabian Oil Co or Saudi Aramco, the largest crude exporter in the world, will be buying a $2 billion stake in S-Oil, Bloomberg reported.

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JP Morgan Chase & Co

JPMorgan picks up stake in US trading platform Chi-X Global

US-based multinational banking and financial services firm JP Morgan Chase & Co purchased an equity stake in alternative trading systems operator Chi-X Global Holdings LLC for an undisclosed sum.

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Carlyle Group LP

Taiwan's Eastern Media International bids for Carlyle's controlling stake in Eastern Broadcasting

Eastern Media International Corp., which currently owns a 30% stake in Eastern Broadcasting Co., is reportedly placing a bid to acquire Carlyle Group's entire 61% stake in Taiwan's largest broadcasting company.

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Le Groupe Lactalis SA

World's largest dairy group buys India's Tirumala Milk Products for $275M -sources

Le Groupe Lactalis reportedly acquired India's Tirumala Milk Products for $275 million. Lactalis bought the 74% stake held by Tirumala Milk's founders and the remaining 26% from private equity firm Carlyle Group.

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US private equity firm Blackstone lifts stake in MCX

US-based private equity group Blackstone bought a further 2.79% stake in Mumbai, India-based commodity bourse Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) from foreign fund house Merrill Lynch, bringing its total holding to 4.99%.

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BlackRock Inc

BlackRock fund sells Singapore's Westin hotel to Daisho for $369M

BlackRock Inc's Asia Property Fund III is exiting its Westin hotel in Singapore to Tokyo-based property developer Daisho Group in a deal valued at S$468 million ($369 million).

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Gulf International Services (GIS)

Qatar energy firm GIS to buy out Japan partner with 30% stake acquisition

Qatar-based oil and gas drilling company Gulf Drilling International (GDI) is poised to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS) with the latter acquiring the entire 30% stake held by Japan Drilling Corp (JDC), according to a GIS spokesman.

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Welspun Group

Australia's Leighton buys out Indian partner Welspun in $100M deal -source

Australian construction firm Leighton, is buyout out Welspun Group's 40% stake in the company in a $100-million deal (INR62 crore), according to a person directly familiar with the matter.

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Caixin Media Company Ltd

China Media Capital acquires stake in Caixin Media

Shanghai-based investment fund China Media Capital (CMC) purchased a stake in Beijing-based business media entity Caixin Media Company Ltd from Zhebao Media Holding Group Co Ltd for an undisclosed amount.

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Japan to fund Fukushima decontamination via sale of government shares in Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The Japanese government will shoulder the decontamination costs from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster through the sale of its shares in Tokyo Electric Power Co. Decontamination costs are estimated to reach ¥2.5 trillion.

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