Private Equity

Quirky raises USD79 million to build more weird connected devices

New York-based online shop and gadget developer Quirky scooped up USD79 million in a Series D funding round to be used for building more strange connected devices.

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Private equity firms investing in India seek government action on alleged fraud with portfolio firms

Many local and foreign private equity firms have been seeking the government of India to conduct investigations on alleged fraud and poor corporate standards of some portfolio companies.

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MAG Interactive sweeps up USD6 million in funding from Nokia Growth Partners

Sweden-based app maker MAG Interactive collected USD6 million in funding from Nokia Growth Partners to be used for the development and expansion of its product and facilities.

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Brand Energy offers LBO debt terms, Western Refining seeks loan for Northern Tier acqusition

Brand Energy & Infrastructures Services Inc. proposed terms on a debt backing its leveraged buyout by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Western Refining, on the other hand, sought a loan for its Northern Tier acquisition.

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Bain Capital LLC is in discussion for the acquisition of TI Automotive

With an earlier attempt at acquisition two years ago, Bain Capital now is in advanced discussions for the purchase of TI Automotive, the maker of fuel tanks and other automotive components.

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KKR to raise GBP1.5 billion in Pets at Home IPO

UK-based pet retailer Pets at Home will be put up for an initial public offering by American multinational private equity firm KKR & Co LP. Said listing would be worth GBP1.5 billion.

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Warrnambool bidding heats up with Murray Goulburn increasing its offer

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory is now the subject of a three way battle as bidders Bega Cheese, Saputo and Murray Goulburn all seek to be the owner of the manufacturer of brands such as Sungold Milk and Great Ocean cheese.

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Majid Al Futtaim to buy Spinneys supermarket chain

Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC announced that it will be acquiring a Jourdan branch of the Middle East supermarket chain Spinneys. This year, the company also acquired a minority stake in Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets LLC.

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Neuberger Berman surpasses target for private equity secondary fund

Neuberger Berman was able to surpass its original target of USD 1.6 billion for its third private equity secondary fund when it raised USD 2 billion.

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JZ Capital Partners, Avenue Capital Group announces launch of new firm

JZ Capital Partners and Avenue Capital Group joined hands to form Toro Finance, a new investment vehicle that would focus on financing small and medium-sized companies based in Spain.

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Western Refining aiming at majority stake in Northern Tier

Fortune 500 Western Refining Inc. was negotiating a purchase of a majority stake in Northern Tier Energy LP for USD775 million to capitalize on the rising oil production in the US.

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Saputo's AUD449 million bid permitted by WCB board and Australian government

Canadian company Saputo Inc's AUD449 million offer for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Holdings Ltd. has been recommended by the WCB board and subsequently approved by the Australian government.

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KPMG launches USD100 million investment fund for big data analytics

KPMG launched its new USD100 million investment fund, London-based KPMG Capital, which would help identify and develop big data analytics firms all over the world.

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Atomico Ventures scores USD 476.6 million for Atomico III

Atomico Ventures was able to raise USD 476.6 million for its third fund, based on an filing submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on October 25.

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Shire Plc purchases ViroPharma

The USD4.2 billion purchase by Shire Plc of ViroPharma Inc is the highest purchase on EBITDA rates for a biotechnology firm in history, as the price is 58 times EBITDA.

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