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Private Equity

Articles on UK private equity, featuring latest news on buyouts, investments and exits, plus analysis on the advantages and risks for investors and those seeking capital.

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Streetcar shows desire

The UK’s largest pay-as-you-go car club, Streetcar, has received £6.4 million funding from London-based private equity firm Smedvig Capital.

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CBI chief praises private equity model

Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry Richard Lambert has praised private equity houses, saying they offer a compelling model to improve business performance which has seen companies return to the stock markets in far more robust shape than when they were previously listed.

Venture Capital Funding

Graphite’s considered approach

Graphite has been behind some of the real success stories of UK businesses during the past decade, such as restaurant chain Wagamama and the electrical goods outfit Maplin.

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Penta gains control of Geronimo

Penta Capital, a Glasgow-based private equity fund manager, has acquired a controlling stake in Geronimo Inns by investing up to £10 million into the pub chain. Barclays Bank is also funding up to £14.5 million in the deal. The money raised will finance growth and acquisitions.

Alternative Finance for Business

What makes one private equity funder better than another?

Looking for private equity backing? With the current market providing such rich pickings there is all the more reason to be discerning and the question is: what makes one private equity funder better than another for a particular management team?

Alternative Finance for Business

Private equity: Finding a match

The primary reason for seeking funding from a private equity backer is, of course, to raise capital. But increasingly management teams are finding that it is not the financial terms that differentiate one equity provider from the next. We talk to The Works and Robinia Healthcare about what makes one PE investor stand out from the rest.

Alternative Finance for Business

The importance of the management team in private equity

What do private equity backers look for in potential investments? Most of all, a top-calibre management team, says Paul Marson-Smith, chief executive of mid-market investment business Gresham Private Equity.

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Dixons founder lured by Acorn

Lord Kalms of Edgware, the founder and now life president of Dixons, has joined the board of European soft drinks start-up Acorn Brands as chairman, while Fleming Family & Partners has made €100 million (£69 million) available to fund expansion.

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PPM tackles Azzurri

PPM Capital, the private equity arm of Prudential, has acquired information and communication technology consultant Azzurri Communications in a £182.5 million deal.

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UK investment hits record high

2005 was a record year for the UK private equity industry, with more than £11.7 billion being invested in 1,535 businesses worldwide (up from £9.7 billion in 2004), according to new figures from the British Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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NBGI warms to Superglass

NBGI Private Equity, the mid-market investment group that backs businesses operating in the traditional economies, has supported the £40 million MBO of Stirling-based insulation manufacturer Superglass.

Venture Capital Funding

VCs with money to burn

The venture capital markets are awash with record levels of cash, which is good news for growing companies in need of funding. But the bad news is that investors are being more picky than ever before.