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An infrastructure consortium including Credit Suisse and GE Infrastructure has paid a reported €750m to acquire London City Airport.
The founder of Apax Partners is courting investors for a new alternative asset management business, Portland Capital, reportedly in partnership with Lord Rothschild.
The US and UK-based investor has paid £571m for 290 managed pubs from Punch Taverns, its largest deal in Europe to date.
European mezzanine provider Intermediate Capital Group also put a record amount of capital to work in the fourteen months to 2005, arranging or providing £899m of debt financing.
Leisure parks in Europe attract customers from across the world. US and European private equity firms, it seems, are also along for the ride. By Robert Venes.
Universities Superannuation Scheme, a UK pension fund with £22bn under management, is reportedly thinking of moving up to 20% of assets into strategies including private equity and infrastructure.
Kuwaiti investment bank Global Investment House has launched its second vehicle aimed at pre-IPO and IPO opportunities in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
Private equity proved to be the best performing asset class for PGGM in 2005.
The Southern European buyout firm has taken a majority stake in Spain’s INAER.
Texas Pacific Group is to sell the majority of its stake in the Italian bike firm to European private equity firm InvestIndustrial.

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