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Schroder Ventures moves closer to autonomy

Schroders’ share in the carried interest on the venture capital company’s existing fund is down to 2 per cent out of 20 per cent.

Fyffes scales back worldoffruit

The fruit developer has axed plans to develop its internet venture worldoffruit and has laid-off half the portal’s 20 staff.

bmp AG and IBM link up

IBM will provide technical support, geared specially to start-ups, for bmp AG and its associated companies.

Baring Central European Fund raises E75m at first closing

The fund will focus on investments in Poland, Hungary and other Central European countries.

3i leads E8m second round financing for ChemUnity

Chemical e-marketplace ChemUnity.com will use the funds to develop software.

Jumbo European mezzanine fund from CapVest

CapVest Equity Partners, part owned by US insurer AIG, is launching a E1bn fund to invest in the European mezzanine market.

Bridgepoint buys and builds with Protocol

Protocol is paying £76m to acquire the two divisions of Spring PLC that provide supply teachers and vocational training services in the UK.

Schroders to offer private equity FoF

The private banking operation of Schroders intends to offer both its private banking and institutional clients a private equity fund of funds [FoF] in early 2001.

RBPE buys Vickers units from Rolls Royce

The private equity group has acquired the precision engineering businesses from the aero engine specialists for £74m.

3i and Bank of Scotland back £375m MBO of Fairview Holdings

Another public to private move by a property company produces 3i’s biggest deal this year.

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