THIS MONTH: SEXING UP THE PORTFOLIO

Agent Provocateur (3i)
Bras, gloves, massage oils, whips and garters are among the products sold by this high-end retailer of racy lingerie. The mainstream appeal of the products has been boosted by the likes of Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kate Moss, whose famous faces have appeared in Agent Provocateur ads.

Aston Martin (Adeem Investment, Investment Dar)
The UK-based luxury sports carmarquee has, through the James Bond movies, continually reminded the world of its suave sophistication. Having ceased the production of race cars in 1989, the company moved successfully back into the racing world in 2005.

Ducati (InvestIndustrial)
Ducati earned its place in history when producing the world's fastest motorcycle to date in the 1960s. The brand's line of racing and racing-inspired bikes merge technical sophistication with Italian design style, making them some of the most yearned-for bikes on the road. TPG sold it to InvestIndustrial in 2005.

Green Mark Vodka (Lion Capital, Goldman Sachs)
In a country known for its love of vodka, being number one is no small feat. Russia's number one-selling brand was picked up in the acquisition of Russian Alcohol Group earlier this year. The deal also included one of Russia's fastest growing vodka brands, Zhuravli.

Halston (Hilco Consumer Capital)
This iconic clothing brand was the epitome of fashion in the 1970s with vintage pieces prized by fashion collectors and celebrities alike. With the backing of Hilco and Harvey Weinstein, the fashion house has been revived to much fanfare. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and Jimmy Choo president and cofounder Tamara Mellon are creative advisors to the relaunched company.

Hôtel de Crillon (Starwood Capital Group)
Located at the foot of the ChampsÉlysées, the opulent Hôtel de Crillon is one of the oldest and most exclusive hotels in the world. Frequented by Marie Antoinette in its early days, the hotel is today known for its debutante ball at which many of the world's most famous socialites have taken a bow.

Jimmy Choo (TowerBrook Capital Partners, Gala Capital)
A luxury shoe brand made famous by Carrie Bradshaw of US television show Sex and the City. From their famous shoes, the company has expanded into equally coveted bags and small leather goods.

Neiman Marcus (TPG, Warburg Pincus)
One of the most prestigious department stores in the US, stocking luxury merchandise that ranges from apparel to home furnishings. The Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog is noted for its outrageously extravagant gifts, ranging from a private concert with Elton John for $1.5 million to a $3.5 million prototype of a flying car.

Rachel Roy (TSM Capital)
Rachel Roy is famous both for being an up-and-coming designer as well as the wife of hip-hop mogul Damon Dash. The beautiful Roy is her fashion label's own best advertisement on the red carpets.

Valentino Group (Permira)
One of the world's powerhouse luxury fashion companies with ownership of its classic Valentino namesake, Hugo Boss and M Missoni among other swoonworthy brands. The company also owns a 45 percent stake in Proenza Schouler, an emerging label designed by fashion world darlings Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough.