The rise of the robots

The latest funding raised by Aldebaran is a sign that the age of mass market, domestic robots is just around the corner.

LGV sells Classic Hospitals to Cinven’s Spire

LGV Capital has sold Classic Hospitals Group to Cinven-backed Spire Healthcare for £145m (€214m).

The golden age

It’s a fairly well documented phenomenon (at least in Real Deals) that when big buyout bosses speak in public, they can often be strangely out of touch. But last summer their faux pas extended to a fundamental misreading of the financial situation.

Private equity firms circle Character World

Several regional private equity firms are believed to be interested in acquiring household textile business Character World, as the company’s founder seeks to retire.

A trick abroad

The expense of continental Europe’s complex tax regulations can be minimised with some advance planning, says Damien Crossley of Macfarlanes.

Virgin Green Fund leads Odersun funding round

Solar cell manufacturer Odersun has raised 40m in venture financing and 21m in government grants to build its second factory.