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Past Press Releases - 3i Group plc

October 20, 2008
The last dash for gas?
As Europe continues to tackle spiralling energy costs, security of supply and climate change, 3i, the international private equity company, believes an increase in gas-fired power is the only way to prevent a shortfall in generation capacity within the next decade. More

June 1, 2007
3i acquires 25% of Finnish mobile operator DNA for €140 million
3i, world leading private equity and venture capital company, announces that it has acquired 25% of the shares of Finnet Oy (to be renamed DNA Oy), a leading Finnish mobile operator for €140 million More

April 27, 2007
3i, HgCapital and Neuhaus Partners sell DocMorris to Celesio
European private equity companies 3i and HgCapital along with venture-capital investor Neuhaus Partners are selling their stakes in mail-order pharmacy DocMorris, domiciled in Heerlen in the Netherlands. More

March 23, 2007
3i completes US$250m lead investment in Delta Hydrocarbons US$1bn fundraising
3i today announces that it has committed $250m to Delta Hydrocarbons (“Delta”) as part of its US$1 billion fundraising. More

February 9, 2007
D.Phone predicts 25% growth for China’s mobile market in 2007
News about 3i's latest Chinese investment in D.Phone, also known as Digitone, China's largest mobile phone retailer, and its optimism for the growth of the Chinese market. 3i is helping to fund its ambitious expansion plans in the region. More

January 22, 2007
Glucon closes financing round led by 3i
Glucon, Inc. of Boulder, CO, USA announced today that it has closed a private financing round. The financial investment was led by global venture capital firm 3i plc. More

December 8, 2006
GlaxoSmithKline to acquire 3i backed Domantis
3i will sell its stake in Domantis, a world-leader in the development of next generation antibody therapies, in an all cash deal valuing the company at £230m More

November 21, 2006
3i final close on Europe’s largest mid-market buyout fund
3i, a leading global private equity and venture capital company, today announces that its pan-European Buyout business has successfully completed the close of its latest buyout fund, ‘Eurofund V’. More

November 21, 2006
3i and SEB Företagsinvest divest stakes in SBL Vaccines in sale to Crucell
3i, world leading venture capital and private equity company, SEB Företagsinvest, a leading Nordic venture capitalist and other shareholders are divesting their stakes in SBL Vaccines, leading vaccine distributor in Sweden, in a sale to NASDAQ listed Dutch biotechnology company Crucell (CRXL). More

November 13, 2006
3i leads $20m funding of Netronome
3i venture capital first investment in Netronome Systems, Inc., a leading provider of deep packet inspection, content flow and virtual machine technologies. More

October 20, 2006
3i helps Nanogate AG to profitability and successful IPO
3i today announces the successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange of 3i backed Nanogate AG, offering a total of 603,000 shares in the company. More

October 2, 2006
3i sells stake in Vibtech to Sercel
3i announced the sale of its minority stake in Vibration Technology Limited, a developer of wireless solutions for the oil, gas and mineral exploration sector, to Sercel, a division of Compagnie General de Geophysique ('GGY'). More

July 20, 2006
Aggregator Television attracts £9 million from 3i, Amadeus and Intel Capital
3i leads investment in Aggregator TV over Broadband to assist expansion of services More

June 30, 2006
New forum to exploit growth opportunities for water technology sector
Three leading players to the water industry have launched a new forum to encourage the industry to exploit market opportunities by bringing water technology companies face-to-face with the investors and other industry stakeholders. More

June 2, 2006
3i makes 4.9x its money on Azzurri
3i, Europe's leading private equity and venture capital company, and funds managed by 3i, announce today it has sold its 75% stake in Azzurri Communications, the leading UK converged voice and data communications company, to a secondary buyout vehicle backed by Prudential Ventures (PPM) in a deal valuing the company at £182.5m. More

April 28, 2006
3i wins VC Deal of the Year from BVCA for its active VC role and investment in UbiNetics
3i, a world leading venture capital and private equity company, last night received the BVCA / Real Deals “Venture Capital Deal of the Year 2005” award for its successful investment in UbiNetics, a 3G chipset, testing and measurement specialist, at the annual awards ceremony in London. More

April 7, 2006
3i continues software success with Magix IPO
Berlin based international multimedia software provider MAGIX AG IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange More

February 9, 2006
3i supports RedLynx to grow interactive media business
Today, 3i's venture capital team is making a small first investment in startup Redlynx, Helsinki based provider of interactive content/technology for TV programming to broadcasters in over 20 countries, to help grow the business and assist with the globalisation of the business in the longer term. More

December 1, 2005
3i boosts growth of Poliris with €60m investment
3i, Europe's leading private equity company, today announces that it has invested €60m for a significant minority stake in Poliris. Paris-based Poliris is a leading content publisher of online real estate listings directories and property related information in France. More

August 30, 2005
3i invests in DVBH TV to mobile technology for rapid global expansion
3i is making this first investment in a high growth start-up, DiBcom, a French chipset company at the forefront of TV to mobile technology and the DVBH hype currently. The €24.5m funding round is the largest venture backed financing for a French headquartered company so far this year and will allow DiBcom to expand its sales and marketing presence in Asia and the US as well as its mobile TV product roadmap. More

July 28, 2005
3i builds Cambridge track record selling UbiNetics stake to CSR
3i, Europe’s leading venture capitalist, is selling its stake in UbiNetics to Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), the international short-range wireless company More

June 13, 2005
NordNav closes round with leading investors
NordNav closes round with leading investors to bring its unique software GPS receiver to mobile and automotive markets More

June 7, 2005
3i aids dtms growth from start-up to € multi-million sale to D+S
3i supported dtms over 7 years, via strategic guidance and financial capital, from start-up zero revenue status to become the largest independent German service number provider in the market generating revenues of €200m in 2004.

February 18, 2005
Giddins joins 3i
3i has appointed Alan Giddins as a Director within its European Buyout Business More


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