Robert Venes is assistant editor of equities and structured equity at IFR. Robert joined IFR in late 2009 from sister title Acquisitions Monthly, where he focused on private equity transactions and fundraisings. He was previously associate editor at Private Equity International and, before that, editor of Venturedome.
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BKS Bank reported 43% take-up for its €57.3m capital increase last Friday, with the balance acquired by institutional investors in a follow-on. The bank said that it had attracted a number of new investors through the fundraising.
After a very long wait, investors in Celon Pharma got to see the drugmaker’s shares trade up 19% on debut last Monday.
Books were covered within the 225p–275p price range on the minimum deal size for ConvaTec’s London Stock Exchange IPO last Tuesday morning. At present, the minimum deal comprises the primary proceeds target of US$1.8bn, which will be used to reduce the group’s debt load.