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23 Jul 2014

First Reserve promotes two VPs from buyout funds team

business-tie-4-602448-m Energy-focused PE major First Reserve has appointed two buyout fund team members Jesse Krynak and David McFarland to vice president.

23 Jul 2014

Kleiner Perkins in $31m funding round for solar company

sunshine-1377701-m Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has taken part in a $31m financing round for solar cell maker Solexel.

23 Jul 2014

Oak Investment in $30m round for small business accounting company

calendar-2-77962-m Venture capital firm Oak Investment Partners has led a $30m debut financing round for cloud accounting company FreshBooks.

23 Jul 2014

Max Property to be sold to Blackstone Real Estate for £448m two years ahead of plan

house Property entrepreneur Nick Leslau has reportedly agreed to sell Aim-listed Max Property Group to Blackstone Real Estate Partners for £448m.

23 Jul 2014

Lexington, AlpInvest eye half JP Morgan $4.5bn buyout arm portfolio

dollars100 Private equity secondaries majors Lexington Partners and AlpInvest are reportedly set to pick up half of JP Morgan buyout arm One Equity Partners’ $4.5bn portfolio.

23 Jul 2014

Danish venture capital hits greatest heights since start of Eurozone troublesp

copenhagen The Danish venture capital industry is returning to health following the crisis after making more than NOK350m ($56m) in the first quarter of this year.

23 Jul 2014

Africa’s Ascent Capital closes East Africa fund on $50m

africa-grow-green-shoot Africa-focused private equity firm Ascent Capital has held a $50m final close for a new growth capital vehicle targeting East Africa.

23 Jul 2014

Helion joins Series A round for India cloud-company Workspot

dollars_170sq Helion Ventures has lead a $6.5m Series A funding round for cloud solution company Workspot.

23 Jul 2014

Arsenal Capital poaches Providence managing director for IR role

handshake-908059-m New York-based mid-market buyout house Arsenal Capital Partners has hired Providence Equity’s Grace Kim as a principal in its investor relations department.

23 Jul 2014

Piton leads $25m Series C round for restaurant booking platform Quandoo

restaurant Piton Capital has led a Series C funding round for restaurant reservation platform Quandoo.

23 Jul 2014

Roark exits Fastsigns to Levine Leichtman after more than ten years

sign_lrg Atlanta-based buyout house Roark Capital has finally exited signs and graphics business Fastsigns after Levine Leichtman Capital Partners agreed to pick up the 2003 investment.

23 Jul 2014

QuestMark, Matrix in $27m Series D for cloud-based financing company

cloud QuestMark Partners has led a $27m Series D financing round for supplier financing company Taulia.

23 Jul 2014

Chinese pork giant WH Group eyes $2.3bn from revived Hong Kong IPO

Smithfield Private equity backed pork production giant WH Group has relaunched its recently scrapped IPO in the hope of raising $2.3bn.

23 Jul 2014

KPERS board allocates $100m to Hellman fund and real estate vehiclep

kansas-1166902-m The board of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System has allocated $50m to service-sector-focused Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners and the same amount to a real estate fund.

22 Jul 2014

DFJ leads $25m Series C for food safety software platform icix

icix Venture capital firms including Draper Fisher Jurvetson have invested $25m in food safety compliance startup icix through a Series C funding round.

22 Jul 2014

Smart grid investment by venture capital firms dropsp

car charging Venture capital investment in the smart grid sector dropped by about 20 per cent in the second quarter of 2014 as dealmaking in the area slowed, new research shows.

22 Jul 2014

Guardian over half way to Fund II target with $87m registered commitments

half full Lower mid-market focused Guardian Capital Partners is more than halfway to its $150m target having harvested $87.1m from LPs.

22 Jul 2014

Behrman Capital seals $410m div recap of 2003 investment ILC Industries

microchip5_sq1 US buyout house Behrman Capital has completed a $410m refinancing for industrial and military microelectronics business ILC Industries.

22 Jul 2014

NorthEdge promotes two as debut fund dealmaking continues

Tom Rowley NorthEdge UK private equity firm NorthEdge Capital has made a pair of promotions as investment from its recently closed debut fund continues apace.

22 Jul 2014

Battery powers $120m AppDynamics financing round

network data Software application monitoring service AppDynamics has brought its total financing to more than $200m thanks to a new growth round led by a trio of venture capital firms.



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