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Archive for March, 2003

4 March 2003

Soros Private Equity Partners acquires PolymerLatex in transaction valued at E235m

Global private equity firm Soros Private Equity Partners, owned by billionaire George Soros, has bought latex producer PolymerLatex from Germany-based Bayer and Degussa AG in a transaction valued at E235m.

4 March 2003

Asia & Australasia: February 2003

Merrill backs new Japan fund, 3i pulls back from Japan and GMO enters into Asian market…

4 March 2003

Western Europe: February 2003

Spanish private equity investment levels drop 20 per cent in 2002, Vision Capital acquires majority of Morgan Grenfell portfolio investments, Merrill Lynch closes European private placement business …

4 March 2003

Investors’ agitation about private equity fund management fees intensifies

Institutional investors are beginning to act more determinedly to address their longstanding irritation about the size of the management fees charged by private equity firms, according to a panel of speakers at an industry conference in Munich.

4 March 2003

Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein predicts further insitutionalisation of private equity

David Rubenstein, co-founder of private equity giant The Carlyle Group, has predicted that firms like his will may go public, a further institutionalisation of the private equity industry, by founding partners attempting to manage succession issues.

4 March 2003

Canadian private equity investment levels down 35 per cent year on year in 2002

The amount invested in Canadian companies by private equity firms slipped to Can $2.5bn in 2002, down 35 per cent from the Can $3.8bn invested in 2001.

4 March 2003

US biotech venture specialist Quaker holds initial fund close on $180m

Quaker BioVentures, the US life sciences venture specialist, has reportedly held a first close on its debut fund of $180m, more than half way towards its target of $300m.

4 March 2003

Trends: February 2003

US VCs making new investments again, UK investors to increase private equity allocation, boost to buy-out levels expected…

4 March 2003

Funds: February 2003

ISIS holds second close for third fund with E143m, PolyTechnos raises E130m for final close of second venture fund, AGF launches new E200m fund of funds, Intersouth closes early-stage venture fund, EDS closes down venture operations, Sevin Rosen cuts fund size, Catalyst/Hall launches mid-market buy-out fund…

4 March 2003

Complete monthly roundup: February 2003

All the month's most important stories from across the globe in one, easy to print format. Essential reading for those who need to keep up-to-date with the industry's key developments.

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