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2 February 2012

Duke Street pulls plug on £850m fund

pounds3_lrg British mid-market private equity firm Duke Street has shelved plans to raise an £850m fund, reflecting the increasingly low levels of enthusiasm for private equity as an asset class amongst investors.

1 February 2012

Bain Capital Ventures closes $600m fund

The venture arm of global buy-out giant Bain Capital has closed its fifth fund with commitments of $600m.

1 February 2012

Andreessen Horowitz raises $1.5bn for new fund

US venture capital heavyweight Andreessen Horowitz, which counts Airbnb, Zynga and Facebook among its current investments, has raised $1.5bn for its latest fund.

31 January 2012

OMERS Ventures backs Canadian accelerator programme

canada_lrg Canadian venture capital firms including OMERS Ventures have committed $7m to the launch of a new start-up accelerator programme to foster new start-up companies in the country.

30 January 2012

Wermuth targets €200m for Russia-focused cleantech fund

German family office Wermuth Asset Management is targeting a total fund size of €200m for its Tatarstan Cleantech Fund, which is said to be the first ever international fund with a specific focus on Russia, and in particular, the Republic of Tatarstan.

30 January 2012

SAIL Capital Partners launches cleantech joint venture in Canada

SAIL Venture Partners, the early stage venture arm of cleantech investment firm SAIL Capital Partners, has partnered with financial services holding company Stifel to establish a joint venture in Canada.

30 January 2012

New Enterprise Associates backs Experiment seed fund for students

kb_logo_harvard_lrg Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates has backed the launch of the Experiment Fund, a new seed stage investment fund.

27 January 2012

Unison Capital fund cut reignites debate over Japanese buy-out sectorp

In a country with the second most privately owned assets in the world after the US, a buy-out firm having to cut the size of its fund due to a lack of deals might come as a surprise to many investors.

27 January 2012

Dowling Capital Partners closes inaugural fund

Connecticut-based private equity firm Dowling Capital Management has held a final closing on $160m on its debut fund. The vehicle had an original target of $250m according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. LPs include global insurance underwriters and brokers as well as industry executives, the firm said. The firm typically invests[...]

27 January 2012

IFC, UK government establish fund of funds for green projects in emerging markets

The IFC has partnered with the UK government to establish the IFC Climate Catalyst Fund, a private equity fund of funds focused on growth capital investments in resource efficiency and low-emission companies in emerging markets.

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