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1 June 2011

CDC to ramp up direct investment, focus on poorest emerging markets in restructure

A rise in direct investment, reduced pay, a shift away from sectors attracting private sector capital, and a focus on the poorest frontier markets are among the conclusions of a review of the activities of state developing markets fund of funds investor CDC by the UK government.

27 May 2011

SVG Capital writes down Freescale stake value post-IPO

UK private equity fund of funds SVG Capital has written down the value of its stake in microchip giant Freescale Semiconductor, following the company’s IPO this week.

16 May 2011

Tchenguiz looks to exit Aberdeen Private Equity stake

An investment company owned by property billionaire Vincent Tchenguiz is looking to exit its stake in listed private equity fund of funds Aberdeen Private Equity, two years after overthrowing its board.

13 May 2011

Mantra Investissement seeks to overturn Private Equity Holdings board

Mantra Investissement, a French investor in listed private equity, has teamed up with activist investor Guy Wyser-Pratte to launch an attack on the board of Swiss listed fund of funds Private Equity Holding, over accusations that the firm has failed to improve shareholder value.

27 April 2011

Zero2IPO launches the first RMB fund of funds

Chinese research and investment business Zero2IPO has become the first private company to launch a private equity fund of funds denominated in Chinese currency.

26 April 2011

HarbourVest in bid to take over Absolute Private Equity

London and Amsterdam-listed private equity firm HarbourVest has launched a bid to take over fund of funds and secondary investor Absolute Private Equity, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

14 April 2011

Conversus launches $50m tender offer

Euronext-listed private equity fund of funds Conversus Capital has announced an offer to purchase up to $50m-worth of its outstanding shares.

5 April 2011

Portfolio Advisors closes sixth fund of funds on $1.1bn

Connecticut-based investor Portfolio Advisors has closed its sixth fund of funds with commitments of $1.1bn.

14 March 2011

Alliance Trust to shutter private equity unit

UK listed financial services company Alliance Trust is to shut down its private equity investment arm, Alliance Trust Equity Partners.

8 March 2011

ACG Private Equity acquires Gimar fund of funds manager, launches €150m secondaries fund

French fund of funds investor ACG Private Equity has acquired the private equity fund of funds management unit of financial services company Gimar Financial.

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