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3 June 2010

CDC commits $50m to sub-Saharan sustainable forestry fund

UK government owned developmental fund of funds CDC has committed $50m as a cornerstone investor to the first private equity fund to focus exclusively on sustainable forestry in sub-Saharan Africa.

2 June 2010

Lombard Odier’s PE business takes independent route

Swiss investment bank Lombard Odier has sold its private equity fund of funds business, with management buying out the unit to form the newly independent Akina Partners.

1 June 2010

UK Future Technology Fund makes second commitment

A UK government-backed fund of funds initiative to stimulate technological innovation in the country has made its second commitment, to a fund managed by Acton Capital Partners.

27 May 2010

Partners Group looks to the Middle East with new Dubai office

Swiss alternative asset manager Partners Group is to scale up its exposure to opportunities in India and the MENA region with the opening of a new office in Dubai.

21 May 2010

SWIP strengthens PE team with new hire

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, the asset management division of pension and investment provider Scottish Widows, has ramped up its private equity capabilities with the appointment of Narcisa Sehovic as investment manager.

20 May 2010

EBRD commits $50m to secondaries fund

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a development finance institution that aims to enhance poorer economies in Europe, has said that it will commit $50m to a new fund that aims to invest in the private equity secondary market.

19 May 2010

HVPE completes London secondary offering

HarbourVest Global Private Equity, the listed arm of fund of funds HarbourVest Partners, has completed a secondary offering in London to diversify its shareholder base and raise its profile through its listing on two bourses.

4 May 2010

Conversus sees buy-out fund distributions

Conversus Capital, the Euronext-listed private equity fund of funds, saw $91m in distributions flow in during the first quarter of the year, a sign that general partners are now beginning to exit companies and return money to investors.

28 April 2010

Keystone National closes $75m fund of funds

Lower mid-market private equity firm Keystone National has closed its latest fund of funds on $74.5m, with commitments from family offices, foundations and high-net worth investors.

26 April 2010

HarbourVest to open Tokyo office

HarbourVest Partners, a private equity fund of funds headquartered in Boston, will soon open a Tokyo office headed by Tatsuya Kubo, an alternative investment manager for Fortress Investment Group in Japan, according to reports.

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