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15 February 2012

European debt crisis drags down US private equity industryp

us-flag6_sq The outlook for the US alternatives space took a blow as returns on investments in US private equity and venture capital funds were found to be negative for the third quarter, marking the end of a series of nine consecutive quarters of positive performance for both alternative asset classes.

15 February 2012

Mezzanine, private capital fill void left by senior lendersp

Private capital finance is taking on a greater responsibility to fill the gap being left by senior lenders, with mezzanine financing growing in appeal as a target strategy as investors seek to gain good returns with lower risk.

15 February 2012

German early stage investor Target Partners backs home climate control company tado°

thermometer_170sq Munich-based venture capital firm Target Partners has invested in home climate control company tado°.

15 February 2012

Québec sees 50% spike in venture investment, fundraising still flatp

montreal_170sq Québec's venture capital market enjoyed considerable growth in 2011, with investments in the region totalling C$549m in 2011, up 48 per cent from the $370m invested in 2010, bringing the region back to the annual investment levels last seen before the financial crisis.

15 February 2012

LPs seek to improve the quality of informationp

pen_170sq Limited partners are beginning to acknowledge that they could improve their processes and monitoring of their fund portfolios as part of their fiduciary duty, as they seek to gain a better understanding of the information they receive.

15 February 2012

Internet TV platform Aureo secures $20.5m in Series A round

news_tv3_lrg Internet-based television platform Aereo has secured $20.5m in Series A financing led by Nasdaq-listed IAC, in a round that also saw participation from FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, High Line Venture Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

15 February 2012

First Reserve hires GE oil & gas head as COO

firstreserve_santiago_170sq Energy-focused private equity group First Reserve has added Claudi Santiago as a managing director and COO to be based in the firm’s London office.

15 February 2012

Better Capital shares continue to trade at a premium

moulton_170sq Better Capital, the listed UK turnaround investor established by former Alchemy Partners founder Jon Moulton, has announced its first interim management statement since converting to a protected cell company.

15 February 2012

European bank eyes up to 8 commitments to green funds in 2012p

A major European development bank has revealed it will look to invest in up to eight green funds over the course of 2012.

15 February 2012

California’s Horizon Ventures completes secondary fund sale

Californian venture firm Horizon Ventures has sold its interest in Horizon Ventures Fund II, previously owned by the U.S. Small Business Administration to two secondary investors.

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