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8 February 2012

Data storage hardware maker Pivot3 nets $23m from Samsung Ventures

Pivot3, a provider of unified storage and compute appliances, has closed a $23m round of new equity financing led by Samsung Ventures.

8 February 2012

ILPA launches new benchmark for institutional investors in private equity

The Institutional Limited Partners Association has announced a collaboration with investment advisory group Cambridge Associates to create an industry benchmark for institutional investors in private equity.

8 February 2012

General Atlantic bankrolls HIG-backed FNZ’s growth ambitions

pounds3_lrg Global growth investor General Atlantic, alongside existing investors HIG Europe and FNZ senior management, has bought a joint stake in wrap software company FNZ Group through a purchase of shares.

8 February 2012

Venture Capital Bank, Alkhair partner for Turkish juice maker Goknur

MENA-focused Islamic investment firm Venture Capital Bank and Bahrain’s Bank Alkhair have bought a 65 per cent stake in Turkish fruit juice and puree maker Goknur Foods, marking one of the largest investments in the agro-food sector in Turkey.

8 February 2012

CalSTRS awards Australia’s IFM $500m infrastructure mandate

infrastructure4_lrg The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the largest teachers’ pension fund in the US, has awarded Melbourne-based investment manager Industry Funds Management an infrastructure mandate of up to $500m, representing one of the largest single US fund management commitments made in the sector.

8 February 2012

Israel’s private equity activity up 18% in 2011, hits $2.88bnp

news_telaviv_lrg In 2011, 60 Israeli private equity deals attracted $2.88bn, an 18 per cent increase from $2.44bn attracted by 65 deals in 2010. Ten deals, each more than $100m, accounted for $2.15bn or 75 per cent of the total amount.

8 February 2012

Hudson Ventures raises third tech fund

New York-based technology-focused venture capital firm Hudson Ventures is seeking $40m for its third vehicle, having already raised $17.4m through commitments from 29 investors, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm, which has over $170m of capital under management, typically targets technology companies with a focus on enterprise software[...]

8 February 2012

Cautious acquisition finance market leads to alternative routes to capitalp

A cautious outlook characterises the European acquisition debt markets at the start to 2012, following the downturn that hit the markets in the second half of 2011, with alternative funding sources set to come to the fore.

8 February 2012

Pieris nets €1m grant from German Federal Ministry for Education and Research

German biotechnology company Pieris has received a €1m grant from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research to support the development of its PRS-110 compound targeting c-Met, a cellular receptor that plays a key role in cancer cell growth and metastasis.

8 February 2012

ESG issues feature strongly as investors seek to manage riskp

news_survey_lrg Assessment of ESG issues are increasingly becoming an integral part of due diligence, as investors look to mitigate risk across a range of areas.

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