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24 April 2014

Australia’s Pacific Equity Partners targets Fund V close before year-end

Australia and New Zealand focused Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) has raised A$1.1bn ($1bn) for its fifth fund, which has a final target of A$2.1bn.

17 April 2014

Placement agent FIRSTavenue hires Blackstone MD for new Sydney office

Placement agent FIRSTavenue has hired former Blackstone managing director Martin Donnelly as a partner to the firm’s new office in Sydney, Australia.

14 April 2014

Policy update crucial to enticing offshore investors to Australiap

A more expansive Significant Investor visa programme would help Australian businesses benefit from venture capital funding to fuel future economic growth.

9 April 2014

Superannuation Fund aims for “fluid exposure” to private equityp

“Looking forward, we’re increasingly focused on securing flexible mandates that provide us with the ability to dial our exposure to a specific investment opportunity up or down over time,” said Fiona Mackenzie at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

1 April 2014

Policy reform vital to directing Australian institutional capital into private equityp

Reform of some existing policy and regulatory frameworks is an important component of unlocking the potential for venture capital and private equity to play a broader role in funding more Australian businesses into the future, according to industry body AVCAL.

26 March 2014

CHAMP-backed Accolade Wines picks up $300m GE Capital financing facility

wine CHAMP Private Equity-backed wine business Accolade Wines has received a $300m financing facility from GE Capital International.

26 March 2014

Quadrant-backed Burson Auto Parts eyes A$220m IPO

Private equity-backed Australian car parts supplier Burson Auto Parts is reportedly planning to raise A$220m ($201m) via an IPO.

26 March 2014

NZ Super happy to build up illiquid asset basep

A focus on active investment strategies such as alternative assets reflects a concerted effort by the $18bn New Zealand Superannuation Fund to enhance its long-term performance, according to head of investments Fiona Mackenzie.

25 March 2014

Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures co-leads $20m Vend Series B round

news_cashbox_lrg Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures has led a $20m Series B round for online point of sale software business Vend alongside Square Peg Capital.

24 March 2014

EQT acquires Australia’s I-MED Radiology Network

medical monitor Private equity firm EQT Mid Market has agreed to buy Australian diagnostic imaging network I-MED Radiology Network.

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