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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.

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.

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.

20 March 2014

Policy support needed to align Australian superannuation funds with growth capital investmentp

There are very clear changes that can be made to the policy landscape to better align the long-term interests of superannuation fund members with the long-term investment horizon required to provide innovation and growth capital for Australian businesses.

18 March 2014

Macquarie to sell private equity fund of funds arm to management team

Australian investment banking giant Macquarie Group has reportedly agreed to sell its private equity funds of funds division to the unit’s three managers.

13 March 2014

Yellow Brick Capital backs online education course business Smart Sparrow

Australian education technology startup Smart Sparrow has picked up $10m of funding led by London-based Yellow Brick Capital following it setting up in San Francisco.

13 March 2014

Kerogen Capital backs Asia Pacific oil & gas exploration company Twinza

Energy-focused private equity firm Kerogen Capital has invested $27m in Twinza Oil, a private Asia Pacific-focused exploration and production company.

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