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9 May 2014

Private equity can address ‘fiscal challenge’ confronting Australian economyp

Next week’s announcement of Australia’s federal budget should be framed around policies that help support a more innovative and internationally competitive Australian economy, according to the Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.

8 May 2014

Bain Capital acquires majority stake in smoothie chain Boost Juice Bars

australia_koala_170sq Bain Capital has agreed to buy a 70 per cent stake in Australian drink bar franchise Boost Juice Bars from fellow private equity firm The Riverside Company.

7 May 2014

Denham Capital launches Australian mining company with $200m investment

Resources and energy-focused global private equity firm Denham Capital has invested $200m in Pembroke Resources, a newly-formed mining company based in Sydney.

1 May 2014

Australian private equity industry attacks government decision to scrap funding programmes

australia_koala_170sq Australia’s private equity and venture capital association (AVCAL) criticised the National Commission of Audit’s recommendations to abolish innovation funding programmes.

28 April 2014

Pacific Equity Partners eyes A$1bn Spotless Group IPO

australia_koala_170sq Australia’s largest buyout house Pacific Equity Partners is eyeing an A$1bn IPO portfolio company Spotless Group two years after buying the business.

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.

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