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27 February 2012

Blackstone agrees $2bn Cheniere Energy Partners tie-upp

Global private equity heavyweight Blackstone has agreed to finance a gas liquefaction project being built in Louisiana by Cheniere Energy Partners, as an increase in natural gas production on domestic turf forces US producers to seek backing for the development of additional export plants.

27 February 2012

Platinum Partners takes equity share in Proteus Energy

Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities Fund has taken an equity share in oil company Proteus Energy in return for a $10m secured line of credit.

27 February 2012

Apollo confirms $7.15bn deal for El Paso oil & gas arm

Apollo Global Management has agreed the second-biggest private equity buy-out of an energy producer in history with its $7.15bn deal for the oil and gas exploration arm of El Paso.

27 February 2012

Blackstone appoints real estate head Jon Gray to its board of directors

Blackstone has appointed Jon Gray to its board of directors. He is the global head of Blackstone’s real estate business.

24 February 2012

OMERS posts 3.2% return buoyed by private market portfolio

Canadian pension major OMERS generated a 3.2 per cent return last year, buoyed largely by the performance of its private equity and private market portfolio.

24 February 2012

Oak Investment Partners inks $11m financing deal with Milyoni

Oak Investment Partners has led an £11m financing round in social entertainment company Milyoni.

24 February 2012

Québec’s Caisse De Dépôt returns C$1.1bn from private equity portfolio

Canadian pension fund The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec saw a 7.1 per cent return on its private equity portfolio in 2011, generating C$1.1bn.

24 February 2012

FourWinds capital invests $6.5m in sewer inspection tech company RedZone

FourWinds Capital Management has invested $6.5m in wastewater inspection tech manufacturer RedZone Robotics through its Waste Resources Fund.

24 February 2012

Firsthand Technology Value Fund increases stake in Facebook

Firsthand Technology Value Fund has bought another 50,000 shares in Facebook ahead of a potential £100bn IPO.

24 February 2012

Apollo Global Management nears $7bn El Paso deal

A consortium of investors headed by private equity major Apollo Global Management is close to clinching the exploration and production division of US pipeline operator El Paso Corp, in a deal that is said to be valued at around $7bn.

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