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13 April 2012

Hellman & Friedman mulls sale of turnaround consultancy AlixPartners

lightbulb_lrg US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman is mulling the sale of portfolio company AlixPartners, a consultancy firm focused on corporate restructurings.

13 April 2012

Data and analytics trend attracts private equity to information industryp

A significant proportion of M&A in the information sector was driven by private equity, as investors seek to capitalise on the market need for software solutions to manage increasingly large amounts of web data.

12 April 2012

Natural Gas Partners launches Northstar Offshore to work Gulf of Mexico

Energy investment firm Natural Gas Partners (NGP) has launched a new company to start oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico shelf.

12 April 2012

US renewables company Harvest Power raises $110m in Series C

US bioenergy developerHarvest Power has raised $110m in a Series C financing round led by early stage VC firm True North Venture Partners.

12 April 2012

US communications industry set for 5.6% growth in 2012p

Driven by an improving economy and stronger-than-expected results across all digital media, US communications industry spending increased in 2011 and looks to further outpace the US economy in 2012, according to specialist private equity group Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

12 April 2012

Texas teachers’ pension head Steve LeBlanc to return to private sector

news_exitsign.lrg_ Pioneering pension fund head Steve LeBlanc plans to return to the private sector after handing in his notice at the $110bn Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

12 April 2012

Lovell Minnick hires ex-Commerzbank exec Heinz Hockmann as buyout advisor

Financial services-focused buyout house Lovell Minnick Partners has hired former Commerzbank executive Heinz Hockmann as a senior advisor.

12 April 2012

Solar-focused VC investment sees volume up, value down in 2012p

Venture capital funding in the solar sector was off to a slow start in Q1 2012. VC funding for the quarter came to $329m across 34 deals, the lowest dollar amount recorded since Q4 2010, however venture investors were still active in the space with 34 deals funded, the highest ever recorded.

12 April 2012

Morgan Stanley fund of funds arm raises $1.3bn

Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners has raised about $1.3bn for its fifth private equity fund and related accounts.

12 April 2012

Oaktree floats first shares for $380m, 25 per cent less than hoped

news_float_lrg The world’s largest distressed debt investor Oaktree Capital Management has raised more than $380m in its IPO, about one quarter less than it was seeking.

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