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3 April 2012

US cleantech developer Sapphire Energy raises $144m in Series C

US algae-to-fuel company Sapphire Energy has secured the final tranche of a $144m Series C investment round.

3 April 2012

Infrastructure funds struggle for capital in 2012p

Despite infrastructure fundraising declining for the first quarter of 2012, a number of interim closes pointed to better times ahead as the sector continue to attract fresh capital from investors.

3 April 2012

First Reserve co-head to step down amid management restructuring

news_metal_steps_lrg A co-head of energy-focused buyout firm First Reserve is to stand down at the end of the month amid a management restructuring, its limited partners have been told.

3 April 2012

Macquarie readies $2bn North America infrastructure fund

Macquarie Group is looking to raise $2bn for its latest US and Canada-focused infrastructure fund, marking the Australian investment bank’s third investment vehicle focused on the region.

3 April 2012

Denham Capital closes $3bn energy, natural resources fund

oil-ship_lrg Energy and resources-focused private equity firm Denham Capital has closed its sixth fund, Denham Commodity Partners Fund VI, with commitments of $3bn.

3 April 2012

Orbimed, Safeguard lead $14m financing for Good Start Genetics

news_dna2.lrg_ Existing investors OrbiMed Advisors and Safeguard Scientifics have led a $14m financing round for molecular diagnostics company Good Start Genetics.

3 April 2012

Apollo adds Stone Tower Capital to credit management portfolio

Alternative asset manager Apollo Global Management has completed the acquisition of alternative credit manager Stone Tower Capital.

3 April 2012

Competition fierce as first quarter fundraising kicks offp

news_tunnel_blur_lrg Private equity fundraising has remained relatively steady in the first quarter of the year, coming close to matching that of the final period for 2011.

2 April 2012

Blackstone, Bain-backed Michaels Stores files for $500m IPO

Michaels Stores, the US arts and crafts retailer owned by global private equity firms Blackstone and Bain Capital, has filed to raise up to $500m in what could be this year’s biggest initial public offering in the retail sector.

2 April 2012

KKR in $306m deal for WPX Energy’s Texas, Oklahoma assets

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts plans to buy energy assets covering two US states for $306m from WPX Energy.

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