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17 February 2012

Former Blackstone dealmaker’s Augusta Columbia continues recruitment drive

microchip5_sq Augusta Columbia Capital, the technology-focused mid-market private equity firm founded by former Blackstone dealmaker Chip Schorr, has hired Jeff Clarke as a managing partner in its San Francisco office.

17 February 2012

Carlyle to lower management fees for $10bn fund

Global private equity firm Carlyle Group will begin marketing a new $10bn buy-out fund to LPs as soon as April this year, and has also reduced the fees for large investors.

16 February 2012

Capital Dynamics closes latest US venture fund of funds on $111m

dollars10_sq Global fund of funds manager Capital Dynamics has closed its latest US venture fund with commitments of $111m.

16 February 2012

Fundraising, exits dent US private equity performancep

Despite higher investment levels, overall private equity activity in the US fell during the fourth quarter of 2011, primarily driven by muted fundraising and exit activity.

16 February 2012

Village Ventures to wind down

spinning-top_lrg Village Ventures, a US financial services and media-focused venture capital firm with $175m under management, is to wind down.

16 February 2012

IPO activity boosts Harbourvest funds

HarbourVest Private Equity, the listed fund of funds arm of HarbourVest Partners, saw its NAV rise again last month on the back of underlying stakes in floated investments such as Groupon and Zynga.

16 February 2012

Buy-out values, volumes rise for Canadian private equityp

Canadian private equity buy-outs enjoyed something of a recovery in 2011, with a record number of deals, and dollar amounts reaching the highest levels in three years.

15 February 2012

iNovia Capital adds entrepreneur in residence, venture partner

canada2_lrg Following the recent close of its third fund on C$110m, early stage venture firm iNovia Capital has added David Nault as entrepreneur in residence.

15 February 2012

Biotech company Celladon seals $43m led by Pfizer Venture Investments

Biopharmaceutical company Celladon has completed a $43m equity financing led by corporate investment group Pfizer Venture Investments alongside new investors Lundbeckfond Ventures, Novartis Venture Funds, H&Q Healthcare/Life Sciences Investors, and GBS Venture Partners.

15 February 2012

US mid-market firm Parthenon Capital Partners hits hard cap with $700m

parthenon_170sq US mid-market firm Parthenon Capital Partners has closed its fourth fund, Parthenon Investors IV, on its hard cap of $700m, exceeding its fund target of $600m.

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