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27 February 2012

Newgate Capital, White Challis launch Florida real estate fund

Newgate Capital and its venture capital partner White Challis Redevelopment have launched a new fund aimed at redeveloping historic properties in Florida.

27 February 2012

Venture capital-backed deal activity set to grow in 2012p

balloon_sq The venture capital-backed secondary market is likely to reach record volumes this year, with growth driven by its role as an alternative to floating on the public market.

27 February 2012

NEA, August Capital join $21.7m financing round for optical chip specialist Luxtera

NEA was among a host of investors making up a $21.7m financing round for optical computer chip specialist Luxtera.

27 February 2012

Listed bioenergy company Amyris receives further investment

oak-tree_lrg Nasdaq-listed biofuels specialist Amyris has secured a $58.7m private placement of its common stock and entered into a definitive agreement to privately place $25m in unsecured notes from existing investors including Total and Temasek, as well as new entrant Biolding Investment.

27 February 2012

Blackstone plans $4.5bn Pinnacle Foods IPO this year

pancake_sq Blackstone has interviewed banks to run the initial public offering of Pinnacle, the North American branded food distributor the US private equity firm bought for $2.16bn in cash in 2007.

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.

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