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10 April 2012

H.I.G. Capital raises $268m for life science venture fund

H.I.G. Capital has closed its H.I.G. BioVentures II fund on $268m, exceeding its $250m target. The fund invests as part of the global private equity group’s dedicated life science investment affiliate.

10 April 2012

Listed markets rally with JOBS Act imminentp

Despite seventy-five percent of IPOs in the current quarter pricing within or below their anticipated initial pricing range in their first filing, new issuers successfully attracted very strong after-market investment interest.

10 April 2012

Catterton backs electronic cigarette maker NJOY with $20m funding

smoke Catterton Partners has injected $20m into electronic cigarette maker NJOY through its Growth Partners fund.

10 April 2012

Sun Capital enters vitamins market with Cornerstone purchase

Leveraged buyout specialist Sun Capital Partners has moved into the vitamins and dietary supplements market by acquiring Cornerstone Research & Development.

10 April 2012

Food, agri investor Arlon takes stake in Imperial Sugar’s Wholesome Sweeteners

news_sugar_lrg Food and agriculture investor Arlon has acquired a 50 per cent interest in Imperial Sugar Company’s Wholesome Sweeteners division for $60.4m in cash.

9 April 2012

North Bridge appoints Facebook technical opps exec Jonathan Heiliger

Multi-stage venture capital firm North Bridge Venture Partners has hired former Facebook vice president of technical operations Jonathan Heiliger as a general partner. He will be based in North Bridge’s Silicon Valley office, expanding the firm’s West Coast presence, the firm said.

9 April 2012

Bulk of US IPOs received PE, VC backingp

The vast majority of US IPOs in the first quarter of 2012 were backed by financial sponsors, benefitting from resurgent private equity and venture capital investment.

9 April 2012

Apollo Investment Corporation, Madison Capital partner for senior loan fund

Apollo Investment Corporation has become the anchor equity investor in a loan vehicle managed by Madison Capital, one of the largest mid-market loan originators in the US, and an affiliate of New York Life Investments.

9 April 2012

New Canaan targets $350m for renewable energy projectsp

US-based New Canaan Capital Management is targeting $350m for its new green fund which will focus on waste-to-energy and biomass opportunities.

5 April 2012

Brazos sells Tri-Northern to Audux after two-year ownership

camera-cctv-big-brother Dallas-based Brazos Equity Partners has sold North America’s largest independent distributor of electronic security products to fellow buyout firm Audax Group.

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