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7 April 2011

Asian funds slower to cut fees than western counterparts

Asia Pacific-focused private equity funds are not cutting fees below two per cent like their peers in the West, according to a survey by Hong Kong-based fund manager Squadron Capital.

7 April 2011

AlpInvest picks up $800m in fund stakes from CalPERS

Dutch fund of funds AlpInvest has acquired $800m in private equity fund interests from US pension fund CalPERS.

7 April 2011

BNP Paribas Clean Energy acquires Northern Ireland wind farm

The clean energy investment arm of French banking group BNP Paribas has acquired the operator of a 25MW wind farm in Northern Ireland.

7 April 2011

Bumper IPOs stand out in Q1 2011

The first quarter of 2011 was dominated by some of the largest private equity-backed initial public offerings (IPOs) in history, according to the latest analysis by Ernst and Young.

7 April 2011

Pond Venture Partners exits Nanotech Semiconductor for $34m

Europe-focused venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners has sold portfolio company Nanotech Semiconductor to trade buyer Gennum for $34m, plus an additional earn-out of up to $6m if revenue targets are met.

7 April 2011

Venture-backed LivingSocial connects to $400m funding

Venture-backed retail discount company LivingSocial has raised $400m in financing from a mix of public and private investors, valuing it at over $2bn.

7 April 2011

MidOcean’s Sbarro files for Chapter 11

Italian restaurant chain Sbarro, a portfolio company of New York private equity firm MidOcean Partners, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it restructures its debt.

7 April 2011

Vine Capital to acquire Nigeria’s Afribank

New York sub-Saharan Africa-focused private equity firm Vine Capital has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Nigeria’s Afribank in the latest acquisition in the country’s banking sector.

7 April 2011

Private equity drives double digit returns for CalPERS

Private equity was a key driver behind a 12.5 per cent return on the investment portfolio of US pension fund the California Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (CalPERS), despite continuing losses in real estate.

7 April 2011

Andreessen Horowitz raises $200m co-investment fund

US venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has raised $200m for a new co-investment fund, which will invest alongside the firm’s Fund II.


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