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26 Feb 2015

AXA launches €200m venture capital fund

euroo Paris-based asset management firm AXA has launched AXA Strategic Ventures, a €200m venture capital fund.

26 Feb 2015

GGV, Khosla lead $20m round for home-seller site Opendoor

for-sale-sign-313291-m US firms GGV Capital and Khosla Ventures have headed up a $20m funding round for Opendoor, a web-based service giving homeowners the capability to sell their home instantly online.

26 Feb 2015

Viking invests $40m in genomics-focused business accelerator Illumina

viking-shield-543055-m Viking Global Investors has invested $40m in genomics-focused business accelerator Illumina Accelerator Boost Capital.

26 Feb 2015

Evercore nabs Citigroup’s Massey, van der Lubbe for its chemicals group

lab-work-803087-m Private equity investor Evercore has poached former Citigroup execs Thomas Massey and Marc van der Lubbe to bolster its chemicals investment franchise.

26 Feb 2015

Baring looks forward to stronger Asian secondaries market with new $3.9bn fundp

asia-1073194-m While secondary deals between private equity investors are still a rarity in Asia, Jean Eric Salata, founding partner and CEO of Baring Private Equity Asia is expecting the market to open up during the next few years.

26 Feb 2015

N5Capital launches $200m debut fund to target China’s mobile internet sector

beijing Beijing venture capital firm N5Capital has launched its debut fund with a $200m target, AltAssets can reveal.

26 Feb 2015

New Mexico commits $275m to private equity, real estate

hand money dollars The New Mexico State Investment Council has reportedly signed off total commitments of $275m including to a Blackstone real estate fund and to private equity major TPG.

26 Feb 2015

PE firms scored monster $500bn of exits last year amid options opening upp

exit-sign-5_sq Exit activity was wide open last year as firms benefited from all three customary exit routes. Pitchbook explains the lay of the land in its H1 2015 PE Exits report.

26 Feb 2015

CLSA Capital invests $10m in diaper manufacturer Nobel Hygiene

download (52) Asia-focused private equity firm CLSA Capital Partners has invested $10m in diaper manufacturer Nobel Hygiene.

26 Feb 2015

Institutional Venture Partners ups sights to more than $1bn for latest fund

money-8-840239-m Institutional Venture Partners is reportedly back in the market for a new vehicle targeting more than $1bn.

26 Feb 2015

PSERS backs HGGC, Equistone among $485m of private equity commitments

dollar dollars capital fund money The $52bn Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System has revealed $485m of new private equity commitments.

26 Feb 2015

Top Tier hits $404m target for seventh fund of funds

san-francisco-632224-m Top Tier Capital looks to have hit its $404m target for its seventh venture capital fund of funds, AltAssets can reveal.

26 Feb 2015

Apax Partners presses on with Auto Trader IPO despite £2bn Hellman & Freidman interest

cuba-cars-503705-m Apax Partners-backed online car marketplace Auto Trader is set to press on with a London listing despite reported buyout interest from fellow private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.

26 Feb 2015

Gilde Equity Management Benelux exits Nspyre after seven years

tech_circuitboard Gilde Equity Management Benelux has exited Dutch R&D and high-tech services specialist Nspyre to trade buyer Altran after a seven-year holding period.

26 Feb 2015

Terra Firma plans to sell cinema chain Odeon & UCI Group for £1bn

VIP cinema seating Private equity major Terra Firma is planning to sell European cinema chain Odeon & UCI Group in a £1bn deal, AltAssets understands.

26 Feb 2015

Pacific Equity sells remaining stake in credit-check company Veda for $300m

calculator-385203-m Sydney-based firm Pacific Equity Partners has reportedly sold all of its remaining 20 per cent stake in publicly listed credit-checking business Veda Group for A$382m (around $300m) around six months after its IPO.

26 Feb 2015

Ex-Carlyle VC, growth head Grady joins Gryphon Investors

robert_grady carlyle San Francisco-based private equity firm Gryphon Investors has hired ex-Carlyle global venture and growth head Robert Grady as head of its general industries group.

26 Feb 2015

Carlyle among lenders in settled Bank of America Corp Las Vegas casino lawsuit

las-vegas---caesars-palace-217303-m Private equity major Carlyle has been named among lenders set to recoup some of their losses after the Bank of America Corp reached a $300m settlement relating a failed Las Vegas casino construction project.

26 Feb 2015

Highland, Mesirow and Verizon back Cenx with undisclosed funding

download (51) Highland Capital Partners, Mesirow Financial Private Equity and Verizon Ventures have returned to back Cenx with an undisclosed amount of funding.

26 Feb 2015

Blue Sky Capital co-leads $19m funding for Canada’s SecureKey Technologies

old-key-1251855-m Venture investors Blue Sky Capital and Rogers Venture Partners are among investors in a $19m Series C funding round for identity and authentication network SecureKey Technologies.



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