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21 Apr 2015

Mayfield joins $25m Series C for Ashton Kutcher backed-fashion site Poshmark

bridal1-1271961-m Venture capital investors Mayfield and Menlo Ventures have joined a string of investors in backing a $25m round for community fashion marketplace Poshmark.

21 Apr 2015

Levine Leichtman brings in Hays as MD and co-head of IR

interview hire job suit tie Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has expanded its team with the hire of Robert Hays.

21 Apr 2015

Ambienta closes first deal in Germany

forestry-forest-timber-wood_sq Milan-headquartered private equity firm Ambienta has closed its first German deal by acquiring wood coating manufacturer Oskar Nolte.

21 Apr 2015

Thomas H Lee-backed steak chain Fogo de Chao files for IPO

steak-grill Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao has registered its interest in launching a public offering with the US securities regulator.

21 Apr 2015

Venrock co-leads $18.5m Series B for nasal device maker Spirox

face-melt-631325-m Venture capital investors Venrock and Aisling Capital have led a $18.5m Series B funding round for nasal medical device maker Spirox.

21 Apr 2015

Direct lending funds emerge as best bet for risk/rewards returns $

treasure-chest-and-silver-dollars-1018791-m Direct lending funds have providing LPs with returns of almost 11.5 per cent in the ten years to 2012 despite a low risk profile, new data suggests.

21 Apr 2015

KKR Credit Advisors-backed Great American pulls in $100m

dollar stake Newly-launched private equity investor Great American Capital Partners has registered $100m for its GACP I fund.

21 Apr 2015

Ardian offloads stake in Novotema to IDEX

euros French investment major Ardian has sold a 95.6 per cent stake in rubber component manufacturer Novotema.

21 Apr 2015

Middle East Venture Partners halfway to $30m-targeting fourth fund

dollars coins Beirut-based Middle East Venture Partners has raised $15m for its fourth venture capital fund.

21 Apr 2015

TPG, Fosun tie up $1.5bn Cirque de Soleil deal, Caisse de dépôt bags stake

carousel-horse-circus-fair-merry-go-round TPG Capital and Fosun International have agreed a $1.5bn deal for global theatre production giant Cirque du Soleil which will see Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec pick up a stake in the business.

21 Apr 2015

HIG Capital expands Latin American advisors with Henri Penchas hire

brazil flag Global private equity firm HIG Capital has hired experienced Brazilian businessmen Henri Penchas to its Latin America advisory board to boost its dealmaking in the country.

21 Apr 2015

CalPERS to sell healthcare fund stake to HarbourVest

drug-pharma-medical-healthcare HarbourVest Partners have reportedly purchased CalPERS’ stake in a healthcare fund run by former George W. Bush administration official.

21 Apr 2015

LACERS lays down $125m for soon-to-close IVP XV

a-downtown-los-angeles-scene-497283-m The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association has reportedly committed up to $125m to venture capital fund Institutional Venture Partners XV, which is said to be approaching a $1.4bn final close.

21 Apr 2015

Carlyle-backed Focus Media bags $1.4bn refinancing loan ahead of planned IPO

chinaaa Carlyle-backed Chinese display advertising business Focus Media has reportedly sealed a $1.4bn bank loan to refinance debt ahead of its expected IPO.

21 Apr 2015

Sobera buys portfolio from Polytechnos

euros payments Direct secondaries firm Sobera Capital has purchased a portfolio of direct assets from Polytechnos’ second fund, AltAssets has learned.

21 Apr 2015

University of Michigan among backers for oversubscribed Emergence Fund IV

open-university-gate-172541-m Emergence Capital Partners picked up a $15m commitment to its latest fund from the University of Michigan (UM) amid the LP pledging $210m across five new funds.

21 Apr 2015

Nautic buys Source4Teachers

school-trip_lrg Mid-market private equity firm Nautic Partners has acquired educational managed services provider Source4Teachers.

21 Apr 2015

Baring Asia to buy Lion Capital’s 40 per cent of UK-based Weetabix

wheat-field-1435497-m Baring Private Equity Asia is said to be approaching a deal to buy 40 per cent of UK cereal maker Weetabix.

21 Apr 2015

Welsh Carson commits capital to identity management company Simeio

fingerprint_170sq Tech-focused private equity firm Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe has made a growth investment in identity management business Simeio Solutions.

21 Apr 2015

Australia’s Brandon Capital closes record life science-focused Fund III on $154.5m

santarus life sciences Venture capital firm Brandon Capital has closed its third life sciences venture capital fund on A$200m ($154.5m).



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