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22 May 2015

Access closes oversubscribed sixth fund of funds on €644m $

money-1035681-m Access Capital Partners has closed its oversubscribed sixth European fund of funds on €644m, with existing investors contributing 75 per cent.

22 May 2015

Apax creating new, ‘separate’ vehicle to list on LSE

London Stock exchange (burggraf) Apax, the London-based private equity giant, has created a closed-ended Guernsey entity it plans to list on the London Stock Exchange next month, as it seeks to raise €250m (£179m) for its buyout coffers.

22 May 2015

RE secondaries transactions increase as LPs start selling large portfolios says Landmark exec $

sunday-james The enhanced real estate secondaries market is being driven by LPs becoming more comfortable with selling large portfolios and GPs embracing secondary capital to manage their portfolios according to Landmark partner James Sunday.

22 May 2015

London-listed Electra posts NAV rise of 12%, as Bramson speculation continues

E London listed Electra Private Equity posted a 12 per cent rise in its diluted NAV per share in the six months to the end of March, as media speculation focused on whether Edward Bramson’s Sherborne group will continue to seek greater control of the company.

22 May 2015

IK scores 2.75x return in $1.1bn Vistra Group sale to Baring PE Asia $

exit IK Investment Partners has made a 2.75-times money multiple selling international trust and corporate services provider Vistra Group to fellow buyout house Baring Private Equity Asia, AltAssets can reveal.

22 May 2015

LP Profile: Richard Moon, RPMI Railpen $

Richard Moon Unlike most LPs, RPMI Railpen started its private equity foray as a direct investor. Now, three decades and myriad funds later, the LP is getting closer to the action

22 May 2015

NY’s Catalyst embraces its ‘growth equity’ niche as it prepares to invest latest fund $

Brian Rich Catalyst Investors Catalyst Investors was founded in 2000 in New York by three ex-bankers keen, in managing partner Brian Rich’s words, to “start our own thing”.

22 May 2015

Neuberger Berman makes $30m investment in advertising tech business Centro

dollars cash money Private equity investor Neuberger Berman has taken its first direct private stake in an advertising technology business by providing $30m of Series B capital to Centro.

22 May 2015

OpenGate claims 776x return through Fleurus Presse sale

alfred-books-53179-m Global private equity firm OpenGate Capital has scored a whopping MOIC of 776-times after selling French education publisher Fleurus Presse according to a source with knowledge of matter.

22 May 2015

KKR Asia head Bae to return to US after ten years in Hong Kong

Hong Kong The KKR dealmaker tasked with setting up its Asian operations ten years ago is reportedly returning to the US from Hong Kong.

22 May 2015

ABRY snaps up FastMed Urgent Care

spire healthcare Boston-based private equity firm ABRY Partners has agreed to deal to purchase care services provider FastMed Urgent Care.

22 May 2015

Cerberus launches Seibu share selldown in wake of unhappiness with IPO

Seibu railway US distressed private equity investor Cerberus Capital Management has launched an $878m selldown of its stake in Japanese railway, bus and hotel business Seibu after a turbulent few months which saw it fail to gain control of the company's board.

22 May 2015

Cerberus ends 4-year holding of Silverleaf Resorts

beach-1392670-m Cerberus Capital Management has offloaded vacation ownership company Silverleaf resorts to Orange Lake Holdings.

22 May 2015

Cinven’s Coor picks Nasdaq Stockholm for planned Q2 IPO

office desks training Cinven-backed service management company Coor has revealed its choice of stock market for its expected IPO.

22 May 2015

VC-backed Shopify valued at $1.27bn at IPO pricing

shopping-442708-m Venture capital-backed e-commerce software provider Shopify has been valued at $1.27bn, after pricing its IPO at $17 per share.

22 May 2015

Israel’s Glilot raises $77m for second VC fund

isr Israel-based venture capital firm Glilot Capital Partners has closed its second fund on $77m, over double the size of its predecessor.

22 May 2015

Twitter co-founder’s Obvious Ventures raises more than $123m for debut fund

stack dollar cash money capital fund Obvious Ventures, the new venture capital firm set up by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, has raised over $123m for its debut fund.

21 May 2015

TA Associates buys ‘majority’ stake in Procare Software, citing ‘growth prospects’

childcare TA Associates, the Boston-based, internationally-focused private equity specialist, said it has completed "a majority investment" in Procare Software, a maker of electronic child care management systems.

21 May 2015

Bain looking to downsize stake in Japanese Skylark

sushi food restaurant US-based private equity firm Bain Capital is reportedly set to offload part of its 70 per cent stake in Japanese restaurant chain Skylark Co.

21 May 2015

Index Ventures poaches Ilya Fushman from Dropbox for general partner

Ilya Fushman Index Ventures, the internationally-focused venture capital firm, has named a top executive of one of its portfolio companies, Dropbox, general partner.



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