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29 Jul 2015

Foresite raises $450m for oversubscribed third fund

clinic health drugs pharma Healthcare-focused growth equity firm Foresite Capital has raised $450m for its oversubscribed third fund, making it largest fund raised by the firm.

29 Jul 2015

Legg Mason to acquire 75% stake in Australia’s RARE Infrastructure for reported $146m

construction digger infrastructure Legg Mason is to acquire a controlling 75 per cent stake in RARE Infrastructure Ltd, a Sydney, Australia-based manager of $7.6bn in global listed infrastructure assets, the Baltimore-based, NYSE-listed asset manager said on Tuesday.

29 Jul 2015

Fidelity, T Rowe Price lead $130m Series E in Twilio

twilo Fidelity and T Rowe Price have led a mammoth $130m Series E round in San Francisco-based cloud communications company Twilio.

29 Jul 2015

Fewer deals hit Q2 earnings at Apollo

park-avenue-new-york-august-2006-673371-m Apollo Global Management, the listed New York private equity giant, said a decline in profits from sales of its portfolio investments hit its earnings in the second quarter, which were down 21 per cent on the same period a year ago.

29 Jul 2015

Providence-backed Blackboard eyeing $3bn sale

chalkboard-438534_640 US-based buyout house Providence Equity Partners is reportedly looking to offload education company Blackboard in a $3bn deal.

29 Jul 2015

Mantra to close €75m secondaries fund within weeks $

paris_france European private equity firm Mantra is set to hold a final close for its first dedicated secondaries fund at it’s on its €75m hard cap, AltAssets can reveal.

29 Jul 2015

Graham Partners launches fourth fundraise

Dollar cash money Graham Partners, a suburban Philadelphia-based private investment firm focused on investing in tech manufacturing and development businessess, has launched its fourth fund-raising, according to a recent Securities & Exchange Commission filing.

29 Jul 2015

Time for LPs to hit the debt? $

clock-650753_1280 Private debt is attractive. It has a great risk-return profile and no shortage of managers for LPs to choose from. But with banks lending again, will GPs be able to find sufficient quality opportunities?

29 Jul 2015

ABRY, HIG most sought-after US mid-market secondaries managers

people-431943_640 ABRY Partners and HIG Capital topped a ranking of the 35 most sought-after US mid-market buyout managers in the secondaries market in the Q2 according to Setter. Capital.

29 Jul 2015

Google Ventures, Octopus Investments lead $60m round for Secret Escapes

hotel and pool Google Ventures and Octopus Investments were the lead investors in a just-closed $60m Series C funding round for a London-based luxury travel website called Secret Escapes.

29 Jul 2015

Montagu flips Centor to trade buyer after just over a year

medications-342462_1280 European private equity investor Montagu has agreed the $725m sale of pharmaceutical vial maker Centor to trade buyer Gerresheimer after just over a year in its portfolio.

29 Jul 2015

Bridgepoint nabs 2.9x return through Ponant sale $

cruise liners European private equity house Bridgepoint Capital is set to score a 2.9-times return through the sale of French luxury cruise operator Ponant according to source with knowledge of the deal.

29 Jul 2015

Riverside promotes Tsang to partner after 11 years with firm

TsangPeterWebsite The Riverside Company has promoted San Francisco-based Peter Tsang to Partner after more than a decade at the firm.

29 Jul 2015

Inflexion makes 7.7x return through £140m Reward Gateway sale

boardroom 2 UK private equity firm Inflexion has scored a 7.7-times return through the sale of employee engagement company Reward Gateway.

29 Jul 2015

Arle Capital to exit Fokker Technologies to UK engineering biz for €706m

arle_arney_170sq London-based Arle Capital Partners has agreed to sell its Dutch aerospace technology portfolio business, Fokker, to a British engineering firm, GKN, for an enterprise value of €706m.

29 Jul 2015

Carlyle closes fourth Europe fund on €3.75bn hard cap

germany-393692_1280 Global buyout house Carlyle has closed its latest European fund on its €3.75bn hard cap thanks to commitments from 140 LPs.

29 Jul 2015

Cerberus among US investors buying Europe’s bank loans

new-york-1419818-m US private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is leading US investors in the purchase of European loans at knockdown prices.

29 Jul 2015

KKR, Blackstone among backers in $42m Cylance Series C round

binary-code-475664_1280 Online attack prediction and prevention business Cylance has picked up $42m in Series C financing led by DFJ Growth and featuring backing from private equity heavyweights.

29 Jul 2015

Deerfield closes healthcare venture fund on $550m

roe-deer-851484_1280 Healthcare-focused investment firm Deerfield Management Company has held a $550m final close for its healthcare innovations venture fund.

29 Jul 2015

Blackstone looks to offload Polymer in $3bn deal

dollar capital cash money pic Private equity major Blackstone Group is looking to offload specialty materials company Polymer Group in a deal that could approach $3bn in value, AltAssets understands.



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