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27 Feb 2015

Music rights company Kobalt lands $60m from Google Ventures and previous backers

music-3-778197-m Music rights management service Kobalt has closed $60m Series C financing round, with Google Ventures (GV) joining existing investors.

27 Feb 2015

Africa’s ‘hidden iceberg’ of private equity investorsp

blue-icebergs-1253865-m Panellists at the Private Equity Africa conference this week spoke about the increasing number of firms looking at Africa, with Emerging Capital Partners’ Andrew Brown revealing that that it is not just the big brand funds which are looking for deals.

27 Feb 2015

China-based Source Code targets $150m for Fund II

binary-code-1-1159613-m Chinese investment firm Source Code Capital has launched its second fund with a $150m target, AltAssets can reveal.

27 Feb 2015

Rise of new funds helped Latin American PE, VC fundraising to record $10.39bn in 2014p

chili hot south america latin pepper spice Latin American private equity funds pulled in a record $10.39bn last year amid a continuing expansion of the asset classes in the region.

27 Feb 2015

Carlyle co-president Cavanagh’s multi-million dollar pay revealed

money pile capital cash dollar Carlyle co-president Michael Cavanagh, who was poached from JPMorgan Chase & Co last year, was paid a hefty $31.2m last year.

27 Feb 2015

Searchlight homes in on second fundraise, could target $1.5bn

Searchlight spotlight Searchlight Capital Partners is said to be considering raising up to $1.5bn for its second fund, almost double the $860m it gathered for its 2012 debut.

27 Feb 2015

Commonfund hires chief financial officer Celeste Barone

29c94f4 US investment firm Commonfund has hired Celeste Barone as chief financial officer of its fund of funds arm Commonfund Capital.

27 Feb 2015

Indigo-backed low cost airline Wizz Air raises £268.6m at IPO

airplane-window-1230611-m Indigo Capital’s portfolio company Wizz Air has floated on the London Stock Exchange and raised £286.6m.

27 Feb 2015

Star Capital eyes €800m fundraise amid portfolio company exits

shiny-cables-1254480-m European private equity investor Star Capital is reportedly preparing to raise a news €800m buyout fund amid the sale of two portfolio companies, Pepcom and Eleclink.

27 Feb 2015

Clessidra deal for Roberto Cavalli stake almost agreed

box1_photo1 Italian private equity firm Clessidra looks set to complete its purchase of a majority stake in Florentine fashion house Roberto Cavalli.

27 Feb 2015

August closes single approach fund on $450m

calstrs_california US-based August Capital has closed $450m for its seventh venture capital fund, just a couple of months since launching.

27 Feb 2015

Transport-focused Greenbriar names Weiss managing partner

Greenbriar Michael Weiss Transport-focused private equity firm Greenbriar Equity Group has promoted Michael Weiss to managing director after more than a decade with the business.

27 Feb 2015

TPG to buy stake in Indian hospital operator Manipal in $145m deal

Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital Private equity TPG Capital has agreed to buy a ‘significant minority’ stake in Indian private hospital operator Manipal health Enterprises for INR9bn ($145.8m).

27 Feb 2015

PE-backed Hollywood payroll company Cast & Crew up for sale

hollywod-1156729-m ZelnickMedia has placed Hollywood payroll company Cast & Crew Entertainment Services up for sale, AltAssets understands.

27 Feb 2015

Fortissimo-backed Kornit Digital files for IPO

download (55) Fortissimo Capital’s Israel-based printing solutions company Kornit Digital has filed for an initial public offering.

27 Feb 2015

Winding down US firm Brazos to exit Healthcare Solutions

healthcare Dallas-based Brazos Private Equity Partners, has agreed to sell its portfolio company Healthcare Solutions to pharma services provider Catamaran Corporation.

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.



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