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27 Apr 2015

Blackstone adds 16 warehouses to portfolio company Logicor via RE Fund IV

warehouse2_sq Real estate major Blackstone has bought 16 warehouses from joint venture backers Oaktree Capital Management and Anglesea Capital.

27 Apr 2015

TPG Growth shuts off third fund on $3bn

money---us-dollars-3-767230-m Buyout major TPG Growth has held a final close of its mid-market and growth investment fund on $3bn, beating its initial target of $2.75bn.

27 Apr 2015

LDC buys minority Aspin Group stake for £25m

rail track train UK private equity investor LDC has picked up a minority stake in infrastructure products business Aspin Group in a £25m deal.

27 Apr 2015

Institutions move to direct secondaries to combat high prices according to Sobera exec $

hand money dollars More and more institutions are moving from Secondary LP to Secondary Direct in order to achieve increased multiples according to Stefan Beil.

27 Apr 2015

Allianz RE in €600m investment for Dutch commercial investor Vesteda

dutch The real estate investment arm of German insurer Allianz has joined an unnamed Asian institutional LP in backing Dutch commercial property house Vesteda with €600m.

27 Apr 2015

LBO France sell cargo handler WFS to Platinum Equity

plane-silhouette-1414861-m French private equity firm LBO France has sold cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services to Platinum Equity, AltAssets understands.

27 Apr 2015

Carlyle offloads Metrologic to Astorg

money-in-hand-1037536-m Global buyout major Carlyle Group has sold a majority stake in Metrologic Group to Astorg Partners, AltAssets understands.

27 Apr 2015

Tristan eyes €500m+ first close for opportunistic RE Fund 4

london London-based Tristan Capital Partners is said to be nearing a first close of more than €500m for its European Property Investors Special Opportunities 4 (EPISO 4) vehicle.

27 Apr 2015

HgCapital taps Mercury fund to back auto date, insurance claim manager Eucon

broken-car-480202-m UK-based private equity firm HgCapital has invested in automotive data and insurance claim manager Eucon as part of a management buyout.

27 Apr 2015

OTPP, Thoma Bravo acquire Riverbed in $3.5bn deal

norway-river-1445165-1-m Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s investor arm has teamed up with US private equity firm Thoma Bravo to acquire Riverbed Technology in a $3.5bn deal.

27 Apr 2015

UK’s Electra loses execs Syder and Davies, promotes 4

Rhian Davies London-headquartered Electra Partners said that its deputy manager partner Tim Syder has retired and partner Rhian Davies is set to retire “as planned”.

27 Apr 2015

Itqan said to be near education fund launch for second time in two years

book education Saudi Arabian investment firm Itqan Capital is again nearing the launch of a $200m education-focused private equity fund according to chief executive Adil Dahlawi.

27 Apr 2015

Ex-Nokia VC arm BlueRun closes third China fund on $200m

china US-based BlueRun Ventures has closed its third China-focused venture capital vehicle on $200m, after just few months on the market, AltAssets understands.

27 Apr 2015

Hermes GPE to switch North American office from Boston to New York

Boston waterfront Private equity investor Hermes GPE is reportedly switching its North American operations from Boston to New York after just a few years of presence in the city.

27 Apr 2015

Ares, Apollo explore deal for GE’s $10bn-valued lending unit

calculator5_lrg Buyout majors Apollo Global Management, Ares Management and SunTrust Banks are said to be considering picking up a unit of General Electric which makes loans to US private equity firms.

27 Apr 2015

Improvements needed in ‘science’ of deal sourcing to combat rife inefficiency $

money deal cash Just 25 per cent of a PE firm's logged deals actually get completed, according to research by Sutton Place Strategies. CEO Nadim Malik says GPs need to improve the 'science' of deal sourcing to overcome inefficiency, misuse of time and money.

27 Apr 2015

Advent leads deal for stake in Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals

isolated-black-lamp-1151724-m Global buyout firm Advent International has agreed to lead a deal to buy a 34.3 per cent stake in the consumer products business of Indian conglomerate Crompton Greaves from its owner Avantha Group.

24 Apr 2015

Investec, Matrix leads $84m Series C for P2P lending site Jimubox

coins South African bank Investec has led a $84m Series C round for Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform.

24 Apr 2015

Blue Point re-hires Castleberry as principal

tieshot-1-605363-m US private equity firm Blue Point Capital Partners has bolstered its team with the re-hire of Brian Castleberry as principal and the promotions of Jeff Robich and Ben Newman to vice presidents.

24 Apr 2015

KKR holds $2.5bn second close on second global infra fund

motorway-at-night-645276-m Buyout major KKR has held the second close of its Global Infrastructure Investors II after pulling in $2.5bn.



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