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12 Feb 2016

Verizon leads $22m round in Veniam to power the internet of moving things

wifi-798313_960_720 Verizon Ventures has led a $22m Series B round in Veniam, a startup which provides vehicles with WiFi hotspot capabilities.

12 Feb 2016

OMERS buys majority stake in Forefront Dermatology

skin-care-1122664_1920 The private equity arm of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) has acquired a majority interest in US company Forefront Dermatology.

12 Feb 2016

Pressure rising on GPs to prove success as LPs up exposure, exec says $

chris merry With investors ploughing more money into alternative assets, GPs are under increasing pressure to meet the growing benchmark for success according to IPES chief executive Chris Merry.

12 Feb 2016

PE unit drives KKR’s performance in Q4 2015

calculator-178124_1920 The core business unit of KKR was the engine in the private equity group's Q4 results, outpacing peers with a 48 per cent rise in unrealized performance income to $344.7m.

12 Feb 2016

Cleantech suffers third consecutive monthly PE, VC investment drop $

green-872866_1920 Private equity and venture capital investment in cleantech companies dropped for the third consecutive month, to $115m in January.

12 Feb 2016

Felicis, Tencent lead $10m Series A round in AI startup Diffbot

brain-001-880737-m Felicis Ventures and tech giant Tencent have co-lead a $10m Series A financing round in artificial intelligence startup Diffbot.

12 Feb 2016

Apollo, Warburg head to head in T-Mobile Netherlands final bidding

iphone-518101_1920 Buyout giant Apollo and Warburg Pincus are going head to head to buy Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile Netherlands division for about €3bn, it is understood.

12 Feb 2016

Wisconsin SIB reveals almost $600m of PE commitments

wisconsin-347435_1920 The $99bn-managing State of Wisconsin Investment Board has revealed close to $600m of private equity commitments made in the last quarter of 2015.

12 Feb 2016

Sun Capital buys Furniture Factory from Alpine

furniture Global private equity firm Sun Capital Partners has bought home furnishings retailer Furniture Factory Outlet (FFO).

12 Feb 2016

3i makes £165m from Action refinancing

Sale sign European private equity firm 3i Group is set to make £135m from the €1.2bn refinancing of Dutch discount retail Group Action.

12 Feb 2016

Windjammer Capital promotes two to vice president

europa-1185800_1920 Mid-market US private equity house Windjammer Capital has made a pair of vice president promotions.

12 Feb 2016

GGV Capital starts $880m fundraise for sixth flagship vehicle

chinese-13877_640 US and China-focused early-stage investor GGV Capital has launched its latest venture capital fund, aiming to raise $880m, an SEC filing shows.

12 Feb 2016

PE trio enter race to buy Fresh Market

market-332740_1920 A trio of private equity firms and US supermarket chain The Kroger are reportedly set to launch bids for specialty grocery retailer Fresh Market.

12 Feb 2016

Neuberger Berman closes oversubscribed brands fund on $462m

shop-791582_1920 Investment management firm Neuberger Berman has closed a $462m fund aimed at buying into high-quality US and European consumer brands.

12 Feb 2016

IMJ Investment raises one third of JPY6bn target for Japan Fund I

shinto-154572_1280 Japanese venture capital firm IMJ Investment Partners has raised JPY2bn ($17.8m) for its first fund focused on investments in local startup businesses.

12 Feb 2016

PE-backed Mavi Jeans may go public

woman-1031533_640 Turkish jeans brand Mavi, backed by private equity investor Turkven and the Akarlilar entrepreneural family, could soon make its stock market debut.

12 Feb 2016

Newly-launched Middlemarch Capital Partners opens doors for smaller LPs $

Dean Larson The new co-investment platform of Middlemarch Partners will create more opportunities for smaller investors, Dean Larson told AltAssets.

11 Feb 2016

Bridgepoint Development Capital targets £500m for latest fund

architecture-19171_1920 Bridgepoint Development Capital is looking to raise £500m for its third lower mid-market-focused buyout fund, AltAssets can reveal.

11 Feb 2016

Blackstone launches new offshore oil & gas partnership

gas-863196_640 US private equity giant Blackstone Group has set up a new platform for investments in the offshore oil and gas drilling and services sector, called Clarion Offshore Partners.

11 Feb 2016

Ardian buys F2A Group from Argos Soditic

papers-262731_640 French private equity house Ardian has bought a majority stake in F2A Group, a Italian provider of HR and administration services.



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