Baidu’s $145m venture capital fund to boost AI-based content startups
Baidu, the Chinese search giant, is establishing a $145m (1 billion yuan) venture capital fund. The strategic move is aimed at supporting startups that focus on content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
NGP Energy Transition IV holds final close at $700 million
NGP has held a final close of NGP Energy Transition IV at $700 million of total capital commitments. The fund was activated in April 2022 and has invested over $100 million in seven portfolio companies.
Big move in India’s fast-food sector as Burger King stake up for grabs
Two global private equity heavyweights, General Atlantic and Advent International, are nearing the finish line in their pursuit to acquire a significant stake in Restaurant Brands Asia (RBA).
Blackstone completes its acquisition of Copeland, valued at $14bn
Blackstone has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Emerson’s Climate Technologies business in a transaction valuing the business at $14 billion.
Thompson Street Capital Partners exits Made4net to Ingka Investments
St. Louis-based private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners has completed the sale of Made4net, a global provider of cloud-based Warehouse Management System & supply chain execution software, to Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group (IKEA), owner and operator of 482 IKEA stores.
Montana Board of Investments reveals $360m of new alternatives commitments
The $24.9bn-managing Montana Board of Investments has picked Axiom Asia and Accolade Partners among its latest tranche of alternatives fund commitments.
Africa could produce more startups than Western Europe this year – but access to...
Africa has been touted as the "next great investment destination" in VC circles for at least a decade. But while many still believe Africa's star is soon to rise, plenty of investors have realised that its time to shine is actually already here. Despite a surge of unicorns in the region post-pandemic, however, access to capital for startups remains a perennial problem. AltAssets' Karin Wasteson investigates.
Early DoorDash backer Pear VC picks up over $430m for hefty new seed fund
Pear VC has raised more than $430m for the final close of its fourth fund, one of the largest seed vehicle raised by a non-multistage fund in recent years.
Pemberton brings in sustainability veteran Whooley as managing director to boost ESG offering
Alternative credit investor Pemberton has brought in former Goldman Sachs exec Niamh Whooley as managing director and head of sustainable investing.
Integrum celebrates target-beating debut fund close at $1.1bn
Tech-focused investment house Integrum has sealed a $1.1bn final close for its debut fund.