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9 May 2012

VC funding for US life sciences sector slows $

Venture capital funding in the life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology and medical device industries, decreased 22 per cent during the first quarter of 2012 from the prior quarter.

9 May 2012

GSR, Oak ink $30m financing for LED light provider SunSun

GSR Ventures and Oak Investment Partners have joined existing angel investors in a $30m financing for LED lighting solutions company SunSun Lighting.

9 May 2012

UCG Investments looks to Lima as it opens Peruvian office

Latin America-focused UCG Investments has expanded its presence on the continent by opening an office in the Peruvian capital Lima.

9 May 2012

Commonfund hires Stephen Wagenbach to boost investor relations

Institutional investment group Commonfund has appointed Stephen Wagenbach, director of consultant relations, focusing on the US Midwest.

9 May 2012

Buyout boom drives New Zealand private equity activity $

New Zealand’s private equity and venture capital industry saw an increase in total investment value of 88 per cent on 2010 to levels last seen in 2007.

9 May 2012

Guy Hands’ Infinis acquires wind energy portfolio

UK-based independent renewable energy group Infinis, which is backed by private equity firm Terra Firma, has acquired a portfolio of three wind farms from Broadview Energy.

8 May 2012

UK’s Business Angel CoFund invests £7.2m in 5 SMEs

UK state-backed Business Angel Co Investment Fund has completed its first five investments, totalling £7.2m, following its launch in November 2011.

8 May 2012

Bregal bolsters fund investment capabilities with NY, London hires

Fund investment group Bregal Private Equity Partners has added Giselle Bright and Sarah Claypool to bolster the firm’s focus on private equity funds and co-investments.

8 May 2012

European buy and build activity continues decline $

Europe witnessed a dramatic fall in buy and build activity as the volume of activity fell by around a third from the level seen in Q3 and Q4 of 2011, and was the lowest of any quarter since mid-2009.

8 May 2012

Apollo beats earnings estimates during first quarter

Listed private equity heavyweight Apollo Global Management posted a 20 per cent increase in first quarter profit on the back of management and incentive fees, beating earnings estimates and lifting its share price by more than nine per cent.

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