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22 March 2012

Highland Capital takes on Terrell for business development

ARTIS-TERRELL_sq Dallas-based alternative asset manager Highland Capital Management has hired former Williams Capital Group principal Artis Terrell Jr as a director of business development.

22 March 2012

Aussie turnaround firm Helmsman eyes A$200m target for Fund III

Australian special situations firm Helmsman Capital, which began as a joint venture between Macquarie and KPMG, has hit the fundraising trail for an A$200m ($207m) fund.

22 March 2012

Morgan Stanley PE Asia invests $300m in Tianhe Chemical

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia has sealed the largest investment from its third fund after buying a $300m stake in Chinese chemical heavyweight Tianhe, in a deal that will enable the business to expand into the US and Europe.

22 March 2012

Bulk of LPs to up allocations to co-investmentsp

Some two-thirds of LPs will look to increase their allocations to private equity co-investments in the future, favouring the improved returns to be better than from regular fund investments.

22 March 2012

ISIS exits London PR agency TVC to The Economist

British VCT manager ISIS Equity Partners has sold TVC , a London-based PR agency, to financial periodical publisher The Economist Group.

22 March 2012

Venture-backed solar company BrightSource eyes $182.5m IPOp

Venture capital-backed solar thermal developer BrightSource Energy has revealed it will seek up to $182.5m in an initial public offering.

22 March 2012

Citadel Capital ramps up Sudan agricultural platformp

Middle East and Africa-focused private equity firm Citadel Capital is looking to cultivate as much as 13,000 acres of land this year as part of its ongoing agricultural project in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

22 March 2012

Vestar Capital Partners exits Solo Cup for $1bn

Global buy-out firm Vestar Capital Partners has agreed to sell disposable packaging maker Solo Cup Company to rival buyer Dart Container Corporation for $1bn.

22 March 2012

Advent International-owned Vantiv aims for $500m IPO

Private equity-backed payment processing giant Vantiv is aiming for a $500m IPO after pricing its shares at the midpoint of its expected range.

22 March 2012

State-backed BGF hires former 3i exec to lead Talent Network

growth-seedling_sq Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at helping UK SMEs, has hired former 3i executive Cate Poulson to lead the firm’s Talent Network.

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