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31 January 2013

Denham invests in new E&P company Bright Horizon Resources

Global energy-focused private equity firm Denham Capital has committed $300m to Bright Horizon Resources, a newly-formed exploration and production company that will pursue oil and gas opportunities in the Mid-Continent and ArkLaTex regions.

31 January 2013

Nordic breaks €1bn barrier for Fund VIII, eyes €1.5bn first close $

euros_lrg Nordic Capital has broken the €1bn mark for its latest buyout fund and expects to hold a €1.5bn first close by the end of the first quarter, AltAssets has learned.

31 January 2013

Steadfast Capital nets 3.6x return on Kautexsale to Capiton

kautex_sq Steadfast Capital, a mid-market private equity firm focused on German-speaking Europe and Benelux countries, has sold its stake in Kautex Maschinenbau for a healthy return on investment.

31 January 2013

KKR to return capital from annex vehicle

Global buyout giant KKR is reportedly planning to return half the uninvested capital from a €400m annex vehicle it raised amid the financial crisis to support its second European private equity fund.

31 January 2013

Lightspeed beats target for inaugural China-focused VC fund $

Lightspeed China Partners, the Asian arm of the Silicon Valley venture investor, has exceeded its target for its inaugural China vehicle after a lengthy fundraise.

31 January 2013

Blackstone sees 2012 private equity performance rise amid diversification $

Listed private equity giant Blackstone saw the carrying value of its buyout assets rise 14.3 per cent in 2012 despite its increasing diversification into other alternative asset classes.

31 January 2013

CVC-led consortium in talks to inject up to €1.8bn into SNS Reaal

euro-7_sq London-based buyout house CVC Capital Partners is reportedly leading a consortium that is in talks to inject as much as €1.8bn into SNS Reaal, the Dutch banking and insurance firm.

31 January 2013

UPDATED: 3i posts positive fourth quarter results $

news_3i_lrg 3i is on track with its restructuring process and is well on the way to reducing its gross debt to less than £1bn by June, the FTSE 250-listed private equity firm told reporters as part of its fourth-quarter earnings announcement this morning.

31 January 2013

Serent Capital closes second fund at hard cap “within weeks” $

san francisco tram_sq Serent Capital, the US buyout house founded by the ex-president of Nasdaq-listed ServiceSource and the former head of McKinsey & Co’s west coast private equity practice, has closed its second fund within weeks of launching at its $350m hard cap.

31 January 2013

ARX Equity, Capital Dynamics back Czech financial adviser Fincentrum

CEE-based ARX Equity Partners and Swiss-headquartered Capital Dynamics have agreed to invest in invest in Czech financial website Fincentrum in a deal that values the company above €39m.

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