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10 May 2013

Apollo-backed Sprouts files for $300m Nasdaq IPO

Sprouts produce Apollo Global Management-backed organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Markets has filed to raise $300m in an IPO two years after being bought by the private equity firm.

10 May 2013

Israel’s quarterly buyout activity lowest for three years $

First quarter results for Israeli private equity activity were "disappointing", according to one industry commentator, though the fundamental attractiveness of the Israeli market for private equity investors has not declined.

10 May 2013

Warburg Pincus closes $11.2bn mega private equity fund $

new york 5_sq Warburg Pincus has managed to raise one of the largest private equity funds since the financial crisis after receiving strong support from existing LPs, which were attracted by the firm’s track record and the flexibility of the fund’s strategy.

10 May 2013

Verdane Capital exits KSD Software Norway

Venture capital and private equity firm Verdane Capital Advisors has exited its investment in software-as-a-service business KSD Software Norway.

10 May 2013

Malaysia sovereign wealth fund backs $1.37bn China Galaxy IPO

stocks2_lrg Malaysian sovereign wealth investor Khazanah Nasional is among six cornerstone investors planning to back China Galaxy Securities’ $1.37bn Hong Kong IPO.

10 May 2013

Israeli software developer Beyond Verbal raises $2.8m from Genesis Angels

Israeli voice recognition oftware developer Beyond Verbal has closed a $2.8m round of funding led by Kazakh angel investor Kenges Rakishev, and venture capital firm Genesis Angels.

10 May 2013

Carlyle bids for Rio Tinto’s Northparkes copper-gold mine

Private equity firm Carlyle has reportedly tabled an offer for mining major Rio Tinto’s 80 per cent stake in the Northparkes copper-gold mine in Australia, which has reportedly drawn interest from KKR.

10 May 2013

IFC eyes $20m commitment to Hosen Capital’s New Hope Agriculture and Food Fund II

The International Finance Corporation is looking to commit as much as $20m to Chinese private equity firm Hosen Capital’s New Hope Agriculture and Food Fund II.

10 May 2013

Matrix Partners sticks to $450m for tenth fund despite heavy LP interest

us flag6_sq Thirty-year-old venture capital firm Matrix Partners has held fast on a $450m final close for its tenth early-stage vehicle despite “significant oversubscription”.

10 May 2013

Volcker Rule sees Goldman Sachs cut private equity commitments

Global asset management firm Goldman Sachs has drastically cut its exposure to alternative investments in order to comply with the Volcker Rule

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