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31 May 2012

Leonard Green bucks market trend with biggest-ever buyout fund $

Leonard Green & Partners has hit its $6m hard cap for its biggest ever private equity fund in an environment when many larger firms are scaling back their fundraising.

31 May 2012

Middle East health investors need to shed PE’s ‘short-term profit’ image $

Buyout firms hoping to capitalise on the Middle East’s expanding healthcare sector need to position themselves as partners rather than just capital investors, according to a roundtable of senior industry figures.

31 May 2012

Australian private equity outperforms public markets $

Australia’s private equity industry significantly outperformed listed markets in 2011, over nearly all time horizons for up to ten years.

31 May 2012

Massachusetts pension plan CIO latest to leave for private sector

stanley mavromates massachusetts pension fund - AltAssets Private Equity News Massachusetts’ $50bn pension fund has launched the hunt for a new chief investment officer after the incumbent announced he was leaving for the private sector.

31 May 2012

JP Morgan to spin out PE arm from troubled CIO division

JPMorgan Chase is spinning out its “special investments group” from its scandal-hit chief investment office in a move to clean up the unit that recently haemorrhaged $2bn in trading losses, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

31 May 2012

Citigroup PE arm CVCI invests in Thai skincare company

bangkok_sq CVCI Private Equity, the emerging markets arm of Citigroup, and a co-investor advised by Thai Strategic Capital have bought around a third of Thai skincare business Wuttisak Clinic Inter Group Co, in a deal that fetched almost $100m.

31 May 2012

Morgenthaler, Biostar, others in $30m Kona Medical financing

blood-cells_sq Morgenthaler Ventures and BioStar Ventures were among a string of investors to take part in a $30m financing round for hypertension therapy company Kona Medical.

31 May 2012

Permira last PE firm standing in race for Dexia Asset Management

Permira is understood to be the last private equity firm left in the race to buy Franco-Belgian bank Dexia’s asset management unit for up to €750m.

31 May 2012

GA, Soros exit grain handler Gavilon to Marubeni for $3.6bn

General Atlantic and other investors including hedge fund titan Soros Fund have sold their stake in grain handler Gavilon to Marubeni Corp, in a $3.6bn deal that ranks as this year’s largest outbound M&A transaction by a Japanese company.

31 May 2012

Australia to offer permanent residency to venture capitalists

The Australian government has announced plans to offer permanent residency to foreigners who invest a minimum of $5m in domestic venture capital funds.

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