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6 March 2015

Madison Dearborn to hit 140% IRR from rapid Ikaria exit

Ikaria US buyout house Madison Dearborn Partners is reportedly set to pick up a massive 140 per cent IRR through the $2.3bn sale of Ikaria after just a year in its portfolio.

6 March 2015

North Carolina pension hits 2014 benchmark thanks to PE, RE

North Carolina sign Private equity and real estate investments helped the $88.8bn North Carolina Retirement Systems hit its 6.2 per cent benchmark return for 2014.

6 March 2015

Carlyle to offload 20m shares in CommScope

network data Global asset manager The Carlyle Group is looking to sell 20 million shares in wireless networks manager CommScope Holding Company.

6 March 2015

Rothschild PE arm FAPI hits €508m for Fund II first close

euro fund The flagship private equity business of Rothschild Merchant Banking has held a €508m first close for its second lower-mid-market European fund.

5 March 2015

Norwest drives $22m Series B for event planning website HoneyBook

i-love-honey-bees-1442702-m Norwest Venture Partners has led a $22m funding round for invite-only event professionals service HoneyBook.

5 March 2015

Low oil prices attracting ‘naïve’ investors who could hurt market, says Blackstone’s Foleyp

person-question-1124847-m Today's low oil prices present a wealth of opportunity for private equity funds, but Blackstone’s David Foley fears they are also attracting investors who don’t know what they’re doing and pushing up prices.

5 March 2015

IPOs ‘flying’ but returns still competitive says Vardis’ Mullenp

team-4 Last year was a good year for exits with IPOs "absolutely flying", although with a trillion dollars of dry powder the market remains competitive for returns according to Vardis’ Mark Mullen.

5 March 2015

Carlyle, Warburg Pincus tie up DBRS acquisition

accounting tax calculator The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus have completed the purchase of Toronto-based credit rating agency DBRS.

5 March 2015

HGGC seals strong return to fundraising with $1.33bn Fund II final close

dollar large_sq Mid-market US private equity house HGGC has sealed its anticipated return to fundraising by holding a $1.33bn final close for its second vehicle.

5 March 2015

Carlyle nabs Blackstone’s Stoll as Europe RE head, announces £532m student property deal

tieshot-1-605363-m Global buyout house Carlyle has appointed former Blackstone exec Peter Stoll to run its European real estate.

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