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21 April 2010

HarbourVest hires Lund from SVG for investor relations

Private equity fund of funds HarbourVest Partners has boosted its investor relationship building capabilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the hire of former SVG Advisers executive Simon Lund.

21 April 2010

Shamed Rattner to manage NY mayor’s fortune

A high-profile investor under investigation in the US is to play a key role in founding an investment firm that will manage the wealth of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the New York Times.

20 April 2010

KPCB brings in exec to commercialise cleantech portfolio

The former president of UTC Power, Jan van Dokkum, has joined venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers as an operating partner, and will focus on helping to commercialise clean technology from the firm’s portfolio companies.

19 April 2010

Former European Capital head reemerges at TPG

The former head of UK buy-outs at troubled private equity firm European Capital, Simon Henderson, has reemerged at US buy-out house TPG Capital, according to reports.

16 April 2010

Jafco raises $100m for technology investments, hires new partner

US technology-focused investor Jafco Ventures has raised $100m of new capital to kick off its latest fund and added Veritas Software senior operator Paul Sallaberry as its newest venture partner.

16 April 2010

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund names new managing director

A new managing director has been chosen for Emirati sovereign wealth fund the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, according to reports. Sheikh Hamid bin Zayed al-Nahyan is to replace his brother, Sheikh Ahmed, who died when his glider hit a reservoir in Morocco last month.

15 April 2010

Permira’s Buffini to join Hugo Boss, NDS boards

Permira’s Damon Buffini will be joining the boards of portfolio companies Hugo Boss and NDS before he relinquishes his role as chairman at the European buy-out firm in June, according to the Financial Times.

14 April 2010

Synova Capital makes healthcare hire

Synova Capital, a UK private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market, has added a new investment director and head of healthcare, Dr Joe Wiley from Spirit Capital.

14 April 2010

Advent gears up for consumer investments with Coca-Cola vet hire

Advent International is looking to make moves in the consumer sector, in particular the food and beverage space, having last week announced the addition of former Dunkin’ Donuts head Will Kussell. The private equity firm’s new focus has now been underpinned with the hire of John Sheppard, who worked for the globally recognised Coca-Cola for two decades.

14 April 2010

Cleantech-focused Element Partners appoints new managing director

Element Partners, a clean technology growth equity firm based in the US city of Philadelphia, has appointed Sujit Banerjee as managing director.

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