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9 January 2012

China state pension fund eyes foreign private equity $

China’s fast-growing social security fund is looking to commit to foreign private equity funds for the first time, in an effort to increase the ratio of overseas investment and boost the returns on the country’s vast pools of foreign exchange reserves.

6 January 2012

Access Capital Partners’ closes ACF V fund on €500m

European private equity fund of funds Access Capital Partners has closed its latest fund, Access Capital Fund V Growth Buy-out Europe on €500m, trumping its initial target of €350m.

6 January 2012

French insurance company Groupama seeks private equity sale

eiffel_170sq French mutual insurance company Groupama is looking to offload its private equity arm, according to news reports.

4 January 2012

HarbourVest takes on former 3i exec as COO

Stuart-Howard_sq European private equity investor HarbourVest Partners has hired former 3i executive Stuart Howard as a chief operating officer for the firm’s European listed products division.

20 December 2011

Investors welcome SVG Capital change of strategy

Shares in SVG Capital have soared following news that the London-listed fund of funds will implement a change of strategy, which will distribute up to £170m to its shareholders and diversify its current portfolio beyond funds managed by European buy-out firm Permira.

19 December 2011

Hermes announces ownership restructure

UK private equity investor Hermes GPE has revised its present ownership structure after Hermes Fund Managers and the Hermes GPE management team bought the interests in Hermes GPE.

16 December 2011

Danish fund of funds SPEAS posts Q3 loss

decline5sq_lrg Nordic-focused fund of funds Scandinavian Private Equity (SPEAS) has posted a loss of DKK6.1m following its activities during the third quarter.

2 December 2011

Castle begins buyback scheme amid shareholder concerns

stocks2_lrg Swiss fund of funds manager Castle Private Equity has begun a dividend distribution policy to shareholders after US investor David Abrams, Castle’s largest shareholder, expressed concern over the firm’s share performance.

1 December 2011

Former Sequoia China VP joins Partners Group

Private equity investment manager Partners Group has hired former Sequoia Capital China vice president Kelvin Yu as a managing director in the Singapore office.

30 November 2011

StepStone Group acquires $2bn fund of funds Parish Capital

Private equity group StepStone will acquire the funds management business of Parish Capital Advisors, a private equity investment manager with $2bn in assets under management.

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