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29 April 2013

Confidence keeps rising among Silicon Valley venture capitalists

graph_positive_170sq Confidence among Silicon Valley venture capitalists has increased for the third quarter in a row according to a report by Mark Cannice, entrepreneurship professor at the University of San Francisco.

29 April 2013

Sovereign wealth funds back VTB’s $3.3bn equity issue

Three sovereign wealth funds have subscribed for all of Russian state-backed bank VTB’s upcoming $3.3bn equity issue.

29 April 2013

Wyoming mulls upping private equity investments by $500m

The state of Wyoming could soon significantly increase its commitments to private equity funds.

29 April 2013

Bridges Ventures, Big Society Capital launch £14m social investment fund

charity_170sq Impact investor Bridges Ventures and social investment firm Big Society Capital have launched the £14m Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund.

29 April 2013

TPG cuts target for renewable energy fund $

Global private equity firm TPG Capital has slashed the target for its renewable energy fund by almost half as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) mulls allocating $25m to the vehicle.

29 April 2013

Pension funds called on to address risk with more private investments $

While the most popular method for corporate pension schemes to reduce their funded status risk has been to focus on areas such as fixed income assets, the current environment of extremely low interest rates could make this risk-reduction approach more risky.

29 April 2013

Insight Venture Partners raises $1.49bn for eighth fund $

Tech-focused growth stage investor Insight Venture Partners has officially launched its eighth fund, which follows its $1.5bn previous fund closed in 2011.

29 April 2013

Baring-backed Nord Anglia to acquire rival WCL from Sovereign Capital

Private equity-backed school specialist Nord Anglia Education is reportedly close to taking over rival company WCL Group from Sovereign Capital.

29 April 2013

CITIC, CDH make 4x return on Nanjing Aotecar exit

Private equity firms CITIC Capital and CDH Investments Managements have reportedly made a four times money multiple by exiting Chinese vehicle parts maker Nanjing Aotecar.

29 April 2013

NYSTRS commits to KKR Asia, Pine Brook, Spark Capital

KKR has picked up an $85m commitment from the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System amid the LP agreeing a trio of investments in private equity vehicles.

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