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30 January 2013

Returning LPs prove the difference for Israel Cleantech Ventures $

Following the recently announced closing of its second fund on $74m, Israel Cleantech Ventures said the re-commitment of many of its limited partners proved the difference in a market where many firms are struggling.

30 January 2013

CalPERS launches sustainable investment initiative

US pension fund CalPERS has launched its Sustainable Investment Research Initiative to drive forward the organisation’s understanding of sustainability factors and the impact they have on financial performance.

30 January 2013

Groupon founders’ venture firm Lightbank expands to New York

Eric Lefkofsky Lightbank Groupon Lightbank, the venture capital firm co-founded by Groupon billionaire Eric Lefkofsky, has spread from its California base by opening an office in New York.

30 January 2013

UPDATED: Duke Street’s 2e2 collapses into administration $

Duke Street IT services company 2e2 has plunged into administration following a failed restructuring process, which a source said has resulted in an €85m equity loss for the UK mid-market buyout firm.

30 January 2013

Omnes Capital backs €2.6m Medisse financing

surgery1 Omnes Capital, the private equity arm of Crédit Agricole bought by Coller Capital last year, has backed a €2.6m financing round for medical product maker Medisse.

30 January 2013

FSN Capital adds consumer industry veterans as executive advisers

Nordic private equity investment company FSN Capital has added consumer industry veterans Dag Opedal, Peter Giørtz-Carlsen and Jesper Jørgensen as executive advisors.

30 January 2013

Lab equipment heavyweight Life Technologies attracts PE interest

Life Technologies Four private equity firms are reportedly lining up to bid for biomedical laboratory equipment maker Life Technologies.

30 January 2013

Africa’s Jacana to merge with InReturn Capital amid fundraising

Simon-Merchant-CEO_sq Africa-focused private equity firm Jacana Partners has merged with Nairobi, Kenya-based peer InReturn Capital, which will create an SME investor with coverage across the continent that will manage a new $75m fund expected to close later this year.

30 January 2013

MBK Partners expresses interest in ING South Korea insurance unit

Asia-Pacific focused buyout house MBK Partners is reportedly considering purchasing the South Korean insurance unit of Dutch conglomerate ING.

30 January 2013

Conor Venture Partners leads €8m Series A for crystalsol

Crystalsol, a developer of solar photovoltaic technology, has secured €8m through a Series A funding round led by Conor Venture Partners.


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