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30 July 2015

Vistara Capital flies to $100m debut fund final close in just four months

gulls-540791_1280 Private equity newcomer Vistara Capital Partners has held a $100m final close for its debut fund after just four months in the market thanks to commitments from 45 Canadian LPs.

30 July 2015

HGGC backs automotive software provider Dealer-FX

car-repair-362150_640 Mid-market firm HGGC has made a growth equity investment in Dealer-FX, a provider of process automation software for auto dealership service departments in the US and Canada.

30 July 2015

Lead Edge Capital leads $82m Series C investment in Catawiki online auction house

Stamp collecting Lead Edge Capital, a New York-based growth stage investment house, was the lead investor in an $82m (€75m) Series C investment round aimed at enabling Catawiki, an online auction house, to expand internationally.

29 July 2015

Foresite raises $450m for oversubscribed third fund

clinic health drugs pharma Healthcare-focused growth equity firm Foresite Capital has raised $450m for its oversubscribed third fund, making it largest fund raised by the firm.

29 July 2015

Legg Mason to acquire 75% stake in Australia’s RARE Infrastructure for reported $146m

construction digger infrastructure Legg Mason is to acquire a controlling 75 per cent stake in RARE Infrastructure Ltd, a Sydney, Australia-based manager of $7.6bn in global listed infrastructure assets, the Baltimore-based, NYSE-listed asset manager said on Tuesday.

29 July 2015

Fidelity, T Rowe Price lead $130m Series E in Twilio

twilo Fidelity and T Rowe Price have led a mammoth $130m Series E round in San Francisco-based cloud communications company Twilio.

29 July 2015

Providence-backed Blackboard eyeing $3bn sale

chalkboard-438534_640 US-based buyout house Providence Equity Partners is reportedly looking to offload education company Blackboard in a $3bn deal.

29 July 2015

Mantra to close €75m secondaries fund within weeks $

paris_france European private equity firm Mantra is set to hold a final close for its first dedicated secondaries fund at it’s on its €75m hard cap, AltAssets can reveal.

29 July 2015

ABRY, HIG most sought-after US mid-market secondaries managers

people-431943_640 ABRY Partners and HIG Capital topped a ranking of the 35 most sought-after US mid-market buyout managers in the secondaries market in the Q2 according to Setter. Capital.

29 July 2015

Google Ventures, Octopus Investments lead $60m round for Secret Escapes

hotel and pool Google Ventures and Octopus Investments were the lead investors in a just-closed $60m Series C funding round for a London-based luxury travel website called Secret Escapes.

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