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3 April 2012

European private equity firm readies for second environmental fund $

European private equity investor Ambienta is gearing up to launch its second environmental fund.

3 April 2012

RIT Capital strikes gold with $450m sale of Agora Oil and Gas

UK investment trust RIT Capital Partners has agreed to sell Norway’s Agora Oil and Gas to Cairn Energy for $450m.

3 April 2012

Apollo adds Stone Tower Capital to credit management portfolio

Alternative asset manager Apollo Global Management has completed the acquisition of alternative credit manager Stone Tower Capital.

2 April 2012

Oaktree co-founders set for bumper payday from $500m IPO

Oaktree Capital Group, the world’s biggest investor in distressed debt, has filed to raise up to $517.5m in an initial public offering – a listing that could generate a windfall of up to $234.4m for its co-founders.

2 April 2012

Japanese asset manager Sparx Group to raise renewable energy fund $

Japanese asset manager Sparx Group is to launch a renewable energy fund to target domestic opportunities as the country moves away from nuclear power.

2 April 2012

Goldman Sachs’ real estate arm targeting $3bn UK and Europe fund

real-estate2_lrg Goldman Sachs’ real estate-focused private equity arm is believed to be planning a $3bn UK and European property fund as investors continue to struggle with raising financing in the sector.

2 April 2012

Oil & gas investor Epi-V adds WestLB investment banker Grahame Cook as chairman

epi_v_grahame-cook_1760sq Upstream oil and gas services investment fund Epi-V has added former head of WestLB’s investment banking business Grahame Cook as chairman.

30 March 2012

Distressed private equity yields best returns since 2000 $

Distressed debt, turnaround and special situations private equity have yielded better returns than any other area of the asset class since the beginning of 2000, new research has found.

30 March 2012

Asia-focused Symphony invests in Japanese ski development

ski-japan_sq London-listed Asian consumer business investor Symphony International Holdings has bought a second property in the popular ski destination of Niseko, Japan, with the intention of developing the site into an upmarket resort.

29 March 2012

Carlyle Group begins Brazilian education drive with new non-profit $

Private equity powerhouse The Carlyle Group has launched a non-profit organisation aimed at improving the education of children in Brazil.

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