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16 March 2012

Infrastructure allocation to rise for APG $

With over €5bn currently committed to infrastructure, Dutch pension giant APG is a conspicuous player in the infrastructure space, with allocations set to grow, it says.

15 March 2012

Infrastructure grows in appeal for institutional investors $

Limited partners seeking a more flexible risk-return profile for their investments are increasing their exposure to a maturing infrastructure asset class. The sector has grown in recent years, and is no longer seen as a wholly risky investment, according to Andrew Chapman, pension investment manager at UK retail group John Lewis Partnership.

14 March 2012

Crisis drives change in investment approach for LPs, GPs $

hermes_delaney_170sq The trend for a greater LP engagement with their private equity portfolios saw London-headquartered private equity investor Hermes GPE open a new office in the US towards the end of last year, with a view to gaining a greater engagement with the region’s GP community and step up its co-investment capability.

13 March 2012

Endless aims to bridge equity funding gap with new lending arm

UK turnaround investor Endless has launched a new lending arm aimed at bridging the gap between private equity and traditional bank lending markets.

12 March 2012

Comvest closes second debt fund on $250m

Mid-market private equity firm Comvest has closed its second debt fund with capital commitments of $250m.

8 March 2012

IFC plans $100m Asian microfinance fund $

The World Bank’s private equity investment arm plans to help set up a $100m Asian debt fund to help develop microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the region.

8 March 2012

Denham Capital announces $190m solar development deal $

Private equity firm Denham Capital has been named as the lead investor in project developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, in a $190m deal.

7 March 2012

Institutional investors ramp up allocation to renewables $

Investment mandates for European institutions are allowing for growing allocations to the renewable energy sector, according to one project developer that recently secured financing from a number of Icelandic pension funds.

7 March 2012

LP pressure pushes responsible investment up private equity agenda $

The majority of private equity firms have said their engagement with on environmental, social and governance issues is set to increase over the next five years, in response to growing concerns from limited partners.

6 March 2012

Private equity returns outstrip hedge funds for US endowments $

Returns from private equity investments made by US colleges and universities continued to far outstrip hedge funds and other alternative asset classes in 2011, according to new research.

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