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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.

28 March 2012

Blackstone credit arm GSO closes $4bn mezz fund

GSO Capital Partners, the credit arm of New York-listed private equity heavyweight Blackstone, has closed its second mezzanine fund with commitments of $4bn, making it the largest mezzanine fund to be raised since the financial crisis.

28 March 2012

Pyxis Capital launches new fund

forestry-forest-timber-wood_sq Pyxis Capital has launched a new fund that will invest in the equities of listed North American natural resources companies.

28 March 2012

Carlyle’s GMS platform closes $510m CLO vehicle $

Global alternative asset manager Carlyle has closed a $510m collateralised loan obligation fund raised to target corporate leveraged loans and high yield bonds, as the firm looks to expand into debt markets and increase loan capabilities in the face of tightening credit markets.

27 March 2012

Direct infrastructure investment grows in appeal for institutions $

Unlisted funds continue to offer the most attractive route to infrastructure for institutional investors, although 64 per cent are now keen to invest directly as well.

26 March 2012

Financing gap spurs private debt opportunities $

The financial crisis looks set to yield significant opportunities for investors in private debt, with a glaring financing gap helping the theme to become a more recognised investment choice.

22 March 2012

Highland Capital takes on Terrell for business development

ARTIS-TERRELL_sq Dallas-based alternative asset manager Highland Capital Management has hired former Williams Capital Group principal Artis Terrell Jr as a director of business development.

22 March 2012

Aussie turnaround firm Helmsman eyes A$200m target for Fund III

Australian special situations firm Helmsman Capital, which began as a joint venture between Macquarie and KPMG, has hit the fundraising trail for an A$200m ($207m) fund.

22 March 2012

Bulk of LPs to up allocations to co-investments $

Some two-thirds of LPs will look to increase their allocations to private equity co-investments in the future, favouring the improved returns to be better than from regular fund investments.

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