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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.

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.

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