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22 March 2012

Bain to buy £500m LBO loan portfolio from Lloyds

The credit arm of global private equity firm Bain Capital has reportedly agreed to buy a £500m portfolio of mostly UK leveraged buy-out loans from Lloyds Banking Group.

21 March 2012

Blackstone buys controlling stake in Parc 55

Global private equity firm Blackstone has paid around $70m for a majority stake in San Francisco’s Parc 55, marking the firm’s third hotel investment in the US market.

20 March 2012

Seattle’s Lakeside Capital closes $240m mid-market mezz fund

Seattle-based mezzanine debt provider Lakeside Capital Management has closed its second mid-market focused mezzanine capital investment fund, GMB Mezzanine Capital II, with commitments of $240m.

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.

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