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11 August 2015

Balderton Capital key investor in crowdfunding platform Prodigy Finance

college graduation cap gown Pixabay Balderton Capital, a London-based venture capital specialist, was the lead investor in a $12.5m equity investment round for Prodigy Finance, a crowdfunding platform that helps students from Africa and Asia attend top US and European business schools.

10 August 2015

BT’s pension scheme awards £1bn mandate to Hermes GPE

BT’s pension scheme, one of the the UK’s largest occupational pension schemes, has awarded £1bn to Hermes GPE to invest in private equity.

5 August 2015

TIAA-CREF raises $3bn for its second agriculture fund

agri_field_170sq US private equity firm TIAA-CREF has raised $3bn for its second global agriculture fund, AltAssets understands.

4 August 2015

Latest Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe fund approaches $3bn

New York taxi Pixabay Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, a private-equity firm that has raised more than $21bn since its founding in 1979, has thus far raised more than $2.7bn for its latest fund, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XII, a US regulatory filing reveals.

27 July 2015

EIB backs Omnes Capital’s renewable energy fund with €50m

handshake deal The European Investment Bank (EIB) has made its first equity participation in France under the Investment Plan for Europe, by backing an investment fund managed by Omnes Capital.

23 July 2015

KKR joint venture acquires Commerzbank shipping fleet for $254.5m

ship KKR and London-based independent ship operator Borealis Maritime are to acquire a $254.5m shipping fleet from a subsidiary of Commerzbank, through a joint venture they formed in 2013.

22 July 2015

Ridgewood Energy closes its latest oil and gas PE fund at $1.9bn

oil-rig-464816-m Ridgewood Energy Corp has closed its latest private equity fund to date on more than $1.9bn, putting it well ahead of its $1.5bn target.

22 July 2015

ArcLight’s sixth energy fund passes $5bn mark

news_oil_pipeline_lrg ArcLight Capital Partners has seen sales of its $4bn-targeting Energy Partners Fund VI surpass $5bn, a filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission has revealed.

10 July 2015

Kenya’s Fanisi Capital buys stake in Tanzanian agro biz for $6m

africa-tanzania_sq Fanisi Capital, a Kenya-based, East Africa-focused private equity house, has bought what it calls "a significant minority stake" in a Tanzanian agro-processing company called Kijenge Animal Products for $6m.

10 July 2015

Ridgemont Equity closes in on $900m Fund II target

Ridgemont Mid-market buyout and growth equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners is more than three-quarters of the way towards hitting its $900m target for its second fundraise since being spun out from Bank of America in 2010, AltAssets can reveal.

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