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3 August 2015

Sequoia Capital leads $250m Series B funding round for SF’s GitHub

Chris_Wanstrath_GitHub Sequoia Capital, a Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm, was the lead investor in a $250m Series B funding round for San Francisco-based GitHub, a social network for programmers.

3 August 2015

Estimate that CalPERS’ undisclosed PE payments over 18 years totaled ‘at least $5bn’

california map A UK academic has been reported as saying that CalPERS, the largest US public pension scheme, "failed to disclose payments of at least $5bn to private equity managers over a period of 18 years".

3 August 2015

Battery buys Physical Security Business Unit in $100m deal

Camera. Security US investment firm Battery Ventures has purchased the Physical Security Business Unit (PSBU) of NICE Systems in a $100m deal.

3 August 2015

Blackstone, Fortress Investment in the race to buy Japan’s Simplex

tokyo-japan-965322-m US private equity firms Blackstone Group and Fortress Investment Group have both been shortlisted for the second round of bidding for Japan’s Simplex Investment Advisors.

3 August 2015

Paine & Partners to offload its Sunrise Holdings frozen fruit biz for around $450m

oranges Paine & Partners, a San Mateo, California-based private equity investment firm specialising in the food and agribusiness sectors, is to sell its stake in Sunrise Holdings Delaware for around $450m to a listed Canadian organic food supplier.

3 August 2015

Warburg Pincus exiting Coyote Logistics to UPS for $1.8bn

van Warburg Pincus is to sell Coyote Logistics to UPS for $1.8bn, confirming reports published here last month.

3 August 2015

Morgan Stanley’s North Haven Infrastructure Partners attracts $1.95bn

nyse Thirteen investors have committed a total of $1.95bn over the past 14 months to two parallel infrastructure funds being raised by North Haven Infrastructure Partners, according to recent Securities & Exchange Commission filings.

3 August 2015

PE firms in the frame to sell Asurion stake

mobile-phone-in-hand-1438232-2-m Asurion, which provides insurance for wireless and handset devices, is raising debt to partly fund a minority buyout of one or more of its private equity sponsors, AltAssets understands.

3 August 2015

Nordic Capital could see €900m Tokmanni valuation through rare major Finnish IPO

European buyout house Nordic Capital is believed to be eyeing a valuation of about €900m for portfolio company Tokmanni through a exit of the Finnish retailer.

3 August 2015

Blackstone seals spectacular sale of AVINTIV for $2.45bn

hospital-834157_1280 US private equity giant Blackstone has agreed the $2.45bn sale of infection prevention materials business AVINTIV to trade buyer Berry Plastics.

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