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23 November 2015

OPERS picks Ardian, Blackstone secondaries among $900m of commitments

dollar-943737_1920 The $90bn-managing Ohio Public Employees' Retirement System has made a $300m pledge to Ardian's latest secondaries private equity fund among a slew of new commitments, it is understood.

23 November 2015

Leonard Green preps for 2016 Authentic Brands IPO

jeans-933682_1920 Leonard Green & Partners-backed clothing right portfolio holder Authentic Brands is believed to be eyeing an IPO in the first half of next year.

23 November 2015

NEA, Goldman exit eight-year investment in energy management business GridPoint

light-bulb-984551_1920 New Enterprise Associates and Goldman Sachs have sealed the exit of long-held energy management systems business GridPoint to trade buyer Twenty First Century Utilities.

20 November 2015

Venture capital firms back $21m round in big data expert Lucidworks

large-895567_1920 San Francisco-based software company Lucidworks has racked up in a $21m financing round led by early-stage VC investor Allegis Capital.

20 November 2015

Lightyear may be seeking to exit RE investment firm Clarion Partners

building-922529_1920 New York-based private equity firm Lightyear Capital is said to be exploring options to sell its majority holding in local real estate investment manager Clarion Partners for some $800m.

20 November 2015

Ohio Police, Fire pension commits to new Advent megafund

police-935279_1280 The $13.9bn-managing Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund has agreed to commit up to $50m to the latest flagship buyout fund being raised by Advent International.

20 November 2015

Sierra picks experienced COO, CFO Doehrman as first operating partner

jim-doehrman-sierra-ventures-small-288x296 California-based Sierra Ventures has hired experienced CFO and COO John Doehrman as its first operating partner.

20 November 2015

Lerer Hippeau Ventures closes Fund V above target

calculator-178127_1920 New York-based venture capital firm Lerer Hippeau Ventures has closed its fifth fund on more than $110m and above the initial target of $75m, according to a SEC filing.

20 November 2015

IT-focused Scale Venture Partners eyes up to $335m for Fund V

it-838384_1920 Californian IT investor Scale Venture Partners is back in the market for its fifth flagship fund, which could raise up to $335m.

19 November 2015

Square’s shares jump by more than 60 per cent after NYSE debut

paper-821653_1920 Square, the VC-backed mobile payments company founded and run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, enjoyed a strong first trading day on the NYSE with its shares surging to a high of $14.78 shortly after its debut.

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