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31 January 2014

KKR backs WMI Holdings

Private equity major KKR has invested in insurance business WMI Holdings, which was formerly known as Washington Mutual.

31 January 2014

HIG exits boat control system maker SeaStar to American Securities

SeaStar boat HIG Capital has exited its investment in precision-engineered vessel control systems maker SeaStar Solutions to fellow buyout house American Securities.

31 January 2014

Gryphon puts trail mix, dried food maker Flagstone up for sale

walnuts Private equity house Gryphon Investors has reportedly put trail mix and dried food maker up for sale after three years of ownership.

31 January 2014

Fortress-backed mountain adventure company Intrawest raises $188m through IPO

heli skiing Intrawest Resorts Fortress Investment Group-owned mountain resort and adventure company Intrawest Resorts has raised about $188m in its IPO.

31 January 2014

Texas Teacher Retirement System backs Blue Sea’s debut fund

Lower mid-market firm Blue Sea Capital has secured the $118bn Texas Teacher Retirement System as an LP.

31 January 2014

Improving exit environment sees Silicon Valley venture confidence rise again $

silicon-valley-sign Confidence among Silicon Valley’s venture capital firms has edged to its highest level since the third quarter of 2007 as expectations for a more welcoming exit environment rise, a survey has shown.

31 January 2014

Zynga buys game developer NaturalMotion for $527m

ninja Gamemaker Zynga has bought venture capital-backed mobile game developer NaturalMotion for $527m.

31 January 2014

SEC charges New York fund manager over $9m private equity ‘slush fund’

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Manhattan-based private equity manager and his firm with stealing $9m from investors in their private equity fund.

31 January 2014

Austin Ventures spinout Tritium Partners targets inaugural growth equity fundraise

US growth investment firm Tritium Partners, launched last year by a pair former Austin Ventures executives, is seeking to raise its first fund in 2014.

31 January 2014

Lightspeed Ventures bags $60m NYSTRS commitments to $800m-targeting funds

lights_lrg Lightspeed Venture Partners has picked up $60m of commitment from the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System towards two new funds targeting a total of $800m.

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