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25 April 2013

KKR private equity income drops despite growth in fee earnings, carry $

O US buyout giant KKR saw fee-related earnings from its private equity, energy and infrastructure funds rise eight per cent for the first quarter compared to the same period in 2012.

25 April 2013

US medtech developer Vapotherm raises $28m venture financing round

US medtech company Vapotherm has closed a $29m financing round led by the 3×5 Special Opportunity Fund and included new investor Morgenthaler Venture Partners, alongside existing investors GE Asset Management, Kaiser Permanente, Integral Capital Partners, QuestMark Partners and Cross Creek Capital.

25 April 2013

US real estate investor Noble beats cap with $220m hospitality fund

US real estate investment firm Noble Investment Group has closed its most recent dedicated hospitality investment fund, Noble Hospitality Fund II, exceeding its cap with $220m raised.

25 April 2013

Forge Capital nears $60m second close, circles $60m more $

Tampa, Florida-headquartered private equity firm Forge Capital Partners is set to hold another interim close of its $250m Forge Real Estate Partners III fund in May, AltAssets has learned.

25 April 2013

Birch Hill Equity Partners acquires IT company Softchoice for C$412m

Private equity firm Birch Hill Partners has acquired Canadian IT services company Softchoice Corporation in a take-private deal that values the business at C$20 per share, or $402m.

25 April 2013

H.I.G. Capital carves out Pegasus Financial Services

hotel holiday US buyout firm H.I.G. Capital has bought the world’s largest processor of commission paid by hotels to travel agents from Pegasus Solutions.

25 April 2013

Sacramento pension plan lured by turnaround opportunities in 2013 $

The $6.5bn Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System plans to commit up to $240m across as many as ten private equity funds this year as part of an ongoing move to raise its commitment to the asset class to 10 per cent.

25 April 2013

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice-backed EMSC hires underwriters for $750m IPO

Private-equity backed ambulance services provider Emergency Medical Services Corp has reportedly hired underwriters for a $750m IPO.

25 April 2013

VC-backed hybrid storage company NexGen sells for $114m

Venture capital-backed hybrid storage company NexGen Storage has been acquired by NYSE-listed Fusion-io for $114m.

24 April 2013

Debt-laden Carlyle portfolio company Synagro files for bankruptcy protection

Carlyle’s debt-ridden portfolio company Synagro Technologies is planning to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its borrowing according to Reuters.

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