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9 November 2012

State-backed BGF hires former LDC Leeds head John Swarbrick

john-swarbrick_sq Business Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state-backed vehicle aimed at financing UK SMEs, has hired former LDC Leeds head John Swarbrick as its head of portfolio.

9 November 2012

Harbour Group nears halfway point in $750m private equity fundraise $

wharf-harbour-boats-ships-sea US buy and build specialist Harbour Group is nearing the halfway point for its $750m-targeting buyout fund.

9 November 2012

Gates Foundation, Omega help Visterra close $26m Series A

Visterra, a developer of medicines to prevent and treat infectious diseases, has raised an additional $13m to complete a $26m Series A financing.

9 November 2012

Google ups allocation to corporate venture capital unit

Google is to increase cash allocations for its corporate venture capital unit to $300m, an increase of one third, putting it in the top tier of corporate funds anywhere in the world.

9 November 2012

Venture philanthropy brings new models to investment $

peleman_evpa_170sq With its origins in the private equity and venture capital world, and started by people who built their fortune in it, venture philanthropy seeks a societal, rather than financial return on its investment.

9 November 2012

HSBC spin-out Graycliff hits halfway mark for mezzanine fund $

spinning-top_lrg Graycliff Partners, the former mid-market private equity, mezzanine and real estate arm of global banking giant HSBC, has raised more than half of its target for a new fund that will make mezzanine investments in US companies.

9 November 2012

NBGI Ventures sells Technolas Perfect Vision for €450m

European medical investor NBGI Ventures has agreed to sell laser eye surgery company Technolas Perfect Vision to Bausch + Lomb, in a deal which values the company at up to €450m.

9 November 2012

Phoenix Media Fund targets $300m for China growth fund

Chinese private equity firm Phoenix Media Fund is seeking to raise $300m for its inaugural dollar-denominated fund.

9 November 2012

Buyout heavyweights in talks to buy Merge Healthcare

Thoma Bravo, GTCR, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, Francisco Partners and Avista Capital Partners are among buyout firms that have met with the management of Merge Healthcare to discuss a possible take-private of the medical imaging software group.

9 November 2012

First Reserve, SK Capital raise bid for TPC Group

First Reserve and SK Capital have fought back in the battle to buy chemical maker TPC Group by raising their offer to match a rival bid by Blackstone and Innospec.


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