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12 April 2012

US communications industry set for 5.6% growth in 2012 $

Driven by an improving economy and stronger-than-expected results across all digital media, US communications industry spending increased in 2011 and looks to further outpace the US economy in 2012, according to specialist private equity group Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

12 April 2012

KKR cuts umbilical cord blood deal with Chinese healthcare company

US buyout giant KKR has announced a $65m investment in a Chinese healthcare company which collects umbilical cord blood from newborn babies.

12 April 2012

Texas teachers’ pension head Steve LeBlanc to return to private sector

news_exitsign.lrg_ Pioneering pension fund head Steve LeBlanc plans to return to the private sector after handing in his notice at the $110bn Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

12 April 2012

YFM invests £950,000 in UK bespoke furniture maker Zutux

YFM Capital Partners has invested £950,000 in furniture manufacturer Zutux through its North West Fund for Development Capital (NWFDC).

12 April 2012

Lovell Minnick hires ex-Commerzbank exec Heinz Hockmann as buyout advisor

Financial services-focused buyout house Lovell Minnick Partners has hired former Commerzbank executive Heinz Hockmann as a senior advisor.

12 April 2012

Solar-focused VC investment sees volume up, value down in 2012 $

Venture capital funding in the solar sector was off to a slow start in Q1 2012. VC funding for the quarter came to $329m across 34 deals, the lowest dollar amount recorded since Q4 2010, however venture investors were still active in the space with 34 deals funded, the highest ever recorded.

12 April 2012

Investors continue to crave certainty as clean energy scores $9.4bn in 2011 $

Despite a steep drop in 2010, investments in the UK clean energy sector rebounded in 2011 to $9.4bn, 35 per cent higher than the previous year and the seventh highest among G20 nations.

12 April 2012

Morgan Stanley fund of funds arm raises $1.3bn

Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners has raised about $1.3bn for its fifth private equity fund and related accounts.

12 April 2012

Oaktree floats first shares for $380m, 25 per cent less than hoped

news_float_lrg The world’s largest distressed debt investor Oaktree Capital Management has raised more than $380m in its IPO, about one quarter less than it was seeking.

12 April 2012

J.P. Morgan takes $100m stake in Israel’s Conduit

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has acquired a seven per cent stake in Conduit, an Israel-based provider of engagement solutions for web and mobile publishers, for $100m.


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