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10 May 2012

Former Blackstone cleantech VC Jamie Kiggen joins Riverside as president

JamieKiggen_bw Lower mid-market firm Riverside has picked up Jamie Kiggen, formerly head of Blackstone's cleantech venture arm, to join as president.

10 May 2012

African private equity body appoints Citadel MD to board amid relaunch

The African Venture Capital Association has appointed Egypt-based private equity firm Citadel Capital to its board as it looks to put the continent’s private equity industry on the map.

10 May 2012

Leopard Capital plans historic Myanmar fundraise amid 2012 activity $

Frontier markets investor Leopard Capital is planning an unprecedented private equity push into Myanmar as it gears up to raise a string of new funds this year.

10 May 2012

Asia private equity performance trumps public markets $

Asian private equity markets have outperformed public market indices over the one-, three- and five-year periods, new data has shown.

10 May 2012

Lending picks up in US as Europe’s leverage loan market seeks recovery $

There was an increase in UK leverage loan market in the first quarter, following the low levels of the second half of 2011, with some €2.5bn of leveraged loans issued.

10 May 2012

European fundraising jumps 80% in 2011 $

Europe’s private equity industry has proven resilient in the face of wider economic challenge, with €40bn in capital raised in 2011 - the highest fundraising level seen since 2008 and an 80 per cent increase on 2010.

10 May 2012

Genstar nears $1bn final close for sixth investment fund

Genstar Capital has hit the $900m mark for its latest private equity fund, putting it just $100m away from a reduced-size fund close.

10 May 2012

French solar company Exosun raises €12m

France-based solar company Exosun has raised €12m in its second funding round, with capital committed by private equity firm Omnes Capital, after two years of what it describes as "difficult circumstances".

10 May 2012

Etsy nets $40m from Index, Accel, Union Square, Burda

Etsy, an online market place where users sell their own handmade goods, has raised $40m in new capital in a recent funding round led by Index Ventures and joined by existing investors Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners and Burda.

10 May 2012

India’s Sensible Softwares in talks with Sequoia for Series A funding

microchip5_sq1 Sensible Softwares, an Indian developer of software-as-a-service application lifecycle management platform BootStrapToday, is in talks to raise Series A funding from a handful of venture capital funds including Sequoia Capital.

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