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5 November 2012

Lombard readies first close for fourth southeast Asia fund $

bangkok_sq Lombard, the San Francisco-based private equity firm focused on growth-stage investments in southeast Asia, is nearing the first close for its fourth fund.

5 November 2012

Marketing software firm HubSpot seals $35m mezzanine financing

news_stockmarket2.lrg_ Marketing software firm HubSpot has closed a $35m mezzanine financing round from backers including a " large unnamed institutional investor", public market investor Altimeter Capital and venture capital firm Cross Creek Capital.

2 November 2012

Pera Capital hits €50m second close, seals first deal for debut fund $

Turkish private equity firm Pera Capital Partners has hit a €50m second close for its debut fund thanks to a significant commitment from one of Europe’s top pension funds, AltAssets has learned.

2 November 2012

Fortress PE assets rise 16% year on year, portfolio value up 9.4% $

fortress-castle-tower Fortress Investment Group’s private equity funds continued to generate strong performance during the third quarter amid a rise in assets under management in the class.

2 November 2012

iQiyi co-founder Providence exits stake to partner Baidu

smartphone-video Providence Equity Partners has agreed to sell its stake in Chinese HD video platform iQiyi to the company’s co-founder Baidu, the country’s largest internet search provider.

2 November 2012

Duke Street’s Marlin secures £80m RBS, Investec-led refinancing

marlin_sq Duke Street-backed Marlin, a buyer of consumer debt that specialises in litigation-based recovery, has secured an £80m three-year syndicated revolving senior credit facility from RBS and Investec.

2 November 2012

Aviva Investors does not rule out infrastructure funds

Asset management group Aviva Investors has said that rumours that it would launch a range of infrastructure funds were purely speculative at this time, but did not rule out establishing future investment vehicles.

2 November 2012

Venture capital draws fire from private equity attacks $

congress_170sq One unintended casualty of the US private equity industry’s hammering in political and mainstream arenas has been venture capital , with commentators and politicians mistakenly using the phrase to represent all manner of leveraged buyouts and private investments.

2 November 2012

Wellcome Trust takes fresh approach to emerging markets PE $

nick-moakes_sq The limited time horizons of traditional fund structures and the need for flexibility for vehicles to invest in both private and public markets has led the Wellcome Trust to take a fresh approach to investing in private equity in Africa and other emerging regions.

2 November 2012

LDC beats Bowmark Capital for Keoghs stake

news_lloyds_lrg The captive private equity arm of state-backed lender Lloyds Banking Group has beaten Bowmark Capital to buy a 22.5 per cent stake in insurance solicitors Keoghs to help expand the business.

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