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9 February 2012

KKR profits plunge almost 70% in Q4

fall_sqGlobal private equity firm KKR’s profits plunged 68 per cent during the fourth quarter of last year due to a fall in the amount of income accrued from its portfolio investments.

9 February 2012

Tengram Capital backs clothing brand People’s Liberation with $14.5m

Private equity firm Tengram Capital Partners has invested $14.5m in pink sheets-listed People’s Liberation, owner of Justin Timberlake's William Rast clothing brand.

9 February 2012

Spark Capital adds former Zynga exec Nabeel Hyatt as first venture partner

Boston-based venture capital firm Spark Capital has added serial entrepreneur Nabeel Hyatt as the firm’s first venture partner. Most recently general manager at Zynga, Hyatt will focus on and guide investments in consumer web, social and mobile.

9 February 2012

Kremlin private equity fund RDIF has ‘a pipeline of about 40 projects’p

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10bn vehicle launched by the Kremlin six months ago to entice overseas investors to commit to private business opportunities in the country, is currently working on a pipeline of about 40 projects, director Richard Ogdon told AltAssets.

9 February 2012

Octopus leads Series A round for software provider Artesian

pounds3_lrgUK growth investor Octopus Ventures has led a £2m Series A financing round for Artesian Solutions, a provider of cloud-based Social CRM and brand surveillance software.

9 February 2012

New Enterprise Associates adds Carmen Chang as special advisor to support China portfolio

china-wall_lrgGlobal venture firm New Enterprise Associates has hired Carmen Chang as a special senior advisor and will work mainly with the firm’s portfolio of companies focused on China.

9 February 2012

State-backed BGF seals first Midlands investment

midlands_sqBusiness Growth Fund, the £2.5bn state vehicle established to target UK SMEs, has sealed its first Midlands investment in GCI Telecom Group, an independent telecoms and data services provider.

9 February 2012

RJD completes third exit from second fund with sale of Raphael Healthcare

meds_lrgUK lower mid-market firm RJD Partners has realised its investment in Raphael Healthcare, a provider of mental health services for women, through a refinancing funded by new debt facilities.

9 February 2012

Doughty Hanson closes first investment since co-founder’s death

London-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson has announced its first deal since the recent death of co-founder Nigel Doughty - the €355m buy-out of Spanish hospital operator USP Hospitales.

9 February 2012

Swiss fund of funds Adveq to increase headcount by 10% in 2012

team2_170-copySwitzerland-based fund of funds manager Adveq has revealed it plans to increase its headcount by more than ten per cent this year.


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