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7 February 2012

Private equity could be ‘unintended casualty’ of European regulationp

langer_riverside_lrgThe proposed IORP directive aims to manage risks amongst European institutional investors, but could alter the way pension funds commit to alternative assets, and could have a harmful effect on the private equity sector.

7 February 2012

Investors dig deep for diligence as funds return to marketp

news_magnifyingglass_lrgAn inevitable outcome of the economic downturn has been the deeper levels of diligence conducted by limited partners, with many of the fund managers returning to market unprepared for increasing levels of scrutiny.

6 February 2012

CDC takes on former Actis exec to lead direct investments

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has hired Mark Pay as a managing director to spearhead the firm’s return to direct investments.

6 February 2012

Abu Dhabi’s National Investor cuts workforce in half

uae-flag_lrgAbu Dhabi-based private equity, investment advisory and asset management firm The National Investor has cut more than half of its staff in an effort to reduce costs amid a difficult economic climate.

6 February 2012

HIG Capital sells warranty administrator Service Net

Miami, Florida-based private equity firm HIG Capital has sold service management company Service Net to Chartis, a subsidiary of American International Group.

6 February 2012

Providence-backed AutoTrader.com mulls IPO

US private equity firm Providence equity Partners could soon exit its 25 per cent stake in AutoTrader.com, as the online automotive shopping and advertising platform is reportedly in talks regarding a possible flotation.

6 February 2012

Carlyle backtracks on contentious shareholder provision ahead of IPO

federal-court_lrgGlobal private equity firm Carlyle has shelved efforts to prevent prospective shareholders from filing lawsuits against the firm ahead of its imminent and highly anticipated listing on the Nasdaq index.

6 February 2012

General Atlantic to sell stake in Kaspersky Lab back to founder

network_lrgThe owner of Russian antivirus software developer Kaspersky Lab has decided to buy back the 20 per cent stake of the company he sold to specialist growth equity firm General Atlantic last year.

6 February 2012

Private equity remains positive despite challenges for fundraising in 2012p

funds5_sqNew research has found that the majority of private equity fund managers - regardless of fund size - are receiving new commitments from limited partners, despite institutional investors reallocating their assets away from alternative investments.

6 February 2012

New fund launches to target Australian alternative energy opportunitiesp

An investment firm focused on Australia has been launched by a London-based specialist that focuses on the alternative energy and utility sectors.


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