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10 February 2012

ISIS completes fundraising for Baronsmead VCTs

pounds3_lrgUK-based VCT manager ISIS Equity Partners has completed fundraising for its four Baronsmead vehicles.

10 February 2012

Silver Lake in talks with Israel’s Yozma over $250m Conduit buy-out

US private equity firm Silver Lake is in talks to buy Israeli user engagement product maker Conduit from Yozma Venture Capital, in a deal that could be worth between $200m and $250m.

10 February 2012

New Turkish buy-out firm Bosphera targets $350m fund

Bosphera Advisory, a newly-launched private equity firm based in Istanbul, is in the process of raising a $350m fund to capitalise on the emerging market opportunities in the country.

10 February 2012

Ticketing website TiqIQ closes Series A from Contour, iNovia

Ticketing website TiqIQ has closed a Series A financing led by Contour Venture Partners, with participation from seed and early stage venture capital firm iNovia Capital and business angels, including Joe Zawadzki, CEO of digital media site MediaMath.

10 February 2012

CVC shelves takeover talks for zombie fund manager Phoenix

Phoenix Group Holdings, the UK’s biggest owner of old life assurance and pension policies, has ended takeover talks with London-based private equity firm CVC Capital Partners after failing to agree on a price.

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.


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