CalPERS Pours 8.1% of the Total Fund in California

June 20, 2014

The state of California attracted $20.8 billion in investments in 2012-13, or 8.1 percent of the total fund from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, according to a report released this week by the public pension giant. The number represents an increase of 5.6 percent from the previous fiscal year. Those dollars were invested across […]

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Australian Agriculture and Food Businesses Eyed by Private Equity Investors

June 18, 2014

Australian agriculture and food businesses eyed by private equity investors muscling in on food companies after being traditionally reluctant to invest in the sector. Takeovers are gaining momentum, with Australian agriculture and food businesses as prime targets, as international companies look for entry into Asia to capitalise on its rapidly expanding middle class. A Grant […]

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Andreessen Horowitz Leads a $44M Funding Round for Instacart

June 17, 2014

Andreessen Horowitz, a $4 billion venture capital firm, has led a $44 million funding round for Instacart, a two-year-old grocery delivery company. Three venture capital firms that previously invested in the company, Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Canaan Partners, participated in the latest round. The company, which is based in San Francisco, lets customers shop […]

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The Sale of Indonesia’s Link Net Might Bring at Least $500M to CVC

June 16, 2014

CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms, said that the sale of shares in PT Link Net Tbk, an Indonesian broadband and cable-TV operator, might bring at least $500 million return to the private equity company. The sale of shares in Link Net, which is also owned by […]

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Carlyle Group Sets Up $1.1B Middle Market Buyout Fund in North America

June 9, 2014

The Carlyle Group has raised the amount of $1.1 billion for North American middle market buyout investments, targeting control investments in middle market companies. After setting a record last year by selling about $72 billion of stock, private-equity firms are continuing to clean out their cupboards. Through Friday morning, they had sold off about $32.8 […]

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Blue Sea Capital Closes Debut Fund Beating Target

June 6, 2014

Blue Sea Capital, a firm whose team includes several former executives of Brockway Moran & Partners, announced it has raised $327 million for its debut fund, beating its initial target of $270 million. Blue Sea Capital is willing to make equity investments of up to $60 million each in companies in the aerospace/defense, health care […]

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Private Equity Finds Ways to Ride Out Difficulties

June 5, 2014

Until a private equity firm becomes a consolidation target itself, the view of creating a bigger, superior business through acquisition and gaining significant market share in the process is hugely appealing. Faced with the reality of admitting failure and answering to an outside controlling investor, most firms would rather do whatever they can to continue […]

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Carlyle in Advanced Talks for Majority Stake Control in Homair Vacances

June 4, 2014

The Carlyle Group is in advanced talks with Naxicap Partners, for the acquisition of controlling stake in French campsite and holiday rental site operator Homair Vacances. The Washington-based buyout house is buying a 75 per cent stake in the Paris-listed company from French firm Montefiore Investment, which will be reinvesting as a minority shareholder. The […]

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Venture Capitalists Having a Successful Year

June 3, 2014

Following to data provider Dealogic, 55 companies backed by venture capital firms have gone public on U.S. exchanges, raising $7.5 billion so far this year. That easily exceeds the 19 venture-capital-backed IPOs that raised $1.9 billion on U.S. exchanges last year and is the highest level of activity since 2000. Importantly, VC-backed IPOs are faring […]

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Henry Kravis Reveals Seeds of Private Equity Perennials

June 2, 2014

Henry R. Kravis, an American businessman, co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm with $94.3 billion in assets, revealed the seeds of private equity perennials. U.S. buyout shops like his are selling companies to each other at a breakneck pace. It’s easy to be skeptical about these so-called secondaries. But KKR’s […]

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