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Energy Access Ventures Fund to improve access to sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 13:30

Schneider Electric in partnership with, CDC Group, FISEA, PROPARCO, OFID, and FFEM, has launched the Energy Access Fund to improve access to sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa.  »

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GE Antares Capital finances Graham Partners’ acquisition of Tidel Engineering

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 12:30

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, is serving as administrative agent on a USD60 million senior secured credit facility to support the acquisition of Tidel Engineering by an affiliate of Graham Partners. »

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German private real estate market

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 12:23

Preqin’s Olivia Harmsworth takes a detailed look at the private real estate market in Germany, including the latest data for closed funds and funds in market, as well as information on investors based in Germany. »

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Harbour Point Capital and Quantum Strategic Partners lead investment in Oak Street Health

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 12:00

Harbour Point Capital and funds affiliated with Quantum Strategic Partners have led a growth capital investment in Oak Street Health, a privately owned operator of primary care centres focused on seniors.  »

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Five Arrows Principal Investments II completes first close

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 11:30

Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI) has completed the first closing of Five Arrows Principal Investments II, its second European lower mid-market private equity fund, with total commitments exceeding EUR493 million.   »

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Are endowments and foundations signalling a tailwind in appetite for private equity by institutional long term investors?

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:06

By Kris Jonsson (pictured), Head of the Endowments & Foundations Group in JP Morgan Asset Management for Europe – The search for yield amongst all investor groups has been an ongoing trend for several years. According to our research[1] 6% returns are the new 8% for institutional investors. With the German government issuing five-year debt at a negative yield for the first time in history; and given more than a quarter of European government bonds now hold yields below zero[2] this story looks set to continue. »

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SS&C GlobeOp creates new group to service hybrid fund structures

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:00

Financial services software and software-enabled services provider SS&C GlobeOp has created a new group to support fund administration, accounting and reporting for hybrid fund structures. »

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Chelverton Asset Management completes first investment deal of 2015

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 09:00

Chelverton Asset Management has completed its first Chelverton Investor Club deal of 2015 with a growth capital investment into Hypersonica, an early-stage technology business. »

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Ares Management & GE Capital provide GBP75m debt package to fund CVC Growth Partners

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 06:00

Ares Management and GE Capital’s European Senior Secured Loan Programme (ESSLP) has provided a GBP75m financing package for CVC Growth Partners’ acquisition of Wireless Logic. »

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OpenGate Capital to sell Kotkamills to Finnish PE firm MB Fund

Thu, 05/03/2015 - 21:30

Private equity firm OpenGate Capital is to sell one of its portfolio companies, Kotkamills Oy, to MB Funds, an independent Finnish private equity firm focused on acquisitions in the Nordic market.  »

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Article

Fund managers and investors are in a tug-of-war over the issue of transparency. Once content with a performance update, basic valuation and general market commentary, Limited Partners (LPs) are now digging deeper, asking more questions and requiring more information from General Partners (GPs) than ever before. ... »

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How to Access Europe using third party AIFMs

Read how managers seeking to distribute in Europe can appoint a third party AIFM (or ManCo), and the fund distribution benefits this can bring, both for new fund launches and redomiciled funds... »

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Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon

Global gross domestic product (GDP) growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on the world economy, and continuing easy monetary policies from global central banks, according to  BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey. Hoey (pictured) made the comments in his February outlook.  ... »

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Christiopher Elvin, Preqin

55% of private equity firms surveyed by Preqin at the end of 2014 stated they would deploy greater levels of capital in 2015, although 39% suggested it is more difficult to find attractive investments. Preqin’s Christopher Elvin comments: ... »

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Over half of infrastructure funds that closed in 2014 exceeded their fundraising target, up from 37% of funds in 2013. Andrew Moylan, Preqin’s Head of Real Assets Products, takes a look at infrastructure fundraising over the last 12 months: ... »

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