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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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NYC Comptroller names Alex Doñé head of private equity program

21 November 2014

The New York City Comptroller’s Office has named Alex Doñé, head of its private equity emerging managers program for the last two years, as chief of the almost $10 billion private equity program for the $158 billion city retirement system.

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Kelso collects $1.3 bln for first close on Fund IX

24 November 2014

Kelso & Co. has collected about $1.3 billion for a first close on its ninth fund, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

South Carolina allocates up to $165 mln to Crestview, Bridgepoint

24 November 2014

The South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission committed more than $165 million across two private equity funds at its Nov. 20 meeting, spokesman Danny Varat said.

Ashwin Krishnan, co-founder and co-CEO, SpareHire

Need to Meet: Ashwin Krishnan, co-founder and co-CEO, SpareHire

Buyouts - November 24 2014

Audax and CVC Capital veteran Ashwin Krishnan started SpareHire with lifelong friend Vikram Ashok after their personal experience in the workplace helped them identify a market need.

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Alaska OK's $493 mln to 11 private equity funds

24 November 2014

Alaska Permanent Fund has committed $493 million to several private equity funds since June 30, while its overall private equity portfolio outpeformed other asset classes in its first fiscal quarter. 

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First Advantage to issue dividend recap

24 November 2014

Symphony Technology Group looks like it’s getting some money back on its investment in First Advantage.

Siris III attracts $2.3 bln-plus of demand; final close planned for January

21 November 2014

Siris Capital expects to secure 85 percent of the commitments to its latest flagship fund in a December first close, with a final close planned for January, according to Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association documents.

Cover Stories

Demand for new fund managers creates wave of oversubscribed funds

Buyouts - November 10 2014

Demand for up-and-coming small and middle-market fund sponsors has spiked this year, as several marquee limited partners push for more exposure to emerging managers.

WL Ross & Co aims to pay well under 10x EBITDA

Buyouts - November 10 2014

With interest rates low, equity prices near all-time highs, and deal-making frothy across many sectors, distressed debt and turnaround specialist WL Ross & Co has a host of challenges plying its trade.

Fund News

Goldman mulls new infrastructure fund

03 October 2014

Goldman Sachs Group Inc is considering raising a new infrastructure fund, according to three people familiar with the matter, even as U.S. regulations threaten to reduce its profits from such endeavors.

Fresh Capital

LP Scorecard: Mid-1990s vintage funds lead way for CalSTRS portfolio

Buyouts - November 24 2014

Summit Partners, the Boston-based growth equity shop, has produced the top-performing fund, measured by IRR, for backer California State Teachers’ Retirement System—quite an accomplishment consider the pension fund has backed nearly 300 funds since the late 1980s.

Market Intelligence

Market at a Glance

Buyouts - November 24 2014

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine firms raised an estimated year-to-date amount of $180.9 billion through November 14. That figure is up from $133.6 billion at this time a year ago.

From the Editor

ACG preps for another run at Dodd-Frank with new definition of middle-market funds

04 November 2014

A new definition of middle-market funds established by the Association for Corporate Growth sets the stage for a more targeted lobbying effort to try to ease regulation seen as overly restrictive, such as a provision of Dodd-Frank preventing banks from committing money to most buyout funds. But by leaving some big firms behind, the effort poses the risk of giving the industry a less unified voice in Washington, D.C.

Inside the Deal

Looking to raise money from sovereign wealth funds? Make it easier for them

Buyouts - November 10 2014

Sponsors often find foreign governments, including the sovereign wealth funds they oversee, an easygoing source of capital. 

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