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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Wisconsin co-investment program grows quickly

14 November 2014

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board burnished the bona fides of its recently launched private equity co-investment program, investing $45 million across three deals during the third quarter, according to Nov. 12 meeting materials.

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New Jersey State Investment Council Chair Grady steps down

19 November 2014

New Jersey State Investment Council chairman Robert Grady stepped down from his role following the council’s Nov. 19 meeting. The former Carlyle Group executive chaired the council during a four year period that featured a surge in the value of its private equity portfolio.

Exclusive: KKR, CD&R prepare joint bid for PetSmart

18 November 2014

Buyout firms KKR & Co LP and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC have teamed up to take PetSmart Inc private for more than $7.5 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters news service, as the auction for the pet food retailer heats up.

Vista credit fund's year-long fundraise draws at least $119 mln

19 November 2014

Vista Equity Partners has raised at least $119 million for Vista Credit Opportunities Fund I, a private equity pool set up to invest in debt issued by software, data and technology-focused businesses, in an effort that began at least a year ago, according to filings.

OpenGate, buyer of TV Guide for $1, meets with investors about debut fund

18 November 2014

OpenGate Capital, which made a name for itself when it bought TV Guide for $1 in 2008, has been talking to potential limited partners about raising its debut investment vehicle, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

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.

Deal News

Exclusive: KKR, CD&R prepare joint bid for PetSmart

18 November 2014

Buyout firms KKR & Co LP and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC have teamed up to take PetSmart Inc private for more than $7.5 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters news service, as the auction for the pet food retailer heats up.

Market Intelligence

market at a glance

04 November 2014

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine firms raised an estimated year-to-date amount of $157.9 billion through October 31. That figure is up from $129.6 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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