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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Two Chicago Growth execs raise $350 mln for new fund

19 August 2014

Two executives from Chicago Growth Partners, which decided to stop raising its third fund earlier this year, have raised more than $350 million for investments in rapidly growing companies, a person with knowledge of the plans said.

Cover Stories

Tech ranks as most popular non-control deal sector while energy gains favor

Mega-growth-equity deals stomp onto scene

Buyouts - August 11 2014

Sponsors are making big bets on growth equity this year as a way to avoid pricey LBOs, but analysis of the trend finds there’s no easy way to escape lofty valuations in this emerging area of the dealscape.

Total portfolio geographic diversification

Funds of funds, emerging managers anchor Chicago Teachers’ strategy : UPDATED

05 August 2014

Many limited partners claim to adhere to a policy of sticking to core managers. But few have executed on that policy with the level of consistency demonstrated by the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund.

Fund News

Brazil’s NEO Investimentos targets foreign capital

25 August 2014

NEO Investimentos, a Brazilian-based GP, is raising its third fund and targeting international limited partners for the first time, according to two people with knowledge of the process, as well as regulatory documents.

Deal News

Exits, Q2 2014

17 July 2014 | Updated: 22 April 2014

Download the “Q2 2014 Exits” table from the Related Files tab below to see the full list of all M&As and IPOs by U.S.-based financial sponsors in the second quarter of 2014.

Fresh Capital

Illinois Municipal commits $277 million to Europe, emerging markets

25 August 2014

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund committed $127 million to three European-focused buyout funds, plus $150 million to an emerging markets commingled fund, as the $34.2 billion pension system moves to diversify its private equity portfolio with international exposure.

Meet the LP: Zach Doehla, CUNA Mutual Group Video

14 August 2014

In this video from the PartnerConnect Midwest 2014 conference in Chicago, Zach Doehla, director of alternative investments at CUNA Mutual Group, discusses the company’s sector-focused approach to the lower middle market, where it typically commits $10 million to $15 million per fund to 10 or 15 funds per year, with an emphasis on oil and gas, specialty chemicals and materials and technology.

Market Intelligence

Market at a glance 8.11.14

MARKET AT A GLANCE

Buyouts - August 11 2014

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine shops collectively secured $119.7 billion in capital commitments from institutional investors through Aug. 1. The latest year-to-date fundraising figure far surpasses the amount raised this time last year, when firms managed to secure $92 billion.

From the Editor

David Toll, Editor, Buyouts

Hawaii, to those raising money, looks like paradise: UPDATED

05 August 2014

Hawaii beckons as a wonderful spot for a vacation, and an analysis of the state retirement system’s private equity program suggests it is also a good place to raise money. In recent years the state has been ramping up both its commitment pace and average commitment size.

Inside the Deal

Béla Szigethy and Stewart Kohl of The Riverside Company

Eleven lessons learned, from 25-year-old Riverside Co

Buyouts - August 11 2014

The Riverside Company has enjoyed a lot of success since our founding in 1988 by finding great little companies and making them bigger and better. We’ve sold more than 100 companies in our history, and collectively we grew them more than 2.5x in size during our ownership. We adore smaller companies because there are more ways to improve them, making the upside much greater. It’s been a good run and we’re working harder than ever to keep it going for another 25 years in our-fast changing, hyper-competitive world.

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