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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Buyouts Deal of the Year Awards

Calling all entries! Buyouts 'Deal of the Year' Awards 2015

09 December 2014

Buyouts is now accepting applications for its fifteenth annual Deal of the Year awards, honoring exceptional buyouts that were fully or mostly realized in 2014. Winners will be selected in seven categories:

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Washington commits $400 mln to private equity

19 December 2014

The Washington State Investment Board committed $400 million to private equity at its Dec. 18 meeting, allocating $250 million to KSL Capital Partners and $150 million to Endeavour Capital, spokeswoman Kate Sandboe said in an email.

Endeavour targets $700 mln for seventh flagship fund

19 December 2014

Endeavour Capital is marketing a $700 million lower middle market fund, according to a spokeswoman from the Washington State Investment Board.

PE allocation keeps costs low in Wisconsin

19 December 2014

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board’s $6.9 billion private equity portfolio is among the largest held by U.S. public pensions, but from an asset allocation standpoint, the program is actually smaller than its peers. The state saved several million dollars in investment management fees as a result.

Lion Capital to more than quadruple its money with Bumble Bee sale

19 December 2014

Lion Capital expects to make more than 4.5x its investment with the sale of Bumble Bee Seafoods, according to a memo obtained by Buyouts.

Cyprium reaches $450 mln in long fundraise after KeyCorp spinoff

19 December 2014

Cyprium Partners has raised $450 million for Cyprium Investors IV LP, a private equity pool launched after the firm spun off from KeyCorp, according to a source familiar with the firm.

Fulcrum holds C$180 mln first close on fund earmarked mainly for Canadian companies

18 December 2014

 Fulcrum Capital Partners has raised C$180 million ($155 million) in a first close of its fifth partnership, Fulcrum Capital Partners V LP, earmarked mainly for investments in lower mid-market Canadian companies.

Cover Stories

Year in Review: M&A exits decline in Q4, but dollar figures rise; PE-backed IPOs stay strong

15 December 2014

U.S.-based financial sponsors saw a lull in exit activity in Q4 by number of M&A exits, but the dollar amount outpaced Q3 despite nearly 50 fewer deals. 

Pay for performance

Buyouts December 8 2014

Public pensions like CalSTRS are scrambling to find the right bonus structure to retain talent.

Fresh Capital

PE allocation keeps costs low in Wisconsin

19 December 2014

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board’s $6.9 billion private equity portfolio is among the largest held by U.S. public pensions, but from an asset allocation standpoint, the program is actually smaller than its peers. The state saved several million dollars in investment management fees as a result.

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Market Intelligence

Market At A Glance

Market at a Glance

12 December 2014

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine firms raised an estimated year-to-date amount of $200.2 billion through December 11. That figure is up from $168.7 billion at this time a year ago and has surpassed 2013’s total by nearly a full $10 billion.

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. 

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.