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Monday, 22 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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Survey: LPs don't think more senior-level women at PE firms will better returns

22 December 2014

One of the big issues around finance these days, especially venture capital and to some extent, the private equity industry, is the frustrating lack of women in senior roles.

Marcus New, founder and CEO, InvestX

Need to Meet: Marcus New, founder and CEO, InvestX Capital

22 December 2014

While tapping into retail investors remains a popular topic among private equity firms, recently-launched InvestX Capital bills itself as the first crowdfunding marketplace to give individuals a way to invest directly in private equity deals.

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.

University of Michigan commits $80 mln to energy, distressed debt

22 December 2014

The University of Michigan Board of Regents committed $80 million to private equity funds that will invest in distressed debt and energy assets at its Dec. 18 meeting, according to documents released by the endowment.

MassPRIM approves five GPs for co-investment

22 December 2014

The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board has approved a list of five private equity firms with which the system can co-invest, according to board materials for MassPRIM’s meeting earlier this month.

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.

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

MassPRIM approves five GPs for co-investment

22 December 2014

The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board has approved a list of five private equity firms with which the system can co-invest, according to board materials for MassPRIM’s meeting earlier this month.

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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.