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Trending this week in private equity: CEO of PE-backed Centerplate under pressure to resign after allegedly hurting dog, Kelso offers sweet terms on latest fund, and LPs struggle to navigate most crowded fundraising environment ever.

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peHUB First Read

This morning, First Read brings you news Fortress is taking its recently closed infrastructure fund public, the SEC is facing a challenge to its pay-to-play rules in the name of free speech and music and video streamer Vevo is off the market.

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Fortress closes transportation fund on $995 mln cap

Fortress Investment Group has closed its Fortress Worldwide Transportation and Infrastructure Investors fund at its cap of $995 million. The fund was originally raised as a $395 million vehicle, which was followed up by a top-up capital raise of $600 million. The fund’s portfolio includes aviation, shipping, offshore energy and rail assets and infrastructure.

Easterly Capital appoints Fortress’ Andrew Dempsey

Andrew P. Dempsey, former chief operating officer of Fortress Investment Group‘s Permanent Capital Business Group, has joined Easterly Capital, a private investment firm founded by former Affiliated Managers Group chief financial officer Darrell Crate. Dempsey will be responsible for capital formation and business development.

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Fortress hires Citigroup exec Feig for liquid markets business

Fortress Investment Group has hired Jeff Feig, Citigroup’s global head of developed markets foreign exchange and a senior manager at Citi. Feig joins Fortress as a portfolio manager and co-CIO of the Fortress Macro Fund. He also will work as co-president of Fortress’s Liquid Markets business.

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Fortress sells GAGFAH stake

Fortress Investment Group has agreed to sell its remaining stake in GAGFAH. Fortress’s private equity business formed GAGFAH in 2004 through a series of acquisitions and has built the company into a listed owner-operators of residential real estate in Germany.

Benchmark, Fortress, Ribbit invest in Pantera Bitcoin

Pantera Capital Management, which is now focused exclusively on Bitcoin, said Wednesday that Benchmark, Fortress Investment Group and Ribbit Capital are acquiring an interest in Pantera Bitcoin Partners. Founded in 2003, Pantera Capital previously focused on global macro hedge fund investments.

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Benchmark leads $20 mln round for bitcoin wallet startup Xapo

According to a blog post on its site, Xapo has closed $20 million in Series A funding. Benchmark led the round with participation from Fortress Investment Group and Ribbit Capital. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Xapo is a bitcoin wallet startup. To read the announcement, visit here.

Crossroads Secures Financing From Fortress

Crossroads Systems, a provider of data archive solutions, has secured a $10 million credit facility from an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group. As a condition of the credit agreement, Crossroads will issue to Fortress 1,454,545 warrants to purchase common stock.

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