Highlander Partners beefs up team with three new hires

Dallas-based private equity firm Highlander Partners has expanded its North American team with three new additions. Drew Koecher is coming on board as a partner while Allen Schaar and Charles Thomas have joined the firm as operating partner and associate, respectively. Previously, Koecher worked at KPMG where he served as a partner; Schaar was an interim president of Eagle Healthcare Physicians; and Thomas was a hedge fund analyst at Stadtler Capital Management.

Green Courte Partners promotes two to vice president

Chicago-based private equity real estate firm Green Courte Partners has promoted both Matthew J. Pyzyk and Chad V. Gardner to vice president. Prior to joining Green Courte, Pyzyk worked at Prudential Mortage Capital where he served as a junior associate while Gardner worked in the real estate tax practice at KPMG.


Jobs of the Week: Denham, Goldman Sachs and KPMG are hiring

This week on the job’s board two pension funds are looking for chief investment officers, Denham Capital is recruiting for an investor relations associate; Rockport Venture Partners is seeking a managing director and Goldman Sachs needs a New York-based leveraged finance associate.

EQT VI to Invest in Tiger

EQT VI is to acquire 70% of Tiger, a variety retail store concept with more than 170 stores across 16 European countries. EQT VI was supported by SEB Enskilda as M&A advisor, Accura as legal and tax advisor, and KPMG as financial advisor.

Another Strong Quarter for Israeli Tech

Israeli high-tech firms raised $483 million in venture capital in the first quarter, after raising $2.14 billion in 2011, according to the the Israel Venture Capital Research Center, writes Reuters. The amount raised in the January-March period was 15 percent lower than the fourth quarter but flat versus the first quarter of 2011, IVC, in […]

The Week Ahead: First Investments for Russia Direct Investment Fund

MONDAY 19 MARCH Venture Capital Forum Canada Hosts Funding Platform for Start-up Companies The week kicks off with the first day of the three day Venture Capital Forum Canada hosted by the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada. The forum takes place at the Hôtel Intercontinental
 Montréal. Prominent speakers over the three days include Jean-René […]

KPMG Names Moyers Head of PE Group

Consultancy KPMG has named Marc Moyers as head of its U.S. Private Equity Group, the company announced Monday. He succeeds Shawn Hessing who is retiring from the firm. Moyers joined KPMG LLP in 1977 and became a partner with the company in 1986.

KPMG Poll: PE Execs Prefer North America

Conventional wisdom is that emerging markets present the best return prospects for today’s private equity investors, but many are remaining closer to home.

At least that’s the finding of KPMG, which last month polled 60 senior private equity professionals. Forty-eight percent picked North America as the best place for investing based on competition, relative valuations, projected returns, economic outlook and relative ease of doing business. China came in second with 19%, while Latin America ranked third with 17% and India had 7 percent.

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