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Apollo cites separate accounts as big growth area

As the universe of private equity limited partners expands to include massive pools of capital like sovereign wealth funds, firms are working to find ways of satisfying growing appetite for specially tailored accounts that meet specific investment needs.

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Wasserstein & Co., co-investors agree to buy ALM Media

Wasserstein & Co. has agreed to acquire ALM Media from Apax Partners and RBS. The investment will be made through Wasserstein Partners III. The Ontario Pension Board, Pantheon, the Honeywell pension and HighVista Strategies are co-investing in the deal. ALM is a provider of specialized business news, research and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. The company has about 700 employees and a portfolio of more than 350 print and digital publications, including The New York Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal.

ScaleVP leads Series B round for Pantheon

Pantheon said Thursday that it has raised $21.5 million in Series B financing. Scale Venture Partners led the round with participation from OpenView Partners, Foundry Group and First Round Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Rory O’Driscoll, a partner at ScaleVP, has been added to Pantheon’s board of directors. Based in San Francisco, Pantheon is a website platform for professional developers, designers and marketers.

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Qiming Venture Partners closes $500 mln for fourth fund

China-based venture firm Qiming Venture Partners said Thursday that it has raised $500 million for its fourth fund. The pool’s LPs include Princeton University, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NYU, Pantheon, Commonfund, Emerald Hill, Mayo Clinic, MIT and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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Pantheon Appoints Head of European Infrastructure

Pantheon has appointed Andrea Echberg as partner and head of European infrastructure investments. Echberg is based in London and will be focusing on infrastructure secondary and co-investments as well as managing the primary infrastructure fund investments in Europe.

Former Pantheon Execs Drive Quay Partners International Expansion

Quay Partners has announced changes to its ownership structure and expansion plans with international appointments enabling the firm to compete in offering global private equity advisory services. Richard Bowley (former CEO of Pantheon) and Geoff Norman (former head of Pantheon Asia) have increased their equity holdings in Quay Partners and now have a controlling stake in the firm.

Quay Partners Appoints Pantheon’s Reed

Quay Partners, a private equity fund investor and advisory firm has hired Jeffrey Reed as a partner of its US operations. Reed, who will work with Ian Deas in the California office, joins the firm after 12 years with Pantheon. PRESS RELEASE Quay Partners, a private equity fund investor and advisory firm announced that Jeffrey […]

Secondary Firms Eye Asian Opportunity

Lexington Partners, Pantheon and Greenpark Capital have all opened offices in Asia in the hope of tapping lucrative opportunities as the Asian private equity market stalls. According to Reuters there is around $200 billion of private equity capital in Asia still to exit. Reuters – As hundreds thronged a financial conference in Hong Kong last […]

Pantheon Appoints Euro Infrastructure Head

Global private equity fund investor Pantheon has appointed Heiko Schupp as principal and head of European infrastructure investments. Schupp will be based in London and joins from Eiser Infrastructure Limited (formerly ABN AMRO Infrastructure Capital) where he was investment director responsible for acquiring and managing infrastructure assets across Northern Europe. PRESS RELEASE Pantheon, a leading […]

Two Senior Hires for Pantheon

London-based fund manager Pantheon has appointed two senior executives to its product development and client services teams in the UK and US. Amanda McCrystal joins Pantheon’s London office as a principal, leading the strategic development of new product and distribution initiatives. She joins from HarbourVest where she headed up strategic business development. Yokasta Baez joins Pantheon’s New York office as a vice president in the global client services team. She joins from AXA Private Equity where she was manager of North American investor relations and business development.

Slideshow: European Fund-of-Funds Build Up U.S. Offices

One thing is for sure in the European private equity fund managers’ space, a US presence is a must-have if you want to assert yourself as a global player and have credibility with your investors.
This seems to count for both the veteran giants with tens of billions in their coffers such as Netherlands-based AlpInvest, UK-based Pantheon and Swiss-based Partners Group as well as the more modest players with single figure billions under management such as Switzerland- based fund-of-funds Adveq and CapVent and, most recently, London-based Hermes GPE.

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Albert Flees Elevation Partners for Pantheon

Kevin Albert has left Elevation Partners to join Pantheon, a PE fund-of-funds investor. Albert will be a partner at Pantheon and global head of business development. Albert joined Elevation Partners in 2005 as an MD where he helped raise the firm’s first fund to invest in media and entertainment businesses. Affiliated Managers Group bought Pantheon in June.

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