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Carlyle buys ECi Software Solutions

The Carlyle Group has acquired ECi Software Solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Harris Williams & Co advised ECi while Latham & Watkins and PricewaterhouseCoopers advised Carlyle. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, ECi is a provider of business management and ecommerce software solutions.

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Venture Activity in Russia Climbs Sharply

Venture investing in Russia rose sharply last year as investors shifted their focus to larger, growth-stage transactions. Money going to startups climbed to $910.6 million, according to a study.

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PE Seen Catching Up on Sustainability, Environment

Corporations have led the way in addressing environmental, social and governance issues, but the private equity community is catching up, says Lauren Koopman, a director in the sustainable business solutions team at the global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Early Stage Deal Making Takes It On The Chin

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