Castanea Partners invests in Aurora Brands

Castanea Partners has made an investment in Aurora Brands, which owns two luxury home and lifestyle brands MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater. Castanea is partnering with Aurora Brands management, led by Lee Feldman and Howard Cohen, on the investment. Ron Frasch, an operating partner at Castanea, will be joining Aurora Brands’ board.


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Blue Sage Capital hires Barclays analyst as associate

Blue Sage Capital has hired Davis Miller as an associate to assist with evaluating, structuring, due diligence and financial modeling of opportunities. Before Blue Sage, Miller worked as an analyst in the Natural Resources Investment Banking Group at Barclays in Houston.


J.F. Lehman & Co. acquires Aeronautical & GI Holdings

J.F. Lehman & Company has acquired Aeronautical & GI Holdings Limited and subsidiaries Aeronautical & General Instruments Limited and Hoffman Engineering Corporation. Aeronautical & GI Holdings, based in Poole, UK, provides LED lighting systems for naval vessels, military and commercial aircraft and military ground vehicles.


Carlyle Group closes $816 mln CLO fund

The Carlyle Group has closed a collateralized loan obligation fund totaling about $816 million. The CLO was arranged by Citigroup and is Carlyle’s third this year in the U.S. The CLO fund will invest primarily in senior secured bank loans. With this closing, Carlyle has raised about $3.23 billion in CLOs this year — $2.16 billion in the U.S. and $1.07 billion in Europe.


TA hires former Fireman Capital executive Clara Jackson

TA Associates has hired Clara Jackson as a vice president in the Services Group. Prior to joining TA Associates, where she started Aug. 18, Jackson was a vice president at Fireman Capital Partners. Before, Jackson worked as an associate at TPG Growth. She began her career at Goldman Sachs & Co. as an investment banking analyst in the financial institutions group.


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