Caspian Fund II raises more than $242 mln

Caspian Private Equity LLC announced late Thursday the final close of its latest fund. Caspian Private Equity II LP on Dec. 31 collected over $242 million from 85 different Limited Partners, exceeding its initial target of $200 million. CPE II will seek to make non-control investments in lower middle market opportunities. Caspian is an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management LP, an asset manager.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Caspian Private Equity, LLC (“Caspian”) announced today that it has held the final closing of Caspian Private Equity II, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“CPE II”) on December 31st, 2014, and reached aggregated commitments of over $242 million from 85 different Limited Partners, exceeding its initial target of $200 million.

CPE II has been established to make direct equity investments primarily in US-based private companies through investments typically made on a non-control basis. CPE II seeks to make opportunistic investments, diversified across investment stage and industry, with a focus on lower middle market opportunities.
“The primary investment strategy of CPE II leverages Caspian relationships, market knowledge, and investment expertise to realize significant capital appreciation by making equity and equity-related investments in private companies typically on a non-control basis,” said Nitin Gupta, partner of Caspian and lead investment professional for CPE II.
“We are very pleased with the success of CPE II fund raising,” said Nader Motamedy, Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of Caspian. “Our success is due to the trust and support of our existing LPs as well as our new institutional clients. This is a testament to the strong track record of our prior fund, Caspian Private Equity, LP, and to the strength of our team at Caspian. CPE II will allow us to continue to apply the strategy implemented in Caspian Private Equity, LP to create a diversified portfolio that gives our Limited Partners unique access to the lower mid-market private equity in the United States.”
About Caspian Private Equity, LLC (“Caspian”)
Caspian, the investment manager of CPE II, is an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, L.P., one of the largest asset managers in the world, based on assets under management. Caspian focuses on US private equity and real estate markets and invests in private equity funds and direct investments through separately managed accounts or fund vehicles. Caspian was spun off in March 2008 from Caspian Capital Management, LLC. Caspian advises on more than $2.1 billion of private equity initial commitments as of December 31st, 2014. Caspian is registered as an investment adviser with the US Securities & Exchange Commission. Registration with the US Securities & Exchange Commission does not indicate any particular level of skill or expertise.