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TPG reaches $6.5 bln for Fund VII’s first close

TPG Capital LP drew in $6.5 billion in commitments for its first close on TPG Partners VII, its newest flagship fund that offered discounts on management fees for early investors, according to a person familiar with the firm.

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Social+Capital to raise $450 mln third fund

Social+Capital Partnership is raising a $450 million third fund. The new fund – Social Capital Partnership III – is a step up from the firm’s second fund, which in 2013 targeted $325 million.

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Finistere Ventures collects $150 mln for agricultural tech fund

Finistere Ventures has raised $150 million in the first close of its agricultural tech fund. Finistere Ventures FVII Fund’s founding partners include AVAC Ltd and Bayer CropScience. Verdex Capital will oversee the fund’s Canadian arm in partnership with Finistere Ventures.

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Fundraising in Latin American breaks records

Capital rushed back into private equity funds in Latin America last year, with fundraising breaking all previous records with a full-year tally of $10.39 billion, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

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Searchlight gets ready to launch Fund II

Searchlight Capital Partners, which started life with much fanfare in 2010, has been talking to potential limited partners about targeting up to $1.5 billion for its second fund, according to three people with knowledge of the firm.

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Notation Capital raises about $8 mln for pre-seed fund

Notation Capital, a Brooklyn-based VC firm, said it raised a maiden fund of about $8 million. The fund – Notation Capital Fund I – expects to back pre-seed deals and will write checks of $100,000 to $200,000 to join rounds of less than $400,000.

Baring Asia raises $4 bln for 6th Asia fund-Reuters

Hong Kong-based Baring Private Equity Asia said on Tuesday it had raised $3.99 billion for its sixth Asia fund, the second-largest private equity funding ever for investments into the region as sovereign wealth funds and other investors flock to growth opportunities in Asia.

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Homebrew raises $85 mln in capital for seed and growth deals

Almost exactly two years ago Homebrew began investing its maiden fund with $35 million of seed capital. Last Friday it unveiled a big increase in firepower: $85 million in new money split between a second seed fund and a follow-on fund for primarily B rounds deals.

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