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Clairvest’s Fund V outperforms in first close, raising $518 mln

Canadian private equity firm Clairvest Group has completed the first closing of Clairvest Equity Partners V (CEP V), raising $518 million, or 86% of its $600 million hard-cap target. That share is even higher than the 75% recently reported by peHUB Canada. The first close included a $180 million commitment from Clairvest itself, though the firm has reserved the right to increase this to $200 million prior to the end of the fundraising period. Clairvest co-CEO and managing director Jeff Parr told peHUB Canada that the firm would not increase CEP V’s hard cap, ensuring that investment activity continues to focus on partnerships with entrepreneurial, mid-market companies.

PRESS RELEASE

Clairvest Completes First Closing of Clairvest Equity Partners V at 86% of the Fund’s Cap of $600 Million

Toronto, Ontario (May 1, 2014) – Clairvest Group Inc. (TSX: CVG) today announced that it has completed the first closing of Clairvest Equity Partners V (“CEP V”) on April 30, 2014.

The amount of the first closing of CEP V was $518 million, 104% of the fund’s $500 million target or 86% of the $600 million cap, which is comprised of a $180 million commitment from Clairvest and $338 million from third party investors. Clairvest has reserved the right to increase its commitment to $200 million prior to the end of the fundraising period. The newly raised third party capital is expected to generate an annual increase in net management fees and priority distributions over the next few years.

CEP V is a successor fund to Clairvest Equity Partners IV Limited Partnership, a $467 million investment fund pool that closed in January 2011.

About Clairvest
Clairvest Group Inc. is a private equity management firm that invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity Partners limited partnerships, in businesses that have the potential to generate superior returns. In addition to providing financing, Clairvest contributes strategic expertise and execution ability to support the growth and development of its investee partners. Clairvest realizes value through investment returns and the eventual disposition of its investments.

Contact Information
Maria Klyuev
Director, Investor Relations and Marketing
Clairvest Group Inc.
Tel: (416) 925-9270
Fax: (416) 925-5753
mariak@clairvest.com

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