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Linden closes fifth fund on $3bn

Chicago-based Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused shop, closed its fifth fund on $3 billion, it’s largest pool yet.

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Meanwhile, we do have some news! Chicago-based Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused shop, closed its fifth fund on $3 billion, it’s largest pool yet. The firm closed Fund V on its hard cap. Read more here on PE Hub.

Healthcare private equity fundraising has been strong this year. Over three quarters, 177 funds globally have raised about $165.7 billion, the second-highest tally since 2008. For North America, 105 funds secured about $100.7 billion, also the second-highest amount since 2008, according to data from affiliate title PEI.

Park Hill Group worked as placement agent on the fundraising. The firm has started deploying Fund V, having made three platform investments out of the pool so far.

It was preparing to sell Evolution Research Group, a network of independent clinical research sites, PE Hub reported in October. Harris Williams was advising on the process, which was expected to launch in early 2022, PE Hub wrote. Linden backed ERG in 2018.

The firm also publicly listed HydraFacial, an aesthetic skin health specialist, earlier this year through its $1.1 billion merger with Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp. The combined entity, The Beauty Health Co., began trading on Nasdaq in May.

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