Lovell Minnick so far collects roughly $275 mln for Fund IV

Lovell Minnick Partners held a roughly $275 million first close last week for its fourth fund, which is targeting $550 million, according to sources.

The private equity firm collected about half of its target with the close, one of the people said.

The PE firm is not using a placement agent. Fund IV is targeting more than Lovell’s third fund, which closed at $450 million in 2010.

With offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Lovell Minnick focuses on the financial services industry. The firm typically invests $20 million to $80 million of equity per deal, according to its website.

Lovell said today that it had acquired a minority stake in 361 Capital. Financial terms weren’t announced. Denver-based 361 Capital is an asset management firm that specializes in liquid alternatives, according to a statement. Lovell’s investment in 361 came from its third fund.

This week, Lovell also promoted Jason Barg and Trevor Rich to principal. Barg and Rich are both members of the investment team completing the investment of Lovell Fund III, a statement said.

Lovell Minnick executives declined comment.

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