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Almeida joins Carlyle as Operating Executive

The Carlyle Group said Monday that José (Joe) E. Almeida has joined the firm as an Operating Executive in the Global Healthcare group, effective immediately. Almeida was the former Chairman, President and CEO of Covidien which was sold to Medtronic plc in January for $50 billion.

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Carlyle to invest in Rede D’Or São Luiz

The Carlyle Group has agreed to invest in Rede D’Or São Luiz, the largest private hospital operator in Brazil. Financial terms weren’t announced. The founding Moll family will retain a majority of Rede D’Or, while BTG Pactual will continue to have a minority. BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC provided financial advice to Carlyle and Banco BTG Pactual served as financial advisor to Rede D’Or.

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Carlyle to shutter its two mutual funds: Reuters

Carlyle Group LP has decided to liquidate the two mutual funds it launched last year, regulatory filings showed this week, as the private equity firm seeks other ways to gain more traction with so-called liquid alternative funds.

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Carlyle names Clare to Deputy Chief Investment Officer post

The Carlyle Group said Thursday that Peter Clare, an MD, was named Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Corporate Private Equity. Clare joins Kewsong Lee in the investment role. Clare and Lee will report to William Conway, Carlyle’s chief investment officer. Clare is currently the Co-head of the U.S. Buyout group and will maintain those duties in addition to his new role, Carlyle said.

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Carlyle inks buy of Conifer Financial

The Carlyle Group said Tuesday it has agreed to buy a majority stake of Conifer Financial Services LLC. Financial terms weren’t announced. Capital for Carlyle’s investment will come from Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners II LP. Conifer is an asset services firm and has more than $100 billion of combined assets under administration. Macquarie Capital and Freeman & Co. served as financial advisors to Conifer. Duff & Phelps Securities LLC advised Carlyle.

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AxleTech names Gryzenia CEO

AxleTech International said Tuesday that Bill Gryzenia was named CEO effective today. Gryzenia was previously VP and General Manager of Dana Holding Corp.’s on-highway and off-highway aftermarket business. The Carlyle Group acquired AxleTech, an engineering and manufacturing company for off-highway and specialty vehicle drivetrain systems and components, in January.

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