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Two of the largest public pension funds are aiming to identify the smaller firms that may not have come across their radars. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) – with the help of investment advisor Altura Capital – are compiling a database filled exclusively with emerging […]
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced last week that it again picked Santa Monica, Calif.-based Wilshire Associates as the primary pension consultant to its $182 billion fund. This didn’t come as any surprise to the firm. It has served CalPERS in that capacity for the past 22 years. Wilshire is credited with overseeing […]
Shasta Ventures has yet to announce any investments, but that hasn’t stopped limited partners from lining up for its inaugural fund. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm currently is in allocation mode, and expects to soon hold a final close in excess of its $175 million target capitalization. If oversubscription for a first-time fund manager doesn’t […]
The search is on for a fund-of funds manager at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). Last week the pension fund issued an RFP asking qualified groups to submit proposals for a $100 million mandate to run its New and Next Generation Managers Program. In late February the Sacramento-based pension fund set aside $100 […]
The search is on for a fund-of funds manager at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). Last week the pension fund issued an RFP asking qualified groups to submit proposals for a $100 million mandate to run its New and Next Generation Managers Program. In late February the Sacramento-based pension fund set aside $100 […]
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Lane MacDonald was staring at a conference room monitor at Boston-based Alta Communications as the first news reports of the Sept. 11 attacks began streaming in. Few specifics had been provided, but MacDonald was already uneasy about the safety of his colleagues. “When I first heard the reports, I had some concern because we almost […]
The venture capital industry has seen it all in the recent past enormous enthusiasm for “anything dot com”, highly leveraged management buyouts (MBO) and management buy-ins (MBI) and the rush to exploit emerging opportunities. Almost by definition the venture capital (VC) industry is a disciple of change. If an attitude of “steady as she goes” […]
Switzerland’s Vontobel Group in August launched 5E Holding (5E), a quoted fund-of-funds targeting Central and Eastern Europe. 5E, which stands for Excellence in Eastern European Emerging Equity, seeks to raise CHFr 250 million to CHFr 350 million (ecu 150 million-210 million). The offer was scheduled to close at the end of August. 5E will seek […]
City of London Investment Group plc (City of London) aims to raise up to $200 million (ecu 180 million) for an emerging markets fund-of-funds. The Emerging Markets Special Opportunities Fund (EMSOF) will acquire interests both in hybrid funds – quoted vehicles which take stakes in both public and unlisted stocks in emerging markets – and […]
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