Wayfair Raises $36.3M From Battery, Great Hill, HarbourVest & Spark

Wayfair.com said it raised $36.3 million in equity financing from Battery Ventures, Great Hill Partners, HarbourVest Partners and Spark Capital. The money will be used to grow Joss & Main, the company’s private sale site for the home. The site has nearly three million members and is operating at a $100 million annual revenue run-rate.

CHAMP Ventures Acquires Majority Stake in Sea Swift

CHAMP Ventures 7 Funds has acquired a majority interest in the Queensland-­based marine logistics company Sea Swift. HarbourVest Partners is investing alongside CHAMP. Sea Swift has over 300 staff and 25 vessels, with current turnover of approximately $100 million.

HarbourVest To Buy Conversus PE Portfolio

HarbourVest Partners has agreed to buy the private equity portfolio held by Conversus Capital for $1.4 billion, or $22.11 per Conversus unit as of April 30. The deal is expected to hold an initial close during Q4 with subsequent closings occurring throughout 2013. In February, Conversus announced a review of strategic alternatives, including a possible […]

BenefitMall and CompuPay Merge with Austin Ventures Backing

BenefitMall and CompuPay have merged through an equity financing led by Austin Ventures and including HarbourVest Partners. The merger of BenefitMall and CompuPay will create a national provider of employee benefit and payroll solutions. PRESS RELEASE BenefitMall and CompuPay (together, the “Company”) today announced a merger of the companies through an equity financing led by […]


Returns Scorecard: 10 Top Funds of Funds: CORRECTED

Back in 2008 and 2009 I took an in-depth look at the performance of funds of funds and, well, found them lacking. I raised the question of whether they were worth the added layer of management fees and, in many cases, carried interest. This year I revisit the subject with a larger, 80-fund, pre-vintage 2007 […]

HarbourVest Promotes Eleven

Buyout shop HarbourVest Partners has promoted David Atterbury to the post of managing director, and promoted ten other individuals to principal and vice president. In Europe, Carolina Espinal de Carulla, Claudio Siniscalco and Hannah Tobin have been promoted to Principal; and Craig MacDonald has been promoted to Vice President. In Asia, Tim Flower has been promoted to Principal; and Kelvin Yap and Maggie Chan have been promoted to Vice President. And in the U.S., Ian Lane and Aris Hatch have been promoted to Principal; and McComma Grayson has been promoted to Vice President.

PennSERS Is Trying to Sell up to Half ($3B) of Its PE Assets

Things haven’t been going so great over at the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. It faces increasing obligations to pensioners, is over-allocated to private equity and has lost staff from its PE investment team. Against that backdrop, the $25 billion pension fund has been seeking buyers for as much as $3 billion worth of its PE investments, one […]

Renaissance Gets Offer from Thoma Bravo/HarbourVest But Recommends Lower Permira Bid

Renaissance Learning said yesterday that it did receive a definitive buyout proposal from Plato Learning that is backed by Thoma Bravo and HarbourVest Partners. Plato is bidding $15.50 a share cash, which includes $128 million equity plus $410 million in debt. However, Renaissance’s board said it is still recommending a lower offer from Permira Funds. Permira is offering $14.85 a share cash.

Bain, KKR Put in Final Bids for MYOB

Bain Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. have put in their final bids for Australian software maker MYOB Lt., Reuters reported Monday. The company, which is owned by Archer Capital and HarbourVest Partners, could fetch more than $1 billion. Archer and HarbourVest paid about A$450 million for the company in 2008.

Bain Capital, KKR in Running for MYOB

Bain Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. are among the potential buyers for Australian software maker MYOB, Reuters reported. A sale of the company could fetch around $1 billion. MYOB is owned by Archer Capital and HarbourVest Partners, private equity investors that picked up the company in 2008 for roughly 450 million Australian dollars.

Slideshow: 10 Largest Pending Q2 LBOs

Buyouts recently wrapped its Q2 quarterly deal wrap-up, and the consensus, to put it bluntly, was ugly. Though our data was cut off at June 15, the results showed U.S.-based PE firms had closed 38 percent less control-stake deals in Q2 than in Q1, according to Thomson Reuters. This suggests many firms have spent much […]

CSN Stores Inks $165M in Financing

Online home goods retailer CSN Stores has raised $165 million in its first round of institutional financing from Battery Ventures, Spark Capital, HarbourVest Partners and Great Hill Partners. The nine-year-old company, which says it is profitable, will use the cash infusion to expand as it consolidates its catalog under the brand Wayfair.com, the company said Tuesday. The company will also use the funds for potential acquisitions.

Spectrum Equity, HarbourVest Sell World-Check to Thomson Reuters–UPDATED

Thomson Reuters, which publishes peHUB, has acquired World-Check, a provider of corruption prevention information. Financial terms were not announced. Spectrum Equity Investors and HarbourVest Partners acquired World-Check in 2007. UPDATE: Spectrum and HarbourVest invested $86 million equity in 2007 for a combined two-thirds of World-Check, a person says. The sale to Thomson Reuters is valued at north of $500 million, the source says. Portico Capital Securities provided financial advice to World-Check.

Global Secondary Market Expected to Surpass $25B, as Asian Deals Take Off

Private equity funds spent the last few years investing unprecedented sums in Asia. Now, secondary funds are swooping in for their share. That’s the impression from Monday’s announcement that a consortium of secondary investors has acquired a portfolio of stakes in Asia-based private companies from Bank of America valued around $400 million. The existing BofA […]


In Bizarre Twist, LPs Praise Venture Asset Class, See Strong Future

A strange thing happened at the National Venture Capital Association conference on Thursday. Two limited partners speaking on the last panel of the day said they are very upbeat about the venture asset class. The positive attitude marked a sharp turnaround from years past, during which limited partners — although still maintaining allocations to the […]

HarbourVest Promotes 4 to MD, Bilden to Become Senior Advisor

HarbourVest Partners has promoted Jeff Keay, Karin Lagerlund, Sebastiaan van den Berg, and Scott Voss to managing director. HarbourVest said Monday it is also in the process of establishing a team in Bogota, Colombia and expanding the team in Asia. Also, Philip Bilden, an MD with HarbourVet Partners in Asia, is transitioning to a senior […]

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