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First Read starts your morning with news of Rakuten buying ebook and audiobook platform OverDrive for $410 million, Target says it will pay $10 million in damages to 2013 data breach victims and flagship Toys ‘R’ Us store in Times Square is closing.

SK Capital hires executive from CI Capital as CFO

SK Capital Partners has hired Jerry Truzzolino as chief financial officer from CI Capital Partners. Truzzolino previously worked at Neuberger Berman as senior vice president and co-head of the finance group. The firm also promoted Philip Marxen to principal from vice president. Marxen joined SK Capital in early 2014.

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Neuberger Berman boosts Asia team

Neuberger Berman has appointed Clifford Chiu, a former partner member at KKR, as senior adviser to Neuberger Berman Asia, effective immediately. Chiu will work across the Asia Pacific region to help Neuberger Berman build its Asian client base.

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This morning’s First Read brings you news of AnaCap’s Fund III, the launch of female outfit Aspect Ventures, a ‘one and done’ for Draper Fisher Jurvetson and an inaugural debt fund for Neuberger Berman.

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Take a break this morning with the latest news links and discover all about Warburg Pincus’ energy fund plans, Neuberger Berman’s penchant for Latin American deals, why MassPrim is topping the PE performance charts and Pinterest doing it again with its Series E.

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Wyoming Earmarks $600M for PE, Snubs Cheyenne Capital

The Wyoming Loan and Investment Board plans to invest $600 million into three separate managed accounts over the next three to five years, with Hamilton Lane and Neuberger Berman each managing $200 million separate accounts. PE shop Cheyenne Capital, which currently manages a separate account for Wyoming, was said to not meet the state’s new requirements due to its size.

Kasser Joins Neuberger Berman

Susan Kasser has joined Neuberger Berman as an MD and head of private debt at Neuberger Berman Alternatives. Kasser joined Neuberger Berman in March and is based in New York. Most recently, Kasser was with the Carlyle Group, where she was a founding member of Carlyle Mezzanine Partners.

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New York City Makes Mammoth $1.1B In PE Commitments

The New York City Retirement Systems, the $127 billion group of municipal pensions overseen by the city comptroller’s office, made an impressive $1.1 billion in commitments to five private equity funds in the first quarter, according to Stephanie Hoo, a senior press officer. According to sister magazine, Buyouts, the funds are managed by The Carlyle Group, Platinum Equity…

3i Invests in Brazilian Eyewear Retailer

A consortium led by 3i Group has agreed to acquire Óticas Carol, a Brazilian eyewear retailer from Brazilian entrepreneur Marcos Amaro. As part of the transaction, OC CEO Ronaldo Pereira will significantly increase his equity stake in the company. Institutional investors Neuberger Berman and Siguler Guff are co-investing alongside 3i in the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of March. The combined equity investment amounts to R$108 million (£36.4 million).

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Dyal Capital, PE Fund Buying Hedge Firm Stakes, Tops Target

In 2010, Neuberger Berman, the big money manager spun out from the now-bankrupt Lehman Brothers, took a big gamble when it launched a new type of fund that would blur the lines between private equity and hedge funds by purchasing minority stakes in high performing hedge fund managers. More than two years later, the verdict is in…

Neuberger Berman Inks $720M for Fund-of-Funds

Neuberger Berman Group has raised $720 million for its NB Crossroads 2010 Fund, which will focus on investing in private equity funds and co-investments alongside buyout shops. Neuberger Berman has offices in New York, Dallas, London and Hong Kong.

New Director of Comms for Carlyle

The Carlyle Group has appointed Randall Whitestone as principal and director of communications for the Americas. Whitestone, with more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications and financial journalism, comes to Carlyle from Neuberger Berman where he served as global head of corporate communications. He is based in New York.

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