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  1. Blackstone said to be in talks to back new distressed fund

    trueBlackstone Group is in talks to back a Hong Kong-based distressed fund started by Jason Brown, a former global head of Goldman Sachs Group special situations group, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

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  2. Orchid Asia closes sixth China growth capital fund at US$920 million

    trueOrchid Asia Group Management announced Thursday the hard close of Orchid Asia VI, the Hong Kong-based firm's sixth China private equity growth capital fund, at US$920 million.

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  3. MassPRIM preps private equity consultant search

    trueMassachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, Boston, will search for a private equity consultant, according to a board meeting summary.

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  4. SEC rules Timbervest violated Investment Advisers Act

    trueAn SEC administrative law judge ruled Wednesday that institutional timber manager Timbervest LLC violated terms of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

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  5. JMI Equity closes 8th fund at $1 billion

    trueJMI Equity closed its latest private equity fund JMI Equity Fund VIII at $1 billion, besting its $900 million fundraising target, a JMI spokeswoman said.

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  6. Institutional investors looking to increase alternatives allocations — Preqin

    trueInstitutional investors’ appetite for and satisfaction with alternative investments is high and growing, new survey results from alternative investment industry researcher Preqin showed.

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  7. Norges Bank Investment Management restructures investment departments

    trueNorges Bank Investment Management has restructured its investment departments in line with a new strategy plan for Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, Oslo, a spokesman said.

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  8. Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives

    trueTexas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1.

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  9. SEC: Private fund manager AUM up 22% for year ended May 31

    trueRegulatory assets under management by private equity, hedge fund and other private fund managers required to register with the SEC increased 22% to $8.9 trillion in the year ended May 31.

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  10. Montana Board of Investment signs 5 fund managers

    trueMontana Board of Investments, Helena, made a total of $95 million in alternatives commitments, said materials prepared for the Aug. 19-20 board meeting.

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  11. Arizona State Retirement earmarks $90 million to 2 funds

    trueArizona State Retirement System, Phoenix, committed $50 million to Veritas Capital Fund V, a middle-market private equity fund managed by Veritas Capital Fund Management, investment committee meeting materials said.

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  12. TPG entices investors to $10 billion fund with fee discounts

    trueTPG Capital is offering investors discounts on management fees as it tries to raise a $10 billion buyout fund after investing in soured deals including TXU Corp. and Washington Mutual Inc.

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  13. CalPERS' real estate consultant cautions the pension fund's investment committee

    trueCalPERS' real estate consultant warned fund officials must maintain their "disciplined approach" to underwriting in the "overheated market."

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  14. HKMA's head of direct investments for private equity, real estate departs

    trueHuh Yong-Hak stepped down on July 23 as head of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's direct investments in private equity and real estate.

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