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London-listed investment manager Gresham House has hit a GBP 300m final target for its British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF), three years after the infrastructure fund’s launch.

Gresham House said on Monday (29 June) it has hit final close on the housing and infrastructure equity fund, reaching the “upper limit of the final fundraising target”.

The fund manager was initially expected to reach final close in late 2018 and then in 2019.

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Nordic private equity firm CapMan has launched CapMan Special Situations to focus on turnarounds. The GP is in advanced discussions with investors and expects to launch and hold a first close for its first special situations fund in August this year. 

CapMan CEO Joakim Frimodig told Unquote:"We have come across a number of companies that are distressed and we want to give them a second chance to succeed. We also see a strong appetite from investors to invest in such a fund."

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GenesisCapital, a private equity firm dedicated to investments in central Europe, islaunching a new fund, Genesis Private Equity Fund IV, with a €150m target.

The vehicle plans to hold a first close at the beginning of 2021.This is the sixth private equity fund raised by Genesis since its establishment20 years ago. The fund will be larger than its predecessor, Genesis Private Equity Fund III, which closed on €82m in 2016.

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Allocate Special

The team takes a glimpse into the future of European private equity by catching up on the all the hot topics to come out of Unquote’s international fundraising event Allocate. Oscar Geen hosts Gareth Morgan, Katharine Hidalgo, Francesca Veronesi and special guest Frode Odegard, chair and CEO at the Post-Lean Institute.

Generation game

With millennials now making up the bulk of new entrants in private equity, the expectations of these young professionals can sometimes be at odds with the industry's prevailing culture. Oscar Geen hosts Unquote editor Greg Gille – who spoke with special guest Gail McManus, managing director of private equity recruitment firm PER, about how PE must adapt to secure a prosperous workforce.

Sector selectors

Sector specialisation has grown in prominence among private equity players in recent years, as mid-market investors seek to differentiate themselves to attract prospective LPs. Kenny Wastell hosts research manager Gareth Morgan and news editor Oscar Geen, while Oscar speaks with special guest Janet Brooks, managing director at Monument Group, about standing out in the crowd.

Karmic balance sheets

The team explores developments in the impact investment space, with brand-name GPs entering the fray and convergence in reporting standards. Oscar Geen hosts Greg Gille and Gareth Morgan, while Kenny Wastell speaks to special guest Michele Giddens, co-founder and partner at Bridges Fund Management.

Ready, debt set, go

Unquote’s podcast team has been speaking with your creditors, and getting the low-down on private debt. Kenny Wastell hosts Oscar Geen and Unquote editor Greg Gille, with a special interview between Oscar and Certior Capital partner Timo Hara.

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