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Rod James is a reporter with Secondaries Investor and also contributes to sister title PrivateEquityInternational.com. He is based in the London office. Prior to PEI, his roles included a stint as a freelancer covering fintech and transaction banking, CEEMEA capital markets reporter with EMEA Finance magazine, and editor of the Latin American political and economic risk team at IHS Global Insight.
The emerging markets-focused firm sealed two transactions, including its first from an Africa-focused SMA.
The fund, which focuses on UK SMEs, has been in the market since January 2016.
The fund will focus on acquisition and recapitalisation potential in distressed European financial institutions.
Prince Max Von Und Zu Liechtenstein said US fund managers have been slowest to adopt ESG ideas, with Germany a surprising laggard in Europe.
Simon Cook, the venture capital firm's chief executive, spoke to sister publication Secondaries Investor about the problems with the traditional private equity model, his approach to the secondaries market and a deal that is edging towards close.
Jyrki Lee-Korhonen will continue to focus on Europe and the Nordics.
The firm expects to hold the final close by the end of June, PEI sister publication Secondaries Investor has learned.
LPs in the region represent a huge amount of capital, and they are increasingly looking to deploy it on their doorstep.
 The firm expects to reach first close by year-end with the European Investment Bank among the LPs.  
The fund is the Swedish private equity firm’s first solely to target Europe and will focus predominately on the TMT sector.  
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