Funds News in Brief 2

Forbion adds seven LPs

Coller Capital, the UK secondaries investor, has syndicated an undisclosed part of its 75% holding in Forbion Capital Fund I, the first fund of the ABN AMRO Capital life sciences spin-out. Coller and Forbion’s other cornerstone investor, ABN AMRO, have been joined by HarbourVest, Partners Group, Hamilton Lane, Pomona Capital, Van Herk Investments, Von Braun & Schreiber Private Equity Partners and Indofin Group.

Hellman raises US$8.4bn

San Francisco-headquartered firm Hellman & Friedman has closed its sixth fund on US$8.4bn (€6.2bn). HFCP VI will make investments of between US$250m and US$1bn, primarily in the US and Europe. While the firm’s exposure to Europe has to date been limited to just a handful of investments – such as Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 and VNU –the firm is hoping to add to this following its expansion of its London office which opened in 2004.

Ingenious film fund

UK media investor Ingenious has launched a €150m fund dedicated to backing independent European film distributors. Duncan Reid, commercial director at Ingenious, said: “Film distribution is one of the most profitable yet underinvested parts of the global film industry. For investors, the fund gives diversification and exposure to the most secure revenue stream in film with an attractive risk/return profile.”

Energy fund raises US$181m

4D Global Energy Advisors, Paris-based investment company specialising in the energy sector, has raised US$181m (€134m) for its second fund, SGAM/4d Global Energy Development Capital Fund II. The fund will provide investment to private small and medium sized companies across the hydrocarbons value chain.

Austrian VC’s third fund

Gamma Capital Partners, an Austrian technology VC, is on course to raise €30m for the first closing of GAMMA III, a fund focussing on technology and growth investments in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. Between 12 and 20 investment will be made in the ICT, electronics, life sciences, and renewable energy/cleantech sectors.