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Rod James

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.
tech
The fund will invest in assets acquired by 2019-vintage Insight Venture Partners XI, following the launch in 2021 of a vehicle targeting Fund X investments.
appointment
BlackRock has reorganised its team as it pushes ahead with fundraising following the departure of three MDs to Apollo last month.
portfolio
Oliver Gardey and Ryan Levitt discuss market volatility, the need for specialism in secondaries and the likely drivers of LP deals in 2022.
hire
The Greenwich-headquartered secondaries buyer has been expanding quickly, making three MD appointments in the space of a year.
promotion
The preferred equity and NAV lending specialist agreed to be acquired by Oaktree in March and closed its debut fund dedicated to NAV-backed lending in April.
singapore
The Singapore buyout shop, which spun out of Standard Chartered in one of Asia's largest secondaries deals, will initially target GP-led deals in Korea.
fundraising
If it hits its target, Ashbridge Transformational Secondaries Fund II will be the largest GP-led-dedicated fund to hold final close.
More specialised, more data-driven and ever seasonal: PEI considers what the LP secondaries market might look like in five years’ time.
energy
The invasion of Ukraine has driven up the price of energy stakes, creating an opportunity for LPs to sell without having to accept a big discount.
New York
LP scepticism, co-investors’ grievances and a disregard for fairness opinions were some of the secondaries-related themes to emerge at last week’s CFOs and COOs Forum in New York.
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