Simpson Thacher Closes $8.6B Buyout Fund For BC Partners

Law360, New York (February 21, 2012, 2:59 PM EST) -- BC Partners has closed its latest European buyout fund at €6.5 billion ($8.6 billion), the firm said Tuesday, making it the biggest European private equity fund raised since the onset of the financial crisis and a major boost for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's new U.K. fund formation group.

Like its previous eight funds, BC European Capital IX will focus on market-leading businesses with “defensive growth characteristics,” the firm said. The fund made its first investment in September with the acquisition of Com Hem AB, Sweden's...
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