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Cape Natixis has announced the first and final close of the Cape Natixis Due fund at EUR195 million against a target of EUR160 million. The fund, which was raised through the invitation of selected investors, was oversubscribed and commitments have been made by a variety of international investors.

Acanthus Advisers acted as exclusive financial advisor and international placement agent for the fund, which will focus on small and mid cap buy-outs in the North of Italy, particularly in particular around the 'Golden Triangle' of Lombardia, Veneto and Emilia Romagna.

Target investments are buy-outs or build-ups in situations relating to family succession and consolidating sectors with enterprise values typically below EUR20million. The management company was founded by Simone Cimino, Chairman, in 1999 and has been co- managed since 2002 with Marco Vismara, CEO and Guido De Vecchi, Managing Partner. 
A small portion of the fund is to be used for selective investments in China. Since 2002 several trading and production subsidiaries have been established in China on behalf of portfolio companies. The Cape China team currently consists of three professionals, provides Cape with a permanent presence and established network.

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