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Monday, 20 October 2014

Lead Story

Bob Eckert

Former CEO of Mattel brings 'human capital' focus to FFL

16 October 2014

Buyouts Senior Editor Sam Sutton recently asked five questions of FFL Partners Executive Investor Robert Eckert, the former CEO of Mattel, Inc. and Kraft Foods.

Cover Stories

M&A exits hold steady; IPOs get lift from Alibaba

Buyouts - October 13 2014

Exit activity for U.S.-based financial sponsors remained strong in Q3, continuing the momentum that has been building since the second-half of last year.

Incentives grow routine in crowded fundraising market

Buyouts - October 13 2014

The news that TPG Capital is offering incentives to limited partners to commit to its seventh flagship buyout fund didn’t come as a surprise to many investors.

Fund News

Goldman mulls new infrastructure fund

03 October 2014

Goldman Sachs Group Inc is considering raising a new infrastructure fund, according to three people familiar with the matter, even as U.S. regulations threaten to reduce its profits from such endeavors.

Deal News

Vitamin Shoppe in talks to hire bank amid activist pressure

20 October 2014

Vitamin Shoppe Inc, the nutritional supplement retailer under activist shareholder pressure to consider a sale, is speaking to investment banks about hiring a financial adviser, people familiar with the matter told Reuters news service.

Fresh Capital

University of Michigan backs Harris Barton’s new co-invest fund

17 October 2014

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a $10 million commitment to a co-investment fund managed by former HRJ Capital co-founder and ex-San Francisco 49er Harris Barton, according to documents released by the endowment.

Meet the LP: Neha Markle, Morgan Stanley Video

29 August 2014

In this video from the PartnerConnect Midwest 2014 conference in Chicago, Neha Markle, executive director of the Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners PE Fund Group, discusses the firm’s third party fund of funds business, which has more than $35 billion of assets under management, including $12 billion in private equity investments.

Market Intelligence

MARKET AT A GLANCE

13 October 2014

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine firms raised an estimated $145.7 billion through the first nine months of the year, up from $123.1 billion at this time last year.

From the Editor

Carl Marks takes another buyout team under its wing

06 October 2014

Sand Oak Capital LLC has become an affiliate of consulting and merchant banking firm Carl Marks & Co. It plans to invest money supplied in part by that firm to acquire and invest in small industrial, manufacturing and distribution companies in upstate New York and elsewhere across the Northeastern United States.

Inside the Deal

Are sponsors getting worse at deal sourcing?

Buyouts - October 13 2014

While there is buzz that the asset class is becoming mature and efficient, deal sourcing, one of the most critical components of a private equity firm’s success, is becoming tougher. This means there is greater opportunity than ever for outperformance on a relative basis by sponsors that are better at business development.

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