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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Gunmaker Colt Defense in Chapter 11 talks with bondholders

22 May 2015

Colt Defense LLC failed to make a $10.9 million interest payment on its unsecured notes, moving it closer to bankruptcy, following a steep drop in revenue at the gunmaker.

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Aberdeen Asset Management says to buy U.S. firm Flag Capital Management

27 May 2015

British fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy U.S. private equity and real asset-focused peer Flag Capital Management for an undisclosed amount, according to news service Reuters.

Money

Apax to make back more than it invested in Epicor

27 May 2015

Apax Partners may have failed to sell Epicor Software Corp last year, but the private equity firm is getting more than its money back.

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Promise of fee discounts leads San Diego County to increase EQT commitment

27 May 2015

The San Diego County Employees Retirement Association gave its investment staff the authority to commit up to100 million euros ($108.8 million) to EQT Fund VII at its May 21 meeting, according to a recording available through the pension’s website.

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Study finds bribery is top LP concern, while social issues rank near bottom

26 May 2015

Are North American investors less progressive than European LPs?

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OpenGate-backed PennySaver USA ceases operations

26 May 2015

OpenGate Capital-backed PennySaver USA, a weekly advertising publication, ceased operations after a lender cut off funding, according to a statement from PennySaver USA Chief Executive Officer Ronald Myers.

Chips

Affinity Gaming rejects Z Capital buyout offer

26 May 2015

Affinity Gaming rejected an offer by Z Capital to purchase the portion of the casino operator it doesn’t already own for $9.75 a share, prompting the private equity firm to support an effort to sell the company.  

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KKR's MMI Technologies tests waters for up to $300 mln IPO

26 May 2015

Singapore’s MMI Technologies, an electronics parts company owned by private equity firm KKR & Co LP, has started meeting with investors for an initial public offering worth between $200 million and $300 million, IFR reported, according to Reuters.

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Cerberus, Bain sell stakes in Japanese companies as market soars

26 May 2015

U.S. buyout funds Bain Capital and Cerberus Capital Management sold big stakes in two Japanese companies as the stock market surges – taking profits and avoiding an expected bout of volatility if the U.S. Federal Reserve raises rate later in the year, investors told Reuters.

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Carlyle hires Goldman for possible Telecable stake sale

26 May 2015

Carlyle Group has hired Goldman Sachs to advise it on the possible sale of its controlling stake in Spanish telecoms operator Telecable, two sources with knowledge of the deal told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Gunmaker Colt Defense in Chapter 11 talks with bondholders

22 May 2015

Colt Defense LLC failed to make a $10.9 million interest payment on its unsecured notes, moving it closer to bankruptcy, following a steep drop in revenue at the gunmaker.

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H.I.G. Capital private equity MD Tuch to leave firm: Updated

22 May 2015

Neil Tuch, a managing director on the private equity team at H.I.G. Capital, is leaving the firm after more than 10 years, H.I.G. Executive Managing Director Doug Berman and Tuch confirmed.

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Kentucky forms PE, private debt account for ag investments

22 May 2015

Kentucky Retirement Systems will move forward with a separate account to pursue private equity and private debt investments in the agricultural sector, chief investment officer David Peden said. Kentucky’s board of tustees approved the account at its May 21 meeting.

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PE-backed Univision buys The Root

22 May 2015

Private equity-backed Univision Communications Inc, which is expected to go public, has acquired The Root, an African-American news site, from Graham Holdings Co.

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University of Michigan backs former Cargill execs O'Brien and Staley

22 May 2015

The University of Michigan Board of Regents formed new relationships with two general partners at its May 21 meeting, according to endowment documents.

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LP Scorecard: CalSTRS collects more than $6 billion in distributions in recent 12-month period

22 May 2015

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System enjoyed a strong year of distributions in the year ending September 2014, realizing almost $6.1 billion from its private equity portfolio. 

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Bain Capital to cut stake in Japanese restaurant chain Skylark to less than half

21 May 2015

Bain Capital will cut its 70 percent stake in Japanese restaurant chain Skylark Co Ltd to less than 50 percent.

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KKR Asia business architect Bae to return to U.S.

21 May 2015

Joseph Bae, the Korean-American dealmaker that KKR & Co LP sent to Hong Kong 10 years ago to set up its Asian operations from scratch, will move back to the United States, the private equity firm has told its fund investors, Reuters reported.

Market At A Glance

Market at a glance

21 May 2015

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine fundraising had another lively two-week period, with the 2015 total growing by nearly $6 billion, to $102.2 billion. That is almost a full $26 billion ahead of where the tally stood at this time last year.    

Chart of the Week: Equity contribution in buyouts holds steady at just under 42 percent

Chart of the Week: Equity contribution in U.S. buyouts holds steady at just under 42 percent

21 May 2015

The percentage of equity used to finance U.S. leveraged buyout deals has plateaued the last two quarters at 41.7 percent. While that is down from the post-crisis highs, the market still hasn’t returned to the low 30 percent range seen from 2005 to 2007. 

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Permira explores sale of Ancestry.com for up to $3 bln

21 May 2015

Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest family history website helping users trace their heritage, is exploring a sale that could value it at between $2.5 billion and $3 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Impact investing: Deval Patrick wants to leave a mark at Bain

Buyouts May 18, 2015

A growing number of limited partners want their private equity investments to do more than make money. They also want them to do good.

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GE Antares sale will shake up middle-market lending

Buyouts May 4, 2015

COVER STORY: The pending sale of General Electric Co’s massive GE Antares unit will likely determine the top player in the growing middle-market sponsored finance business. The deal for the marquee lender has been attracting strong interest at an expected price tag of at least $16 billion.

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Blowing the whistle: Former employee's suit against TPG invokes whistleblower provision in Dodd-Frank

Buyouts April 20, 2015

TPG Capital’s legal fight with its former spokesman, Adam Levine, may seem a bit lopsided.

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Q1 2015 in review

Buyouts - Apr 6 2015

Here’s a quick guide to our coverage of Q1 2015 deals, exits and fundraising.

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Deal of the Year 2015 Winners

Buyouts - Mar 23 2015

One of the great aspects of private equity is the industry’s dedication to companies that actually make stuff.

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European Deal of the Year: The Carlyle Group

Buyouts - Mar 23 2015

Investing into the teeth of the global financial crisis was not an easy decision to make, but many times those with the fortitude to do it emerged with strong results.

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Small Market Deal of the Year: High Road Capital Partners

Buyouts - Mar 23 2015

Targeting a niche market like quilting helped High Road Capital Partners sew up a profitable exit.

Fund News

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Aerospace-focused Acorn Growth aims to take flight with first institutional fund

20 May 2015

Acorn Growth Companies, an Oklahoma firm that brings operating experience to aerospace deals, is planning to raise up to $300 million for its first institutional fund after investing with support from family offices for about a decade, according to a source.

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.

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20 April 2015

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Cover Story

Deval Patrick, Massachusetts, governor

Impact investing: Deval Patrick wants to leave a mark at Bain

Buyouts May 18, 2015

A growing number of limited partners want their private equity investments to do more than make money. They also want them to do good.

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Performance data for more than 2,000 funds

15 December 2014

Download the latest “Returns Database” table from the Related Files tab below to see how more than 2000 funds have been performing.

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Talking Top Quartile

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Talking Top Quartile with John Hill, vice chairman, First Reserve Corp

Buyouts May 4, 2015

How did First Reserve Corp’s Fund X generate an IRR greater than 36 percent? Buyouts talked to firm co-founder, Vice Chairman and Managing Director John Hill to find out.

Market Intelligence

University of Texas takes over second place in endowment size, with 24 percent surge

Chart of the week - University of Texas endowment, with 24 percent surge, takes over second place from Yale

15 May 2015

Between fiscal years 2013 and 2014 ended June 30, U.S. and Canadian institutional endowments grew by 15 percent on average. 

From the Editor

Editor's Letter: The pendulum swings back

18 May 2015

General partners are flexing their muscles again.

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For effective leadership, improve your power score

12 May 2015

Abraham Lincoln is considered to be one of the country’s greatest leaders. But he was inadvertently flirting with a depressed “power score” when he stuck with an overly cautious George B. McClellan as commander of the Army during the early years of the Civil War.

Rahul Kanwar, SS&C Technologies

Need to Meet: Rahul Kanwar, Managing Director, SS&C Technologies

Buyouts May 18, 2015

As a fund administrator with decades of experience in cloud computing and fund accounting, Rahul Kanwar sees a market opportunity tied to the diversification of private equity as an asset class.

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Five Questions with John Rompon, Managing Partner, McNally Capital LLC

Buyouts May 18, 2015

John Rompon is a managing partner with Chicago-based McNally Capital, which partners with family offices and high-net worth investors on direct investments. Buyouts asked him about why family offices are so eager to go direct these days.