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Buyouts Deal of the Year Awards

Calling all entries! Buyouts 'Deal of the Year' Awards 2015

09 December 2014

Buyouts is now accepting applications for its fifteenth annual Deal of the Year awards, honoring exceptional buyouts that were fully or mostly realized in 2014. Winners will be selected in seven categories:

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Stabilis reaches more than halfway to $600 mln Fund IV target

23 January 2015

Stabilis Capital Management has raised $351 million for its fourth fund, which is targeting $600 million.


NYC Comptroller reveals new private equity chief’s salary

23 January 2015

After more than a month delay, the New York City Comptroller has finally revealed the salary of the office’s newly hired head of private equity, Alex Doñé.


SEC official sees no immediate crackdown on buyout firms: Reuters

22 January 2015

A senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official said any enforcement cases against private equity firms over how they handled fees and expenses could take years to build, but that may not be necessary in many instances, Reuters reported Jan. 22.

Gasoline prices are displayed at a Phillips 66 station in Moscow Mills, Missouri January 17, 2015. Plummeting oil prices have driven down the price of gas.

Riverstone to launch energy credit fund amid oil price turbulence: sources

22 January 2015

Riverstone Holdings is setting up an energy debt fund to take advantage of the dislocations roiling the markets as the price of oil continues to sink, according to three people with knowledge of the effort.

PE firms may bid for Orbitz

22 January 2015

Look for a private equity firm to win the Orbitz Worldwide auction, two bankers said.

Barney Frank

Frank advocates changes to Dodd-Frank PE registration rules

22 January 2015

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank – the “Frank” in the Dodd-Frank financial reform act – believes Congress should reconsider the $150 million threshold above which private equity firms must register with the SEC.

Pennsylvania commits $50 mln to Francisco Partners

22 January 2015

The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System committed up to $50 million to Francisco Partners IV at its Jan. 21 meeting, according to a statement.


Secondary volume goes through the roof

22 January 2015

This is just getting crazy now.

Ex-Golden Gate, Leonard Green execs launch Monogram Capital

21 January 2015

Two former executives from Golden Gate Capital and Leonard Green & Partners have founded Monogram Capital Partners.

KKR Special Situations Fund II seen as oversubscribed: source

21 January 2015

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co’s second special situations fund is expected to be oversubscribed, according to a source.

FTV Capital loses two partners

20 January 2015

Ben Cukier and Eric Byunn have left FTV Capital to launch Centana Growth Partners.

Veteran LP Kelly Williams to step back into advisory role

20 January 2015

Kelly Williams, a veteran limited partner, will take a step back as head of the highly successful customized funds-of-funds group that she co-founded, sources said.

‘Precipitous’ oil drop dims debt view on 3 sponsored E&P companies

20 January 2015

Three buyout-backed oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies drew debt downgrades as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services weighed the impact of lower oil prices on 23 U.S. names in the energy patch.

Ascensus to pay $100 mln dividend to owners, including Flowers

19 January 2015

Ascensus, which failed to get sold two years ago, is paying a $100 million dividend to its owners, which include J.C. Flowers & Co.

Pfingsten targets $400 mln for Fund V

19 January 2015

Pfingsten Partners, a Chicago-based firm, is back in the market with its fifth fund, targeting less than it raised for its prior vehicle, according to two people with knowledge of the fundraising.

Washington kicks off 2015 with $1.25 bln of PE commitments

19 January 2015

The Washington State Investment Board approved up to $1.25 billion to private equity funds at its Jan. 15 meeting, including as much as $600 million to a pair of Oaktree Capital Management funds.

Goldman CFO praises Volcker Rule extension for avoiding 'fire sales'

19 January 2015

Goldman Sachs ended 2014 with about $8 billion in private equity investments subject to the Volcker Rule, as CFO Harvey Schwartz praised regulators for allowing an extension that will help firms avoid a “fire sale” of assets.


On the Move, January 2015

19 January 2015


LP Scorecard: Big bet on middle market pays dividends for LACERS

16 January 2015

Debate rages in the investment community over which sized funds generate the strongest returns.

Chart of the Week: Blackstone and Apollo with top mega buyout funds since 2011

Chart of the Week: Blackstone, Apollo top charts with biggest mega-buyout funds since 2011

16 January 2015

Mega-funds are often viewed as safer investment vehicles, as most are run by large, recognized firms that generated strong returns on previous funds. The accompanying chart shows the top 10 mega-buyout funds to hold closes since 2011, ordered by target amount. Nine of the 10 funds exceeded their targets, with only Warburg Pincus Private Equity XI falling a tad short. 

Cover Stories

Year in Review: M&A exits decline in Q4, but dollar figures rise; PE-backed IPOs stay strong

15 December 2014

U.S.-based financial sponsors saw a lull in exit activity in Q4 by number of M&A exits, but the dollar amount outpaced Q3 despite nearly 50 fewer deals. 

Pay for performance

Buyouts December 8 2014

Public pensions like CalSTRS are scrambling to find the right bonus structure to retain talent.

Fresh Capital

Pennsylvania commits $50 mln to Francisco Partners

22 January 2015

The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System committed up to $50 million to Francisco Partners IV at its Jan. 21 meeting, according to a statement.

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Market Intelligence

Market At A Glance

Market at a Glance

12 December 2014

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine firms raised an estimated year-to-date amount of $200.2 billion through December 11. That figure is up from $168.7 billion at this time a year ago and has surpassed 2013’s total by nearly a full $10 billion.

Inside the Deal

Ron Kahn, managing director, Lincoln International

Even in “alternative” lending, banks can still call the shots

05 January 2015

It is no secret that for the last several years, mid-market lending, once dominated by banks, is quickly becoming the province of “alternative lenders”—non-bank entities such as business development companies, credit opportunity funds and hedge funds.

From the Editor

Chris Witkowsky

Small town, meet private equity

January 12 2015 Buyouts

In my perch observing the industry from as close inside as possible, I don’t always take a look outside to see the effects on the places and people where private equity makes its investments.