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  • Activist Hedge Funds Bet on Star Bulk Carriers Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:07 PM EDT

    Mark Weissman's activist hedge fund, Caspian Capital Partners, further raised its stake in Star Bulk Carriers with the purchase of ~10 million shares.

  • PetSmart Said to Be in Early Talks to Acquire Petco @ Bloomberg - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 5:17 PM EDT

    PetSmart Inc., the closely held pet-supplies company bought by private-equity firm BC Partners in March, is in early talks to acquire Petco Animal Supplies Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said. PetSmart has held preliminary talks with Petco owners Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, who bought the company in 2006, …

  • Solera Holdings Lands a Private Equity Consortium Deal Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 4:36 PM EDT

    The Solera merger is a private equity deal—often a riskier transaction than a strategic deal, wherein firms often have synergies and competitive advantages.

  • Exclusive: Petco begins merger talks with PetSmart: sources Reuters - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 2:00 PM EDT
    The Petsmart store in Westminster

    Petco Holdings Inc is exploring the possibility of being acquired by PetSmart Inc, according to people familiar with the matter, in a merger that could create a company that accounts for more than half of the U.S. pet supply industry's revenues. The preliminary talks between the two private equity-owned companies come …

  • Apollo to Bet on Structured Debt in OppenheimerFunds Retail Push @ Bloomberg - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 9:56 AM EDT

    Apollo Global Management LLC will help OppenheimerFunds push into structured credit, middle-market loans and direct real estate as the private-equity firm expands its strategies to retail investors. Apollo Credit Management will serve as a “sub-sub-adviser” to the Oppenheimer Global Strategic Income Fund, which had about …

  • Blackstone is not looking at a possible investment in Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa, a spokesman for the investment fund said on Friday, denying an earlier media report. Spanish financial newspaper ...

  • Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management seems to be trying to intentionally hurt the manufacturer of nutrition supplements but he's gone too far.

  • Alyeska Hedge Fund to Manage Money for University of Michigan @ Bloomberg - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 5:51 PM EDT

    The University of Michigan pledged about $345 million to seven investment managers from its $10 billion longterm endowment pool, following the approval of the school’s regents Thursday. The university, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has the third-largest endowment among public colleges in the U.S. One of the largest commitments …

  • Ardian Said to Buy $1 Billion of GIC Private-Equity Fund Stakes @ Bloomberg - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 4:12 PM EDT

    Ardian, the French alternative asset manager, agreed to buy a portfolio of private-equity fund stakes worth about $1 billion from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte, people with knowledge of the matter said. The private-equity firm made a preemptive offer to GIC at a premium to book value to avoid an auction, said …

  • A hedge fund manager in Moscow claims he never possessed or traded on inside information from an alleged scheme to hack into networks that distribute corporate news releases, according to a court filing late Wednesday. David Amaryan, 35, was among more than 30 defendants charged by U.S. authorities last month over the …

  • Dalio on Fed Policy, Hedge Funds, China (Full Show 09/16) @ Bloomberg - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 2:35 PM EDT

    Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates' chairman and founder, talks to Bloomberg's Tom Keene and Mike McKee on the eve of a critical U.S. Fed policy decision in "Bloomberg Surveillance Primetime" ...

  • Blackstone's Performance Food Said to Seek $400 Million in IPO @ Bloomberg - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 10:45 AM EDT

    Performance Food Group Co., the food distributor majority owned by Blackstone Group LP, is aiming to raise from $300 million to $400 million in an initial public offering as early as this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The price range and timing of the IPO may change depending on market conditions, …

  • The Battle Between Economists and Financial Practitioners @ Bloomberg - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 9:29 AM EDT

    Bloomberg Busienssweek's Peter Coy reports on Fed monetary policy and analyzes Bridgewater Associates' Ray Dalio interview on Bloomberg Television. He speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: ...

  • KKR’s Samson Resources Files Bankruptcy as Shale Bet Sours @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:31 PM EDT

    Oil and gas driller Samson Resources filed for bankruptcy in Delaware Wednesday night, undone by a collapse in energy prices and billions in debt that KKR & Co. and other investors piled on the company to fund a 2011 takeover. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Samson and its owners were stung by the same drop in energy prices that …

  • Insolvencies in 2015: Which Industries Are Most at Risk? @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:25 PM EDT

    Mahamoud Islam, a Euler Hermes' economist, discusses the firm's insolvency forecast with Bloomberg's Rishaad Salamat on "Trending Business." (Source: Bloomberg) More from Bloomberg.com Yale to ...

  • KKR’s Samson Resources Files for Bankruptcy as Shale Slumps @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:15 PM EDT

    Oil and gas driller Samson Resources filed for bankruptcy, undone by a collapse in energy prices and billions in debt that KKR & Co. and other investors piled on the company to fund a 2011 takeover. More ...

  • AMP Capital Plans Changes to China Fund After Investor Dissent @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:08 PM EDT

    AMP Capital Ltd. plans to make operational and governance changes to a China fund, heeding calls from one of its investors to narrow the stock fund’s discount. AMP Capital plans to implement the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock trading platform, improve the marketing of the AMP Capital China Growth Fund, establish an advisory …

  • Countdown to the Fed: Will They or Won't They? @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 9:41 PM EDT

    Michael Kurtz, Nomura's global head of equity strategy, discusses the outlook for Fed policy with Bloomberg's Angie Lau on "First Up." (Source: Bloomberg) More from Bloomberg.com Yale to Be Paid ...

  • Ray Dalio: Lower Asset Returns Are 'Certain' @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 7:58 PM EDT

    Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates' chairman and founder, talks to Bloomberg's Tom Keene and Mike McKee on the eve of the U.S. Fed policy decision. (Source: Bloomberg) More from Bloomberg.com Yale to Be ...

  • Ray Dalio: China Is Going to Be Just Fine...But Weaker @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 7:47 PM EDT

    Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates' chairman and founder, talks to Bloomberg's Tom Keene and Mike McKee on the eve of the U.S. Fed policy decision. (Source: Bloomberg) More from Bloomberg.com Yale to Be ...

  • Dalio: The Fed Is Too Worried About Short-Term Debt Cycle @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 7:40 PM EDT

    Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates' chairman and founder, talks to Bloomberg's Tom Keene and Mike McKee on the eve of the U.S. Fed policy decision. (Source: Bloomberg) More from Bloomberg.com Yale to Be ...

  • Ray Dalio: I Don't Care If the Fed Raises Interest Rates @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 7:32 PM EDT

    Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates' chairman and founder, talks to Bloomberg's Tom Keene and Mike McKee on the eve of the U.S. Fed policy decision. (Source: Bloomberg) More from Bloomberg.com Yale to Be ...

  • Which Way Will Fed Go?: What'd You Miss? (Full Show 9/16) @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 6:35 PM EDT

    Full episode of "What'd You Miss?" Guests: James Smith, Parsec Financial's chief economist, Michael Ashton, Enduring Investments' founder and Conor Sen, New River Investment's portfolio manager. ...

  • Hedge Fund Returning 107% Sees More China, Emerging-Market Pain @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 6:00 PM EDT

    As hedge fund managers take a beating from the slowdown in China, Ray Bakhramov is flying high. Bakhramov, the chief investment officer of the $100 million Forum Asset Management, said he’s been betting on an emerging-market slump since 2012. Bakhramov finally got his wish in July and August, as did a handful of managers …

  • The stock plummeted 30.5% in the second quarter

  • Trump, Obama and Bush Agree: Close the Carried Interest Tax Loophole The Fiscal Times - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 3:23 PM EDT

    President Obama on Wednesday renewed his call to put an end to the multi-billion-dollar a year “carried interest” tax loophole that has long benefitted wealthy private equity and hedge fund managers. Coming only days after Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and former Florida governor Jeb Bush targeted the …

  • MSD Capital Hires Doug Londal to Lead Private Equity Investments @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:47 AM EDT

    MSD Capital, the firm that manages the money of Michael Dell and his family, hired Douglas Londal as a partner and head of private equity. Londal was previously president and chief operating officer at ...

  • Is Private Equity the Right Move Now? @ Investopedia - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:20 AM EDT

    With equities extremely volatile, does it make sense to move to private equity?

  • GE's $115 Billion Pension Unit May Fetch Premium From Private Equity @ TheStreet.com - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

    Bidders lining up for General Electric's $115 billion asset management unit -- which may include private equity firms -- could add a hefty premium to the sale price.

  • RAY DALIO: The stock market mayhem wasn't our fault Business Insider - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 8:33 AM EDT

    Ray Dalio doesn't think Bridgewater is responsible for the stock market chaos that broke out last...

  • Private Equity Tax Break for Carried Interest Targeted by Obama @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 7:36 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama is using the backdrop of an impending government shutdown to pressure Congress to end a tax advantage used by hedge funds and private equity funds. With two weeks left before a potential ...

  • Serco finally sells BPO division to Blackstone Reuters - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 3:38 AM EDT

    British outsourcing firm Serco (SRP.L) has agreed to sell its Business Process Outsourcing operation to private equity firm Blackstone for 250 million pounds ($384 million), finally offloading an asset it had struggled to sell. Serco, which bought the business from Blackstone in 2011 for $630 million, said on Wednesday …

  • Serco sells BPO division for 250 mln stg to Blackstone Reuters - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 2:25 AM EDT

    British outsourcing firm Serco has announced the sale of its Business Process Outsourcing operation to private equity firm Blackstone for a total 250 million pounds ($384 million). The company, which bought the business from Blackstone in 2011 for $630 million, said on Wednesday the proceeds from the deal will be …

  • Carlyle Raises $4.2 Billion for Seventh U.S. Real Estate Fund @ Bloomberg - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 12:00 AM EDT

    Carlyle Group LP raised $4.2 billion for its seventh U.S. real estate fund, meeting the top end of its target range, in preparation for more property purchases at a time when prices are at record levels. With real estate values climbing, it’s getting harder for investors to find bargains. U.S. commercial-property prices …

  • Inside These Hedge Funds, a Smaller Hedge Fund Just for the Boss @ Bloomberg - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 9:00 PM EDT

    Step inside Table Management, an obscure investment firm in New York, and something strange happens: you’re transported to the rarefied realm of Bill Ackman, the billionaire hedge fund manager. From the same Manhattan skyscraper as Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management, Table handles the personal finances of one …

  • No Escape for China Hedge Funds Overwhelmed by Stocks Collapse @ Bloomberg - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 6:00 PM EDT

    It’s about to get even uglier for China’s hedge funds. The newfangled industry, short on expertise and ways to protect itself from market declines, has seen almost 1,300 funds liquidate amid China’s $5 trillion stocks selloff, and a similar number may be at risk, according to Howbuy Investment Management Co. Now, a government …

  • TA Associates to acquire Mitratech from Vista Equity -source Reuters - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 3:53 PM EDT

    Buyout firm Vista Equity Partners has agreed to sell enterprise legal services provider Mitratech Holdings Inc to private equity firm TA Associates Management LP, in a deal valued at more than $300 million, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Vista, which acquired Mitratech in 2011, is expected to make …

  • KYLE BASS: 'I'm not a quitter' Business Insider - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 2:44 PM EDT

    Texan hedge fund manager J. Kyle Bass isn't backing down in his big war against the...

  • Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has taken another jab at Herbalife.

  • Real-estate mogul Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to hike taxes on the "hedge-fund guys" in...

  • Kyle Bass, founder of hedge fund Hayman Capital Management, told CNBC on Tuesday that his firm was challenging the worst drug patents in the system and that global gross domestic product growth would slow ...

  • Blackstone's Invitation Homes Hires New Chief Financial Officer @ Bloomberg - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 4:12 PM EDT

    Blackstone Group LP’s Invitation Homes, the largest owner of single-family rental houses in the U.S., hired Ernest Freedman from Apartment Investment & Management Co. to become its chief financial officer. ...

  • Ackman's Assault On Herbalife Risks More Hedge Fund Regulation @ Forbes - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 1:15 PM EDT

    There has been a push by many politicians of both parties in Washington to beat up on Wall Street generally and hedge funds in particular. One need to look no further than Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who claims hedge fund managers are not paying enough taxes. In a tirade

  • This Hedge Fund Dug Deep for NYC Real Estate Record @ Bloomberg - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 1:13 PM EDT

    New York City real estate climbed to new record heights as hedge fund Citadel agreed to pay $300 per square foot for space in a luxury office tower at 425 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Bloomberg's ...

  • Jim Simons, the investor who founded the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, gave a rare...

  • 10 Questions for a Pension-Fund Manager @ Bloomberg - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 8:57 AM EDT

    Top investment officers of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System have discussed moving as much as 12% of the fund’s portfolio—or more than $20 billion—into U.S. Treasurys, hedge funds and other complex investments that they hope will perform well if markets tumble, according to public documents and people close …

  • Vista Equity to buy software maker Solera for $3.74 billion Reuters - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 2:38 AM EDT

    Solera Holdings Inc, which provides technology services to insurance companies, said it agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $3.74 billion in cash. Vista expects the transaction to enhance its position as an acquirer of data companies and enterprise application software. …

  • Vista Equity to buy software maker Solera for $3.74 bln Reuters - Sun, Sep 13, 2015 11:55 PM EDT

    Solera Holdings Inc, which provides technology services to insurance companies, said it agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $3.74 billion in cash. Vista expects the transaction to enhance its position as an acquirer of data companies and enterprise application software. …

  • Leon Black's Apollo Said to Seek First Middle East Acquisition @ Bloomberg - Sun, Sep 13, 2015 8:51 AM EDT

    Apollo Global Management LLC, the alternative-asset manager run by Leon Black, is bidding for a controlling stake in Saudi Arabian supermarket chain Al-Raya For Foodstuff Co., four people with knowledge of the matter said. Al-Raya may be valued at as much as 1.7 billion riyals ($460 million) and would be New York-based …

  • 2 Small-Cap Companies Surging On Hedge Fund Bullishness Benzinga - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 1:39 PM EDT

    EJF Capital and Leon Cooperman disclosed bullish moves in small-cap companies on Friday. Shares of Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE: ALEX ) rose more than 2 percent. Shares of PennyMac Mortgage Investment ...

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