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Carried interest sparks bipartisan tax debate

January 22, 2012

When millionaire GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney last week estimated his federal tax rate at 15%, he drew howls of criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, and put a controversial tax treatment for private-equity returns back on...

Schwarzman backs Romney as Wall Street shuns Obama

November 29, 2011

Stephen Schwarzman, chairman of the world’s largest private-equity firm, will host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at his Park Avenue apartment next month, a sign that the Republican presidential candidate is closing the sale with Wall Street’s...

Stifel said to be in exclusive talks to buy Morgan Keegan

November 17, 2011

Stifel Financial Corp. is in exclusive talks to buy Regions Financial Corp.'s Morgan Keegan brokerage after prevailing over private-equity bidders, said people with knowledge of the matter. Stifel remains days or weeks away from agreeing to...

Wasserstein haunts Harry & David in buyout doomed to bankruptcy

October 12, 2011

Bruce Wasserstein, dead for two years, still casts a pall over the Rogue River Valley of southern Oregon. There, in and around the town of Medford, more than 2,000 employees of Harry & David Holdings Inc., the century-old seller of mail-order...

P-E flyers don't contain enough info, investors say

October 5, 2011

The increasing demand by investors for greater transparency across the financial services landscape is catching the private-equity space a little flat-footed, according to the latest research from SEI and Greenwich Associates. A global survey...

Private-equity firms increasingly turn to BDCs

September 25, 2011

Having little luck raising capital from institutional investors the old-fashioned way, private-equity firms are turning to the public markets, forming business development companies and other publicly traded vehicles to invest alongside shrinking...

Private-equity firms willing to deal on fees

August 21, 2011

Some of the most popular private-equity funds — those once in such demand that they could get away with charging above-market fees — are finding it hard to fill their dance cards. That pressure is causing managers such as Bain Capital LLC,...

Private funds to get public scrutiny — but family offices to get a pass

June 23, 2011

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will require private-fund advisers to register with the agency, opening hedge funds and private-equity funds to unprecedented scrutiny. SEC commissioners voted 3-2 today to approve a Dodd-Frank Act...

SEC sorts out definition of venture capital

November 19, 2010

Although advisers to venture capital funds are exempt from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the new financial reform law, determining the definition of venture capital could generate controversy. In an attempt to...

P/E investments in financial services surging

September 28, 2010

Private-equity activity in financial services is up 17% from a year ago, and the momentum continues to build, according to a report released today. The outlook for the second half of the year is for P/E activity in the financial services sector...

SEC quizzes money managers about alternative investments

September 13, 2010

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, stepping up its oversight of investment advisers, is examining whether asset managers that channel money to hedge funds are acting in investors' best interest. The agency asked money managers for...

Private-equity-fund advisers balk at new oversight rules

July 25, 2010

Financial advisers to some private-equity funds fear that efforts to reduce systemic risk in the financial markets, a key theme of the massive reform bill signed into law last week, are unfairly targeting them. In a congressional hearing last...

Goldman Sachs takes PE crown

May 2, 2010

While executives of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. were getting grilled on Capitol Hill about deals involving mortgage-related securities, another division of the company quietly made headlines of a different sort. Thanks to the firm's Principal...

PE coffers still mighty low

April 1, 2010

Private equity funds raised $50.4 billion during the first quarter, which was 5% more than was raised during the previous quarter, but still well below recent peak levels. According to a report released on Thursday by Preqin Ltd., the global...

Ill-fated Conn. power plant owned by PE fund

February 8, 2010

The private equity firm that owns the majority stake of the natural gas plant in Connecticut that blew up on Sunday says it is fully cooperating with authorities investigating the fatal explosion. According to reports, Energy Investors Funds...

Wall Street slams Obama's bank proposals

January 24, 2010

Financial services industry groups and Republican lawmakers last week criticized President Barack Obama's plan to rein in bank holding companies. Specifically, the critics object to a provision that would prohibit companies that own banks from...

States gain in turf war over private placements

December 6, 2009

State securities regulators are gaining ground in their battle to regain authority to oversee private-placement offerings. Thomas Krebs, assistant director and deputy general counsel to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, last week came...

Former Wal-Mart CEO joins P/E firm Solamere

November 10, 2009

Lee Scott, former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO and president, has joined the private equity firm Solamere Capital as an operating partner and a member of its investment committee. Scott will help evaluate investment opportunities and take a key...

Private-equity firms bring duds to market

November 8, 2009

After a long hibernation, the lords of leveraged buyouts are up and about. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. finally went public last month after a two-year delay, while The Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management LP unveiled plans to return...

BNY Mellon buys a piece of private-equity firm Siguler Guff

November 2, 2009

BNY Mellon Asset Management acquired a 20% minority interest in Siguler Guff, a New York-based multistrategy private equity firm with roughly $8 billion in assets under management and committed capital. Terms weren't disclosed. The deal gives...

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