Monday, 20 October 2014
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Mar 18 2010 | 8:56am ET
The Blackstone Group, which has already been linked to two efforts to buy failed banks, is trying again.
The private equity giant is in preliminary talks to raise $1 billion for a blind pool to acquire failed banks, Bloomberg News reports. The planned fund follows Blackstone’s purchase in May—alongside W.L. Ross & Co. and the Carlyle Group—of BankUnited Financial Corp. and January’s news that billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson had approached the firm about backing his bid for the failed British lender Northern Rock.
Blackstone has also applied for a British bank charter in connection with its plans to launch a new bank with hedge fund Cambridge Place Investment Management.
The New York-based firm is working with the former president of Bluebonnet Savings Bank, R. Brad Oates, on the new blind pool.
Alternative investment firms have been active in buying failed banks in recent months, with Dune Capital Management, Elliott Management, Greenlight Capital, J.C. Flowers & Co., Paulson & Co. and Soros Fund Management all taking part in deals for seized banks.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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