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E-Mails Cited to Back Lawsuit’s Claim
That Equity Firms Colluded on Big Deals

New York Times, by Peter Lattman & Eric Lichtblau

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Posted By:jeffreyabigail, 10/10/2012 10:04:27 PM

The private equity giants Blackstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts are longtime rivals that compete for multibillion-dollar deals. But during last decade’s buyout boom, according to newly released e-mails in a civil lawsuit accusing them of collusion, the two firms appeared to be on much cozier terms. In September 2006, for instance, Blackstone and K.K.R. were both circling the technology giant Freescale Semiconductor. After a Blackstone group outbid a K.K.R. consortium to buy Freescale for nearly $18 billion, Hamilton E. James, the president of Blackstone, e-mailed his colleagues

Comments:
Another front-pager from the The Pravda Times web site. My favorite paragraphs:

“This industrywide case involves matters that occurred well after Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in 1999,” said Michele Davis, a spokeswoman for the campaign. “He had no role in investment decisions or operations after that date.”

But the shareholders’ lawyers in the case said that the allegations of collusion reflected on Mr. Romney because he reaped millions of dollars from profits that may have been illegally inflated by underpriced acquisitions.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: veritas, 10/11/2012 12:43:46 AM     (No. 8924655)

1. As far as I know, Blackstone's not trying to develop atomic weapons and long-range missiles, nor has KKR promised to eradicate Israel.

2. I'm sure the NYT has run far, far, far more stories on Holder and company and emails related to Fast and Furious and other give-guns-to-drug-cartels by the Obama administration.

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