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  • SYDNEY, Aug 11- Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd said on Monday it had received a new takeover approach to rival the $3.15 billion bid from private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts& Co LP and Rhone Capital LLC, sparking the prospect of a bidding war for the world's No.2 winemaker.

  • FRANKFURT/ MILAN/ LONDON, Aug 8- Several Italian utilities and private equity groups are expected to hand in tentative offers worth about 2 billion euros for E.ON' s Italian unit early next week, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 8- Canadian private equity firm Altas Partners LP and pan Asia firm Baring Private Equity Asia have acquired a substantial stake in St George's University in Grenada, the university said on Friday.

  • *Gemalto to buy SafeNet from PE firm Vector Capital. PARIS, Aug 8- Gemalto NV, the digital security company that makes smart chips for mobile phones, bank cards and biometric passports, is to buy U.S.-based data protection specialist SafeNet for $890 million, it said on Friday, in a move set to boost its earnings and reach.

  • *Gemalto to buy SafeNet from PE firm Vector Capital. PARIS, Aug 8- Gemalto NV, a digital security company that makes SIM cards for mobile phones and biometric passports, will buy U.S.-based data protection specialist SafeNet Inc for $890 million in a move set to boost its earnings and reach.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Chip Wilson will sell half of his 27 percent stake in the yoga apparel maker to private equity firm Advent International for $845 million, as part of a deal in which Wilson agreed not to wage a proxy contest.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Former hedge fund manager Samuel Israel, who faked his own suicide to avoid prison after running a $450 million fraud, on Thursday failed to persuade a judge to shorten his 22- year sentence or set him free because prison officials are unable to treat his worsening health.

  • *Blackstone, KKR, TPG to apportion settlement. The payment by Blackstone Group LP, KKR& Co LP and TPG Capital LP will benefit shareholders of some merger targets during a buyout boom that predated the 2008 financial crisis, and was disclosed in a Thursday court filing.

  • Blackstone, KKR, TPG to pay $325 mln over LBO collusion Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    Aug 7- Three private equity firms have agreed to pay $325 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of colluding with rivals to keep prices down on corporate takeovers prior to the financial crisis by agreeing not to outbid each other.

  • Tibco Software in talks with potential buyers - WSJ Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    Aug 6- Business software maker Tibco Software Inc has been approaching potential suitors, including private equity firms, Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Tibco shares closed up 7.5 percent at $20.75 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. The company had a market value of $3.2 billion as of Tuesday close.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investments will command up to 40 percent of the asset management industry's global revenues by 2020 as investors seek them for safety and consistent returns, consulting firm McKinsey& Co said on Wednesday.

  • Aug 6- Apollo Global Management LLC said on Wednesday its second-quarter earnings fell 6 percent, missing most analysts' expectations, as it sold fewer of its private equity holdings while taxes and expenses rose. Blackstone Group LP, KKR& Co LP and Carlyle Group LP all posted bumper profits for the quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investments will command up to 40 percent of the asset management industry's global revenues by 2020 as investors seek them for safety and consistent returns, consulting firm McKinsey& Co said on Wednesday.

  • Aug 6- Apollo Global Management LLC said on Wednesday its second-quarter earnings declined 6 percent, missing most analysts' expectations, as it sold fewer of its private equity holdings while taxes and expenses rose.

  • Mexico said to begin 2015 oil hedge -traders Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    HOUSTON/ NEW YORK, Aug 5- Mexico has begun structuring its oil hedging program for next year, market sources said on Tuesday, citing one of the world's biggest sovereign hedging programs as weighing on crude prices. Some traders said a pick-up in options volatility was likely tied to anticipated hedging activity from Mexico.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 5- Vivint Inc, the home security and solar-energy provider owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, has confidentially filed for an initial public offering of its solar business, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • BOSTON, Aug 5- Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, one of a handful of publicly listed hedge fund firms, reported higher quarterly earnings on Tuesday as assets rose to a record amid fresh demand for portfolios investing in real estate, stocks and credit.

  • BOSTON, Aug 5- Hedge fund company Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC reported higher quarterly earnings on Tuesday as assets rose to record levels amid fresh demand for portfolios that invest in real estate, stocks and credit.

  • BOSTON, Aug 4- Activist hedge fund Marcato Capital Management said on Monday that it has hired Houlihan Lokey as a financial advisor as it seeks to persuade InterContinental Hotels Group to consider selling itself.

  • BOSTON, Aug 4- Billionaire investor William Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings has risen 27.2 percent this year, according to an investor in the fund, after extending its gains modestly last month when many hedge fund managers suffered losses.