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  • STOCKHOLM, April 3- U.S.-based PR software and services firm Meltwater announced an 895 million Swedish crown cash bid for Swedish peer Cision on Thursday, topping an offer by private equity-controlled Blue Canyon Holdings. Meltwater bid 60 crowns per share for Cision, 9 percent higher than the rival offer from Blue Canyon.

  • KKR seeks $2 billion for infrastructure fund: Report Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 3:47 PM ET
    Henry Kravis, co-founder of KKR

    Prominent private equity firm KKR is seeking $2 billion for a fund to make global infrastructure investments, according to Bloomberg.

  • March technology losses burn hedge funds Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 10:25 AM ET
    Andreas Halvorsen, chief executive officer of Viking Global Investors LP.

    Betting on technology companies proved to be a dangerous game in March as sharp stock declines burned some prominent hedge fund investors.

  • UPDATE 1-Lone Star Funds to take DFC Global private Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    April 2- DFC Global Corp, a pawn shop chain and payday lender, said it would sell itself to private equity firm Lone Star Funds for about $376 million. DFC Global stockholders will receive $9.50 per share in cash, representing a premium of about 6 percent to the stock's Tuesday closing.

  • DFC Global to sell itself to Lone Star Funds Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    April 2- DFC Global Corp, a pawn and payday lender, said it would sell itself to private equity firm Lone Star Funds for about $1.3 billion, including debt.

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1- Private equity firms, which have been showing an increased interest in investing in the mining industry, will have a hard time even if they are betting on recovery in the longer term, the bosses of Anglo American and Glencore Xstrata said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, April 1- Fuzzy guidelines on ethical investing and donors' timid response to Uganda's new anti-gay law have reassured fund managers and private equity firms about continuing to invest in the newly oil-rich country, despite worldwide criticism. The White House said it was reviewing its relationship with Uganda's government.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Credit investment and private equity firm Ares Management LP filed to go public on Monday in what would be the first initial public offering by a major alternative asset manager since Carlyle Group LP's flotation two years ago.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Credit investment and private equity firm Ares Management LP filed to go public on Monday in what would be the first initial public offering by a major alternative asset manager since Carlyle Group LP's flotation two years ago.

  • The hearing marked the start of one of a handful of trials in cases brought by the SEC over events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC accuses Chau and Harding Advisory of allowing hedge fund Magnetar Capital LLC undisclosed influence over the selection of collateral for a $1.5 billion transaction called Octans I CDO Ltd..

  • UPDATE 1-Ares Management files for IPO Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 31- Credit investment and private equity firm Ares Management LP filed to go public on Monday in what would be the first initial public offering by a major alternative asset manager since Carlyle Group LP's offering two years ago. Ares said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it planned to list on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • March 31- Shares in Biofuel Energy Corp more than doubled after hedge fund manager David Einhorn and his affiliates unveiled a plan to take a controlling stake in the ethanol producer. Einhorn already holds more than 35 percent of Biofuel Energy, mostly through his investment fund, Greenlight Capital Inc, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

  • Ackman boosts his bets on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 10:13 AM ET
    Bill Ackman

    Activist investor Bill Ackman is boosting his stake in both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to more than 11 percent in each.

  • March 28- Payment processor Mercury Payment Systems Inc, backed by private equity firm Silver Lake Group LLC, filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise about $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock.

  • Hedge fund vultures feast on Lehman corpse Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 3:08 PM ET
    September 15, 2008, the day the 150-year-old Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy.

    Lehman Brothers may be long dead, but its assets continue to be a lucrative investment for hedge funds.

  • NEW YORK, March 28- WisdomTree Investments Inc has paid a price for being so dependent on its flagship Japan fund- as that market reversed fortune this year, shares of the asset manager fell nearly 30 percent and Citi analysts downgraded its stock.

  • Private equity funds grab smaller slice of M&A deals Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    LONDON, March 28- Buyout firms are finding it harder to take part in mergers and acquisitions as the lure of stronger equity markets persuades more funds seeking to exit assets to try their luck with a public share sale or turn to cash-rich corporate buyers.

  • Avolon, which is backed by private equity firms Cinven Ltd, CVC Capital Partners Ltd and Oak Hill Capital Partners, as well as Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, has been interviewing investment banks in the last few weeks to hire underwriters for an IPO, the sources said on Thursday.

  • Ares Management prepares to file for IPO -sources Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    March 27- Ares Management LLC, the credit investment and private equity firm that has been pitched on the idea of an initial public offering for more than a year, is finally close to registering to go public, according to two people familiar with the matter. JPMorgan Chase& Co and Bank of America Corp will be among the underwriters, they added.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BOSTON, March 27- As increasing numbers of technology companies defer their initial public offerings, one influential hedge-fund investor has stepped up to the plate in Silicon Valley.