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  • Franc fallout sparks prime broking shake-out Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 11:19 AM ET

    The market's biggest player, Citigroup, has rationalised its client base, jettisoning a number of smaller customers, and rival top level banks have proved reticent in providing them with an alternative home, several market sources said. Other major players include Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Unless someone like JP...

  • The young & the restless: Activism's rising stars Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 6:56 AM ET
    Scott Ferguson, Sachem Head Capital Management

    Can you guess the top six rising stars of activist hedge fund investing? Meet them here.

  • The young & the restless: 6 who are hot Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 6:50 AM ET
    Jeffrey Smith, Starboard Value

    Corporate boards, meet the next Bill Ackmans and Carl Icahns of the world.

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled to a two-week low on Friday, led by futures selling as hedge funds took profits from recent gains. The Nikkei benchmark fell 1.7 percent to 19,141.62 points after falling to as low as 19,099.87 in mid-afternoon trade, the lowest level since March 13. Exporters also suffered, with Toyota Motor Corp falling 2.0...

  • March 26- Private equity firm Platinum Equity LLC is in advanced talks to buy PrimeSource Building Products Inc, the largest distributor of screws and nails in the United States, from Itochu Corp, according to people familiar with the matter. Reuters reported in November that Itochu, a Japanese trading house, had hired investment bank JPMorgan Chase& Co in an...

  • A look at Leon Cooperman, subject of SEC inquiry Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:02 PM ET
    Leon Cooperman

    Meet the billionaire hedge fund manager who is the subject of a new government investigation of his firm's trading activity.

  • NEW YORK, March 25- When Kraft Foods Group merges with H.J. Heinz Co, they will share a name, a central place in the American kitchen and two headquarters near Chicago and Pittsburgh. Heinz's backer, Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital Partners, has made a name for itself by aggressively trimming the fat from food and beer companies struggling for growth.

  • Whitman, the founder of Whitman Capital LLC in Menlo Park, California, is serving a two-year prison term for his August 2012 conviction on securities fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he profited in trading in shares of Google Inc and video-conferencing company Polycom Inc based on illegal tips from people like former Intel Corp employee Roomy...

  • Heinz Co, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. The deal deepens Buffett's hold on leading U.S. food brands, as well as that of 3 G founder Jorge Paulo Lemann, Brazil's richest man.

  • RadioShack lender asks judge to intervene in auction Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 PM ET

    March 25- A RadioShack Corp lender asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to intervene in the auction of the electronics retailer and said it had submitted a bid to liquidate the chain that was "materially superior" to one favored by RadioShack. The lender said, however, that RadioShack favored a proposal from hedge fund Standard General, even though its bid included...

  • Shadow banking morphs and grows, confounding authority Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    LONDON, March 25- Authorities are nowhere near to fully understanding "shadow banking" as the $75 trillion sector morphs and grows under the influence of new technology and regulation, a top markets supervisor said on Wednesday. Shadow banking refers to the supply of credit outside traditional banks, such as from private equity investors, money market funds,...

  • Here are the billionaire hedge fund babies of 2014 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET
    David Siegel, co-founder of Two Sigma.

    Investors put more money into new hedge funds in 2014 than any year since 2004.

  • March 25- Kraft Foods Group Inc, the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats, will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form North America's third-largest food and beverage company. Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway acquired Heinz for $23.2 billion in...

  • March 24- Kraft Foods Group Inc, maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats, is in talks to be acquired by Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. 3 G teamed up with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc to acquire Ketchup maker H.J. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the possible deal and said...

  • March 24- Private equity firm 3 G Capital is in talks to acquire Kraft Foods Group Inc, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. Based on Tuesday's close at $61.32, Kraft had a market capitalization of $36.06 billion. The company had 588.13 million shares outstanding as of March 2, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • March 24- Private equity firm 3 G Capital is in talks to acquire Kraft Foods Group Inc, Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Standard General raises bid for bankrupt RadioShack Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 6:20 PM ET
    A customer leaves a RadioShack store in San Francisco and a Sprint store is shown in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Hedge fund Standard General is said to have raised its bid to buy about 1,740 stores of bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack at auction.

  • Fed official Stein heads to hedge fund Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    Jeremy Stein, a former governor of the Federal Reserve.

    Another former senior government official has signed up to be a paid advisor to a multibillion-dollar hedge fund firm.

  • March 24- Private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners will invest up to $1 billion in a new entity for acquisition and development of oil and gas assets that will be managed by Linn Energy LLC. The new entity's debt-raising capacity, combined with any stake purchases by Linn, could give it the potential to fund more than $2.5 billion of acquisitions and asset...

  • March 24- Private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners said it would invest up to $1 billion in a new entity to buy and develop oil and gas assets that would be managed by Linn Energy LLC.