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Breaking Up Getting Hard To Do

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It’s not uncommon for private equity firms to offer takeover candidates a break-up fee to walk away. But these fees are rising with the continued financial instability. And higher fees could put the breaks on dealmaking.

Private equity firm Cerberus is now offering equipment rental company United Rentals (URI) $100 million to walk away from their proposed deal. With the deal in shambles, URI stock has taken a beating, and it’s not the only one.

Sallie Mae (SLM) and Home Depot (HD) both found themselves in similar situations, Karen Finerman said. Since the credit crunch has injected so much volatility and uncertainty into the market, LBO buyers now have to agree to much more expensive fees, which act essentially as exit clauses to get out of the takeover if they deem it necessary.

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