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Dry powder may explode in buyout barons’ faces

December 18, 2014

Everything is going up in private equity except deal volume. Acquisition multiples are at a record high, as is competition from corporate buyers. For big firms such as Apollo and Blackstone, $1.5 trln of purchasing power may be tough to deploy without cratering returns.

It’s finally IPO showtime for Leon Black’s Apollo

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2011

Apollo's IPO plans have aged well. Last week Leon Black's buyout shop filed the sixth iteration of its prospectus, the first of which was submitted to securities regulators three years ago.

Apollo’s energy IPO gives new life to quick flips

September 30, 2013

Leon Black’s shop is taking EP Energy public less than 18 months after leading a $7.2 bln takeover. The turnaround contrasts starkly with the trend of longer buyout holding times. The twofold return on paper shows that private equity can still dig into its old bag of tricks.

Private equity titans revel in Great Separation

November 8, 2013

A blowout quarter at Leon Black’s buyout shop helped it stand out from rivals. Investors are finally starting to distinguish among Apollo, Blackstone, Carlyle and KKR. That should be a welcome change even if it reflects some short-term thinking about a long-term business.