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Oct 18, 2011

Exclusive: Carlyle, Bain, Advent eye TransUnion

By Soyoung Kim and Paritosh Bansal

(Reuters) – Private equity firms Carlyle Group CYL.UL, Bain Capital and Advent International are competing to buy credit reporting firm TransUnion, which could fetch more than $2 billion, sources familiar with the matter said.

The auction is advanced, but a sale of the business is not certain as TransUnion’s majority owner Madison Dearborn Partners weighs whether it can get more value in an auction or through an initial public offering later, the sources said.

Oct 18, 2011

Carlyle, Bain, Advent eye TransUnion – sources

Oct 18 (Reuters) – Private equity firms Carlyle Group
[CYL.UL], Bain Capital and Advent International are competing
to buy credit reporting firm TransUnion, which could fetch more
than $2 billion, sources familiar with the matter said.

The auction is advanced, but a sale of the business is not
certain as TransUnion’s majority owner Madison Dearborn
Partners weighs whether it can get more value in an auction or
through an initial public offering later, the sources said.

Oct 12, 2011

BlackBerry outage frustrates bankers

Oct 12 (Reuters) – A senior investment banker at a major
Wall Street firm kept sending out e-mails on his BlackBerry on
Wednesday morning. And they kept bouncing back.

“It’s one of those things — you don’t realize how
important it is to breathe, until you can’t do it,” said the
New York-based banker, who declined to be named because he was
not authorized to speak about the subject on behalf of his
bank.

Oct 12, 2011

BlackBerry outage frustrates investment bankers

Oct 12 (Reuters) – A senior investment banker at a major
Wall Street firm kept sending out emails on his BlackBerry on
Wednesday morning. And they kept bouncing back.

“It’s one of those things — you don’t realize how
important it is to breathe, until you can’t do it,” said the
New York-based banker, who declined to be named because he was
not authorized to speak about the subject on behalf of his
bank.

Oct 10, 2011

Carlyle/Blackstone, THL are Morgan Keegan finalists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thomas H. Lee Partners and a consortium that includes Blackstone Group (BX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Carlyle Group CYL.UL are finalists to acquire Regions Financial Corp’s (RF.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Morgan Keegan brokerage and investment banking unit, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

A deal is far from certain, the sources said, as debt-financing markets remain tight, and Morgan Keegan faces the challenge of keeping some 4,100 employees in place amid uncertainty about their future.

Oct 4, 2011

Bankers strike dour note on U.S. bank M&A

NEW YORK, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Investment bankers,
traditionally an optimistic lot, struck a dour note on bank
deals in the near future, describing their outlook with words
rarely heard spoken publicly in these circles — “bleak,”
“skeptical,” “really quiet.”

Volatile markets, sinking bank stocks, and an uncertain
regulatory and economic environment have brought bank deals to
a grinding halt at a time when the need for mergers is great,
financial services bankers and lawyers said on Tuesday.

Sep 30, 2011

Payment processor Visa Argentina for sale -sources

Sept 30 (Reuters) – Visa Argentina, a payment processor
owned by a group of banks including Banco Santander Rio SA
(RIO.BA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), is for sale and could fetch more than $500 million,
sources familiar with the situation said.

Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is advising on the auction, which is
still in the early stages, the sources said.

Sep 28, 2011

Carlyle, Blackstone chiefs downbeat on US economy

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The heads of two of the
world’s most powerful private equity firms issued a dire report
on the U.S. economy on Wednesday, signaling problems for
political leaders and their own firms’ ability to realize
profit on their portfolios.

“We never really emerged from the last recession,” Carlyle
Group [CYL.UL] co-founder David Rubenstein said at a breakfast
session at Lincoln Center that also featured Blackstone Group
(BX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Stephen Schwarzman.

Sep 26, 2011

Transatlantic in talks with new bidder

By Paritosh Bansal and Ben Berkowitz

(Reuters) – Transatlantic Holdings Inc (TRH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it entered into deal talks with an undisclosed bidder, adding a fresh twist in a months-long takeover saga and sending the reinsurer’s shares up sharply.

For nearly four months, Transatlantic has been the subject of a bidding war, as the former arm of American International Group Inc (AIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) balanced an agreed deal and at least two unsolicited offers.

Sep 23, 2011

Credit reporting firm TransUnion for sale -sources

Sept 23 (Reuters) – TransUnion’s owners are pursuing a
possible sale that could fetch roughly $2 billion for the
credit information firm, sources familiar with the matter
said.

TransUnion, which is owned by private equity firm Madison
Dearborn Partners and Chicago’s Pritzker family, said in July
it planned to raise up to $325 million in an initial public
offering.