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Private-Equity Firm Near Deal to Buy MultiPlan

Private-Equity Firm Near Deal to Buy MultiPlan
wsj.com — Private-equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC is nearing a deal to buy health-care services provider MultiPlan Inc. for about $7.5 billion including debt, in what would be one of the largest recent leveraged buyouts. Hellman & Friedman is in advanced talks with MultiPlan's owner, Starr Investment Holdings LLC, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apollo Global Management ups bid for University of Phoenix owner

Apollo Global Management ups bid for University of Phoenix owner
marketwatch.com — A group including private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC boosted its bid for Apollo Education Group Inc. in an effort to salvage the takeover of the University of Phoenix owner amid shareholder resistance. Apollo Global agreed to pay $10 a share, up 50 cents from the price when the companies announced the deal in February, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apollo Global Management Bumps Price for Apollo Education Takeover

Apollo Global Management Bumps Price for Apollo Education Takeover
wsj.com — A group including private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC boosted its bid for Apollo Education Group Inc. in an effort to salvage the takeover of the University of Phoenix owner amid shareholder resistance. Apollo Global agreed to pay $10 a share, up 50 cents from the price when the companies announced the deal in February, according to people familiar with the matter.

UBS’s U.S. Banker-Hiring Push Continues Amid Volatility

UBS’s U.S. Banker-Hiring Push Continues Amid Volatility
blogs.wsj.com — It's a challenging time for many European banks, and others on Wall Street, but that hasn't stopped UBS from pressing forward with a years-long effort to beef up its investment-banking operation on this side of the Atlantic.

Avon’s Deal With Activist Investors Avoids Proxy Fight

Avon’s Deal With Activist Investors Avoids Proxy Fight
wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The Barington-NuOrion group won't mount a fight for board seats at the May 26 annual meeting Avon Products Inc. has settled a skirmish with activist investors that will enable the embattled beauty-products company to sidestep a proxy fight.

Avon makes deal with activist investors to avoid proxy fight

Avon makes deal with activist investors to avoid proxy fight
marketwatch.com — Avon Products Inc. has settled a skirmish with activist investors that will enable the embattled beauty-products company to sidestep a proxy fight. Avon announced Monday morning that it has reached an agreement with Barington Capital Group LP and NuOrion Partners AG that will allow them to approve a new independent director for the company's board.

Avon close to deal on board seats, avoiding proxy battle

Avon close to deal on board seats, avoiding proxy battle
marketwatch.com — Avon Products Inc. is nearing the settlement of a skirmish with activist investors that would enable the embattled beauty-products retailer to sidestep a proxy fight. Avon plans to announce as early as Monday that it has reached an agreement with Barington Capital Group LP and NuOrion Partners AG that will allow them to approve a new independent director for the company's board, according to people familiar with the matter.

Avon Nears Deal With Activist Investors to Avoid Proxy Fight

Avon Nears Deal With Activist Investors to Avoid Proxy Fight
wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Avon Products Inc. is nearing the settlement of a skirmish with activist investors that would enable the embattled beauty-products retailer to sidestep a proxy fight.

Half-billion-dollar price tag floated as Playboy explores sale

Half-billion-dollar price tag floated as Playboy explores sale
marketwatch.com — Playboy Enterprises Inc. is exploring a sale, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that comes soon after the storied magazine publisher ditched nude photos and launched a revamp for the digital age. Investment bank Moelis & Co. is advising Playboy, which Hugh Hefner, the company's founder, took private in 2011 alongside private-equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management.

Playboy Enterprises Explores Sale

Playboy Enterprises Explores Sale
wsj.com — Playboy Enterprises Inc. is exploring a sale, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that comes soon after the storied magazine publisher ditched nude photos and launched a revamp for the digital age. Investment bank Moelis & Co. is advising Playboy, which Hugh Hefner, the company's founder, took private in 2011 alongside private-equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management.
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May 03, 2016

Big private-equity news hitting wire: Hellman & Friedman nears deal to buy MultiPlan from Starr Investment for $7.5B. Scoop w/ @liz@lizrhoffman

May 01, 2016

Apollo bumps bid for (similarly named but unaffiliated) Apollo Education by 50c to $10 a share after investors balked at deal. Scoop on wire

Apr 30, 2016

The dean of rogue-trader reporters, @davidenrich, puts on another master class... wsj.com/articles/a-dis…

Apr 30, 2016

Munger not backing down, calls Valeant "a sewer..Those who cre­ated it de­serve all the op­pro­brium that they got." wsj.com/articles/buffe…

Apr 29, 2016

Typically brilliant piece of reporting and storytelling by the great @jennystrasburg wsj.com/articles/insid…

Apr 28, 2016

RT @asharma: Comcast's DreamWorks deal reflects shifting bets on media on.wsj.com/1Uk4Zc6

Apr 28, 2016

Not to be lost in this merger *Thursday,* Abbvie to buy Stemcentrx for $6B, confirming @DanaMattioli's March scoop: goo.gl/3jxwbS.

Apr 27, 2016

RT @lizrhoffman: When Joe Papa shows up for work Monday as Valeant's CEO & chairman, few old faces will remain in boardroom httpon.wsj.com/1rjee0Otitle="Wall Street Journal" href="http://twitter.com/WSJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@WSJ

Apr 27, 2016

Yahoo Nears Settlement With Starboard that Involves Some Sort of Rejig of Yahoo's board. Should simplify sales process. Scoop with @dmac1


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