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Goldman’s Private Equity Clients All Fear a Recession

Goldman Sachs clients are hunkering down for a recession, but are still looking for multi-billion dollar investment opportunities. Speaking on a Bloomberg interview, Alison Mass, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s chairman of investment banking, said: “Our clients are looking to put large amounts of capital to work.” She added that 30 billion dollar deals were doable – even as high as $80 billion if a strategic partner came in alongside the PE firm. But what about the risk of a recession?

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Lazard to Launch Venture and Growth Banking Unit in London
November 15, 2019

The firm hires two key executives to lead European initiatives Lazard has hired two Numis executives to launch a new group in Europe. The team will focus on European private…

U.S. National Debt Not Good for Our Kids and Grandkids (Powell); Would Bitcoin Be?
November 15, 2019

In what should be a wake-up call to the powers-that-be, Federal Reserve Chair Powell warns of unsustainable US national debt. Speaking during testimony before the Congress’ Joint Economic Committee on…

How Serious Should We Take ESG Investing in 2020?
November 15, 2019

Sustainable funds are hardly sustainable based on their carbon footprint. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that eight of the largest 10 sustainable funds in the U.S. have oil and…

Guild Education Hits $1 Billion Valuation
November 15, 2019

Guild Education is the latest company to join the exclusive unicorn club this year. The firm announced it has closed its Series D round, pulling in $157 million in the…

Mitsui Fudosan Scores Facebook as Tenant at Hudson Yards
November 15, 2019

Facebook is moving to Hudson Yard, the single largest private real estate project in the United States. The social media giant will lease 30 floors and three buildings in the…

Here’s What Warren Buffett Bought and Sold in the Third Quarter
November 15, 2019

The Warren Buffett 13-F for the third quarter hit the news cycle on Thursday. His firm Berkshire Hathaway purchased 1.2 million shares of Restoration Hardware (RH(. The news pushed RH…

Northgate Capital Announces New $120 Million VC Fund
November 15, 2019

Northgate Capital announced it has closed Northgate Venture Partners VIII (NVP VIII) fund at $120 million. NVP VIII invests primarily in marquee venture capital firms and a select number of emerging…

Study: Activist Investing Spurs Innovation in Targeted Companies
November 14, 2019

A research study by Columbia Business School’s Professor Wei Jiang shows that activist investors help the cause of innovation in their companies. Prof Jiang is the Arthur F. Burns Professor…

Hawaiian Electric to Activist Fund: We’re Not Looking Outside for New Leader
November 14, 2019

Hawaiian Electric slammed activist hedge fund ValueAct this week. The company responded to the activist fund’s call to locate a successor for its President and CEO Constance Lau.  ValueAct has…

Quarz Capital Pushes for Sabina-ESR REIT Merger
November 14, 2019

Quarz Capital Management is pushing for a merger of two large Singapore-based real estate investment trusts (REITs). The activist fund is pushing for a merger of Sabana Shari’ah Compliant Industrial…