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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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Carl Icahn: Gee… Occidental Petroleum is a lot like WeWork
November 11, 2019

Occidental Petroleum took a shot from activist investor Carl Icahn in more ways from one. Icahn slashed his stake in the company and threatened to launch a proxy fight.

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Pulls the Plug on U.S. Prison Firms
November 11, 2019

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is selling stakes in two American prison companies. ESG expectations and concerns about reputational risk fueled the divestitures.

Alaska Permanent Fund Beats Benchmark Yet Again
November 8, 2019

The Alaska Permanent Fund filed its report for the first fiscal quarter of 2020. The largest U.S. state sovereign wealth fund reported earning returns of 1.24%. That exceeded its benchmark…

Blackstone Group is Getting into the Dating Game
November 8, 2019

MagicLab, a developer of dating and social networking apps, has a new beau. Private equity giant Blackstone Group is buying a $3 billion stake in the company. MagicLab’s properties include Bumble…

What’s Inside The California State Teachers’ Retirement System Portfolio?
November 8, 2019

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) announced its latest asset allocation shifts this week. The $242 billion dollar scheme is shifting assets away from traditional equities.

Elliott Management Supports Split of Nielsen Holdings
November 8, 2019

Nielsen Holdings has announced plans to split itself into two separate public companies. The plan – backed by Elliott Management – will unlock shareholder value.

OpenGate Capital’s Second Institutional Fund Closes With a Flourish
November 8, 2019

Private equity firm OpenGate Capital’s Second Institutional Fund raised $585 million versus a target of $450 million. The enthusiastic support for OpenGate’s second institutional fund came from 23 investors located…

Default Contagion Out of Emerging Markets Could Take Down This ETF
November 8, 2019

The iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB) has had a dream run so far, but it may be time to cash in. An article by Harrison Schwartz…

J. Safra Sarasin’s Flagship Fund Rebranded in Line with ESG Strategy
November 8, 2019

Private banker and wealth manager J Safra Sarin have renamed their flagship fund ‘JSS OekoSar Equity – Global’ to ‘JSS Sustainable Equity – Global Thematic.’ The name change reflects the…

BofAML: Assets at European ESG Equity Funds Could Rise by €1 Trillion
November 8, 2019

Regulatory compulsions and structural trends will boost assets under management at ESG equity funds in Europe, say BofAML analysts. In their study titled “ESG Matters – Europe: Great for the…