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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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Bill Ackman: Berkshire Stock to “Increase Substantially”
August 15, 2019

Has Pershing Square been summoned to bail out the Oracle of Omaha? Bill Ackman said in a letter to shareholders that Berkshire Hathaway stock will bolster returns for the fund….

Harry Markopolos: GE Operating $38B Accounting Scam
August 15, 2019

Markopolos working with an unnamed hedge fund that is shorting GE Harry Markopolos is an accounting expert reputed for exposing Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. On Thursday, Markopolos released a 170-page…

Cambridge Taps Tilly Franklin as New Endowment CIO
August 15, 2019

Franklin replaces Nick Cavalla, who left in 2018 for Talisman Global Asset Management. Tilly Franklin is the new CIO of the University of Cambridge’s £3.2 billion endowment fund. The role…

Softbank-Backed Brazilian Fintech Looks to Boost Resources and Innovation
August 15, 2019

São Paulo-based secured lending platform Creditas announced a $231 million funding round on July 10 that values the fintech at $750 million. The funding round is led by SoftBank Group….

M&A Deal News – August 15, 2019
August 15, 2019

A merger in media, antitrust busts, a REIT sells two hotels… and more M&A deal news M&A deal news from around the globe. Each day, we focus on deals in…

Lapis Advisers Pressures University on Technical Default
August 15, 2019

Bethune-Cookman University, in technical default on bonds worth $17 million, is under fire from hedge fund Lapis Advisers, the largest holder of those bonds Lapis Advisers and bond trustee U.S….

Pershing Square Bets on Warren Buffett
August 15, 2019

Bill Ackman’s secret investment we discussed last week was just a big bet on Berkshire Hathaway Pershing Square Capital Management has made a passive investment on Warren Buffett. A new…

P2P lending platform Mintos Clocks Over €3 Billion in Loans Given
August 15, 2019

Mintos is stepping up the pace on its lending activities with over €1 billion in loans advanced since April of this year The platform provides a large cross-section of loans…

SEC Delays Decisions on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Trust and VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust
August 14, 2019

Three Bitcoin ETFs face delays from the SEC office. Some things never change. The Bitcoin ETF Trust is going to have to wait a few more months for approval. The…

Softbank Vision Fund Makes its Maiden Investment in an Energy Firm
August 14, 2019

Softbank’s Vision Fund, known for its massive bets on tech companies such as Uber, WeWork and Slack, has invested $110 million in Swiss energy startup Energy Vault. Energy Vault pioneered…