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KKR Prepares for Test of Credit Markets

Fate of pending deals may foretell future of private equity

(Newser) - Kolhberg Kravis Roberts is pushing forward with some of the biggest deals in US history, but the iconic buyout firm finds itself under unprecedented scrutiny. Analysts say the huge deals KKR has pending will be a test of the struggling credit markets, the Washington Post reports: If they don't go... More »

Blackstone Makes $7.8B Deal for Alliance

Private equity continues to pour into financial processing

(Newser) - Blackstone has snapped up credit card services provider Alliance Data for $7.8 billion, joining a surge of private equity into dull but profitable back-office firms. The 30% above-market offer for Alliance, which also runs a data processing unit, is the latest in a wave of takeovers in the financial-processing... More »

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