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Jim Thompson

Former CEO of ORIX USA establishes Preston Hollow Capital

The former head of ORIX USA, Jim Thompson, has launched Preston Hollow Capital, an investment company that will target fixed income, venture capital and hedge funds.

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SandRidge Energy Inc

Fieldwood shells out $750M to acquire Sandridge unit in Gulf Coast

Houston, US-based firm Fieldwood Energy LLC, a portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings LLC, bought the Gulf Coast unit of Oklahoma-based firm SandRidge Energy Inc in a deal valued at $750 million.

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Codere SA

Spain's Codere gets 30-day grace period on €127M loan

Gaming group Codere, which sought protection from creditors last week, got a 30-day extension on a €127 million ($173 million)loan due on January 5. Codere had €1.27 billion of debt as of last September.

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Royal Dutch Shell

TPG eyes Shell assets in Australia -report

Texas, US-based private investment firm TPG Capital is in a tussle with two other potential buyers of the Australian assets of Netherlands-based petrol and refining firm Royal Dutch Shell, according to a report.

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Omicia

US genomics startup Omicia picks up $6.8M in Series A round

California, US-based clinical genomic startup Omicia has raised $6.8 million in a Series A round led by Artis Ventures for the expansion of its marketing efforts and optimization of its big data offerings.

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BitChemy Ventures

Indian tech incubator BitChemy invests $6M in three startups -report

Hyderabad, India-based tech incubator BitChemy Ventures poured in $6 million in three startups - 3LOQ Labs, Cafyne Inc, and Altiux Innovations, according to a report.

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Carlyle Group LP

Carlyle, KKR in talks to acquire Brazilian healthcare firm Fleury for $1.2B

Private equity funds Carlyle Group LP and KKR & Co are in discussion to purchase troubled Brazil-based medical services provider Fleury SA in a deal worth BRL2.9 billion ($1.2 billion), according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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Joseph Lieberman

Former US senator Joseph Lieberman joins private equity firm Victory Park Capital

Joseph Lieberman, a former US senator from Connecticut and onetime vice-presidential candidate, will join private equity firm Victory Park Capital Advisors LLC as chairman of its executive board.

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 Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder of Blackstone

Buyout kings seek U.S. partnerships as deal prices rise

Private equity firms are increasingly seeking to partner with U.S. companies rather than buying them outright, as they struggle to find ways to put their huge piles of money to work at a time when frothy markets have made takeovers expensive.

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BlackRock Inc.

BlackRock to raise $3B for new credit hedge fund BlackRock Credit Alpha Fund

BlackRock, the world's largest manager, is seeking to raise up to $3 billion for a new hedge fund to invest in credit globally. BlackRock Credit Alpha Fund was created in October with an initial target capital commitment of $500 million.

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Transpacific Industries Group Ltd.

Carlyle, KKR advance in the bidding for Transpacific Industries' waste management unit

US-based private equity firms Carlyle Group and KKR & Co and Australian investment firm Archer Capital have advanced in the sale of Transpacific Industries Group's waste management business. The three firms are working with banks to put together loan packages to back their bids.

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Time Warner Cable

Top deals of the day - bid, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Friday including ITC Holdings, Dave & Buster, Time Warner Cable, Banca Etruria, Cube Capital, Cargolux, Simon Property and Versace.

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Hospitality Staffing Solutions

Court approves asset sale of Hospitality Staffing Solutions to HS Solutions Corporation

Hospitality Staffing Solutions said it had obtained approval from the court to sell its assets to HS Solutions Corporation. Financial details about the deal were not disclosed.

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Skype

Top deals of the day - bids, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Wednesday, including Fortum, National Vision, Saipem, CTT, MTS, Southern Pacific, Warrnambool, Verbund, Bakkafrost, Popular and Marathon Oil.

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Carlyle Group LP

KKR, Carlyle vie for optical retailer National Vision -sources

KKR & Co LP and Carlyle Group LP are competing for National Vision Inc, the fourth-largest U.S. retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, in an auction that could fetch up to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said this week.

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