Germany's BMW among suitors for $6.4 billion ANZ car finance unit -source

Germany's BMW AG (BMWG.DE), Australia's Macquarie Group (MQG.AX) and a host of U.S. private equity firms are expected to bid for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's (ANZ.AX) more than $6 billion car and equipment loan book, a source said on Monday.

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Under external fire, European private equity opts to specialize

Outgunned by Chinese and Middle Eastern competitors and lacking the breadth of service of their U.S. rivals, European private equity firms are focusing on specific industries to compete on their home turf.

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Sysco close to asset sale to win antitrust nod for US Foods deal

Sysco Corp (SYY.N), the biggest U.S. food distributor, is in advanced talks to sell some assets to a food company owned by Blackstone Group (BX.N) in order to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of US Foods Inc [USFOO.UL], the New York Post reported, citing sources.

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Blackstone chases Buffett with 'core' private equity

Blackstone Group LP has reached out to its biggest fund investors about investing in a new investment vehicle with a longer investment horizon than the typical 10-year private equity fund, according to people familiar with the matter

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Cementos Portland approaches Blackstone over debt refinancing-source

Spanish cement company Cementos Portland Valderrivas majority owned by FCC, has approached Blackstone over the refinancing of 345 million euros ($436.36 million) of debt, a source close to the matter said on Friday.

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Cybersecurity firm Cylance bags $20M in Series B round

Blackstone, Khosla Ventures, Fairhaven Capital and a group of private investors invested $20 million in the Series B round of cybersecurity firm Cylance

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Private equity managers in Asia not inspired by reopening of IPOs in China- report

The reopening of the IPO market in China did not inspire private equity managers in Asia who do not believe that the development would help companies make profitable exits.

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US private equity firm Blackstone lifts stake in MCX

US-based private equity group Blackstone bought a further 2.79% stake in Mumbai, India-based commodity bourse Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) from foreign fund house Merrill Lynch, bringing its total holding to 4.99%.

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Carlyle Group introduces first two mutual funds

Alternative asset manager Carlyle Group has introduced its first two publicly listed mutual funds, paving the way for Carlyle to offer its investment platform to retail investors, Reuters reported.

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Gains in private equity-led listings fuel investors' demand- report

The 18.6% increase in the shares of listings backed by private equity firms will fuel the demand of institutional investors as more public debuts are being planned, the Financial Times reported.

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Spate of hotel IPOs underscores revival of hospitality industry- report

A report said the wave of hotel initial public offerings of Blackstone Group showcased a resurgence in one of the sectors that suffered the most during the recession, the hospitality industry.

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Two investors vie for minority stake in Italian luxury brand Versace

Italy's state backed Fondo Strategico Italiano (FSI) and private equity firm CCMP Capital are leading the race to secure a minority stake in Italian luxury goods group Versace.

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Top deals of the day - bids, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Monday including Greece banking, Fiat, BOFA, Mechel, Saputo, RBS, Lohmann, Carlyle Group, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Kuwait Airways, Dubai Holding, SunEdison, Blackstone, Greece National Bank, IMG Worldwide, KKR, Babcock, AMR, Orrick, BAC and Fisker Automotive.

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New private equity firms edges KKR, Blackstone and Bain Capital as investors' favorites - report

A shift in demand from big firms like KKR, Blackstone and Bain Capital to midsize firms like HIG Capital, Sentinel Capital and KPS Capital in investors was seen in a recent survey conducted by Preqin.

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Blackstone acquisitions may soon displace DLF as top realty firm

Blackstone Group, the second biggest realty firm in India, may soon replace DLF as the top real estate developer with its series of acquisitions in the country.

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