American Fibers and Yarns Co. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in order to liquidate its assets. The company makes polypropylene fibers and yarns for home furnishings, automotive and industrial applications. Monitor Clipper Partners sponsored a management buyout of the company in late 1999 from a division of AP Amoco.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve relaxed bank ownership rules, but it only goes so far in solving existing problems — banks will not get all the capital they need, and private equity firms will not get the control positions they seek. Senior private equity executives said while the move was a step in […]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Private equity investor J. Christopher Flowers has been cleared by U.S. regulators to buy a small bank in Missouri and could use the purchase as a base from which to acquire other banks. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency gave approval for Flowers to acquire First National Bank of Cainesville […]
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Washington Mutual Inc (WM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the large U.S. savings and loan beleaguered by mortgage losses, is pressing ahead for a takeover deal by talking to multiple suitors, as well as exploring options to raise capital, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. U.S. regulators are eager for […]
Advent International has acquired Grango Assado, an operator of highway restaurants in Brazil, from the company’s founding family. No financial terms were disclosed, although Grango Assado expects 2008 sales in excess of US$120 million. PRESS RELEASE Advent International, the global private equity firm, today announced that it has acquired 100% of Frango Assado, the leading […]
Seems the best way to get a deal done these days is to Do It Yourself. And by “It,” I mean the financing. Instead of relying on lenders or co-investors, firms are “in-sourcing” their deal finance. What better way to avoid dreaded contingencies, which these days, is a four letter word to the ears of sellers. Just look at the recent fundraisings of Sterling Partners and Insight Equity. Both firms raised side funds (one a co-invest, one a mezzanine) for the sole purpose of financing their own deals. It’s got the same flavor as the attractive one-stop shop lending we’ve seen from the likes of American Capital, GE and Allied’s Unitranche Fund, etc.
LONDON (Reuters) – Lehman Brothers is being replaced as agent on two European leveraged loans which backed the buyouts of UK forging industry manufacturer Firth Rixson and frozen food manufacturer Iglo Birds Eye Frozen Foods, senior banking sources said on Tuesday. The changes mark the start of the loan market’s effort to get to grips […]
(Reuters) – Satellite-phone provider Iridium Holdings LLC agreed to a reverse acquisition with a listed affiliate of investment bank Greenhill & Co (GHL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for about $591 million, the companies said. The deal will enable Iridium to be debt free and help the provider of mobile satellite services to develop its […]
Private equity activity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has more than halved in the first half of 2008, replicating the depression in markets across the globe. According to a report in Emirates Business 24/7, just 12 investments were made across MENA in the first half of 2008, compared to 33 in […]
Huron Capital Partners has formed DOCetera Corp., an acquisition platform company for the document process outsourcing and total process outsourcing market. It will be run by Tom Olivia, former president of Cenveo Corp. (NYSE: CVO). No financial terms of Huron's commitment were disclosed.

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