peHUB Second Opinion 2.17

Playing it safe: Johannes Huth, KKR’s head of Europe, is “cautiously optimistic” about 2010. (Financial News)

For Sale Already?, a competitor to the much more popular Tweetmeme service, has put itself on the auction block. (Mashable)

Anyone Want to Make a Vanity Investment? Terra Firma may sell Abbey Road to raise money for EMI. Paul McCartney hopes someone will rescue it. (Sidney Morning Herald)

Private equity needs to improve its courtship: Investors neither wanted nor were ready for the wave of private equity IPOs being pushed through. (Telegraph)

Sharia PE: Reuters is holding its Islamic Summit, and speakers predicted a PE boom for Islamic finance. (Reuters)

Women in PE: In terms of geography, North America-based private equity firms have the highest percentage, 8.5%, of female employees in senior management roles in the industry. Not surprising, but disappointing. (Preqin)

Cuomo’s Crusade: Ares Management LLC and Freeman Spogli & Co. have adopted Andrew Cuomo’s code of conduct for PE firms. (WSJ)

CalSTRS Expanding: The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced the expansion of its relationship with Banc of America Merrill Lynch Capital Access Fund into underserved inner-city and rural markets. (BusinessWire)

Hey Guys! Good News! The people behind “Spanx” have developed Spanx for Man. Manx? (WSJ)

Just Because: This photo slideshow of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a good pick-me-up. (Christian Science Monitor)