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Silver Lake explores sale of IPC Systems: Reuters

Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners LP is looking to sell IPC Systems Inc, a provider of communication systems for Wall Street traders, to exit one of its longest-held investments, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Carlyle LPs to share in collusion suit settlement costs: Buyouts

The Carlyle Group’s $115 million settlement of a lawsuit that alleged it colluded with other buyout shops to depress deal prices will be paid through a combination of Carlyle Partners IV fund capital, insurance, balance sheet capital, and contributions from some employees of the firm.

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Catch up on the latest after the weekend including an insight into banks and their private equity businesses, Blackstone turning its back on Russia and who is Pennsylvania PSERS’ top buyout performer.

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In Second Opinion, Silver Lake stands to make 5x its money with the Alibaba IPO, Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will overhaul how it deals with player behavior.

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Vantiv to buy Mercury Payment Systems for $1.65 bln

Vantiv has agreed to buy Mercury Payment Systems for $1.65 billion. Silver Lake, which owns a majority of Mercury, is the seller. Durango, Colo.-based Mercury, a payment technology company, generated net revenue of $237 million in 2013. Mercury, which had filed for an IPO, said it will withdraw its registration statement filed with the SEC. Credit Suisse and BofA Merrill Lynch provided financial advice to Vantiv. Morgan Stanley was lead M&A advisor to Mercury, which was also advised by J.P. Morgan, Barclays and FT Partners.

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