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May 15, 2014
11:05 EDTDB, BXDeutsche Bank agrees to sell Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for $1.73B
Deutsche Bank (DB) announced that it has reached an agreement with Blackstone (BX) Real Estate Partners VII to sell Nevada Property 1 LLC, the owner of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Under the transaction, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII will acquire 100% of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for $1.73B, which will be paid in cash. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The sale will have a net positive impact on the Bank's CRD4 pro-forma fully loaded common equity tier 1 ratio of approximately five basis points upon closing of the transaction.
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July 24, 2014
08:30 EDTBXCarlyle may be last firm in rigging suit as peers near settlement, NY Post says
Carlyle Group (CG) may soon be the only private equity firm left to settle a suit that accused it and several of its peers of conspiring to hold down deal prices and one source close to the situation said “my expectation is there will be a trial,” according to The New York Post. Bain Capital, Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs (GS) previously settled for a combined $150.5M and KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and TPG Capital are expected to settle for an amount above that "within days," the report said. Reference Link
08:25 EDTDBDeutsche ability to pass U.S. stress tests questioned after warning, FT says
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08:20 EDTDBDeutsche Bank CFO faces internal criticism over reporting, WSJ says
U.S. authorities have expressed serious concerns about Deutsche Bank's financial data, it has recently come to light, but the bank's CFO Stefan Krause has also faced criticism from within the organization about the issues, say people familiar with the discussions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 23, 2014
08:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires majority stake in Service King Collision Repair Centers
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07:45 EDTBXSEC to approve money fund rules with exemptions for discount brokers, WSJ says
New money-market mutual fund rules that are expected to be approved at a Securities and Exchange Commission meeting on Wednesday will exempt discount brokers like Charles Schwab (SCHW) from some provisions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Under the SEC's planned rules, "prime" money funds that are held by corporations and institutional investors will have to abandon a fixed $1-a-share price and float in value like other mutual funds, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Analysts said Schwab and other large money-fund sponsors, Vanguard and Fidelity, would do well under the plan, according to the report. Blackstone (BX) also offers money-market mutual funds. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
15:49 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, WSJ says
Blackstone's (BX) purchase from Carlyle Group (CG) of the majority stake in the repair chain values the company at about $650M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a source. Reference Link
15:32 EDTDBNY Fed said Deutsche Bank U.S. unit reports 'inaccurate, unreliable,' WSJ says
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14:25 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, Dow says
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07:31 EDTDBSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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July 18, 2014
07:14 EDTBXBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
06:26 EDTDBMetro hires Deutsche to guide on consumer-electronics unit, Bloomberg says
Metro (MTTRY) hired Deutsche Bank (DB) to examine options for its consumer-electronics unit, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The sources said that alternatives may include a sale, spinoff or IPO of the Media-Saturn division. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
07:27 EDTBXBlackstone buys CatalunyaCaixa loan portfolio
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone reports total assets under management of $279B
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus 71c
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone buys Catalunya Banc mortgage portfolio for $5B, Reuters says
Blackstone has purchased a large mortgage portfolio from Spain's Catalunya Banc for $5B in an agreement backed by fresh state funds as the government aims to sell the firm, reported Reuters. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
08:25 EDTDBCNBC / Institutional Investor to host a conference
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07:10 EDTBXBlackstone, Oaktree strive for Catalunya mortgage portfolio, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
06:50 EDTBXFriends Life disposes Lombard division to Blackstone, Reuters says
Friends Life announced that it sold its Lombard division to Blackstone for an initial consideration of $532M and said it will use a portion of the proceeds to buy-back shares, according to Reuters, citing a statement from Friends Life CEO Andy Briggs. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in 2H14. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
07:08 EDTDBECB keeps tight grip on banks with health check results, Reuters says
The European Central Bank is targeting to keep a tight grip banks in the final phase of a balance sheet health check in October, giving them only 48 hours to review the test results before publishing them, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. The assessment will look into banks’ balance sheets and measure their ability to handle shock and stress. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).

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