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Oct 01, 2014

Outdoor living retailer Offenbacher sold to Baltimore-based firm

Buyer plans to expand the Md./Va.-based chain Offenbacher Aquatics Inc., a regional retailer of patio furniture, grills and fireplaces, has been acquired by a private equity buyout firm that plans to expand the chain and upgrade stores and the online...

Sep 30, 2014

Minister: We'll have to make tough decision on college funds

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has said that decisions need to be made about the future funding of higher education in Ireland. But she said she would await the report of an expert group set up by her predecessor Ruairi Quinn, which is due to issu... #Trinity College, Dublin #Jan O'Sullivan

Sep 29, 2014

Deals get harder for PE raiders

THE days where private equity firms can swallow listed companies like Treasury Wine Estates for attractive prices could be gone... #Trinity College, Dublin #Jan O'Sullivan

Oct 01, 2014

Market analysis: Stocks rise on hope of ECB action

Irish and European stocks rose as investors speculated that the European Central Bank will boost stimulus after a report showed euro-area inflation slowed this month. The ISEQ Overall Index advanced 57.8 points, or 1.2pc, to 4,874.68 points. The benc... #European Central Bank #European Union #Europe #London #Royal Bank of Scotland #DAX Index #Bank of Ireland

Sep 30, 2014

Paulson, Landy Feel ‘Pressure’ to Reduce Fees

Two titans of the hedge-fund and private-equity world say they are growing more open to reducing fees in the face of rising scrutiny of the compensation paid to managers of so-called alternative investments... #European Central Bank #European Union #Europe #London #Royal Bank of Scotland #DAX Index #Bank of Ireland

Sep 30, 2014

Bill de Blasio, Adam Smith and the Living Wage Movement

"It is but equity that they who feed, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged." -- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations Don't let ... #European Central Bank #European Union #Europe #London #Royal Bank of Scotland #DAX Index #Bank of Ireland

Oct 01, 2014

Shadow banking system a growing risk to financial stability IMF

Fund report says tightening of bank regulations may be driving shift to lending by hedge funds and private equity Growth in the worlds $70tn (£43tn) shadow banking system is a risk to financial stability and monitoring of the sector is inadequate, th... #European Central Bank #European Union #Europe #London #Royal Bank of Scotland #DAX Index #Bank of Ireland

Sep 28, 2014

Denham bets $200m on mining play

PRIVATE equity heavyweight Denham Capital is on the verge of launching a $200m venture to overhaul underperforming mining ventures... #European Central Bank #European Union #Europe #London #Royal Bank of Scotland #DAX Index #Bank of Ireland

Sep 29, 2014

Ripplewood Drops Private Equity Model

Ripplewood Holdings, the New York-based firm that invested in Hostess Brands Inc. and the publisher of Readers’ Digest, has abandoned its private equity model, according to a person close to the matter... #European Central Bank #European Union #Europe #London #Royal Bank of Scotland #DAX Index #Bank of Ireland

Oct 01, 2014

A Chinese Fracking Bet Goes Wrong

The Bakken Shale formation has revolutionized North America's energy industry. But an early Chinese private-equity bet into Canada's side of the oil field has little to show for its investment... #Canada #North America