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Private Equity Revisits Strategies to Avoid Failed Bids

PRIVATE EQUITY NEWS [DOW JONES]. APRIL 16, 2018

Despite a thriving buyout market last year, some U.K. and European firms are revisiting their acquisition strategies to help prevent deals from falling apart.

Private-equity buyouts boomed in 2017, rising to $127.7 billion of investment in the region, up from $109.8 billion in 2016, the highest amount in at least five years, according to.... READ MORE.

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The Fight of a Rookie BBC Journalist

 

MEDIUM [VIA HARPERCOLLINS]. FEB. 20, 2018

In early 2006, I stumbled upon an incident of concern involving a differently abled twenty-two-year-old woman. I delved into an investigation of my own for a newspaper story at the time. The incident I speak of is one of many that point to an excessive, and often detrimental, emphasis on family honour as the nucleus of a moral compass that rests solely on women, regardless of their... READ MORE.

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Artificial Intelligence Sees Surge in Venture, Growth Investing

 

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND PRIVATE EQUITY NEWS [DOW JONES]. NOV. 13, 2017

Artificial intelligence, seen as a transformative technology across a range of industries, is attracting increasing investment in the U.K. and Europe from private-equity firms.

But those firms are often making growth or venture-type investments rather than going for full buyouts, as they put a toe in the market to... READ MORE.

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Project financing picks up steam among CapEx-shy midstream developers

- S&P GLOBAL. NOV. 4, 2016.

The midstream sector is increasingly turning to project financing for their growth plans as developers look to take capital costs off the balance sheet, a move that has been greeted warmly by banks willing to take on the risk for higher margins.

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A Storm Upstate: NY Ruling on Constitution Pipeline Likely to Unleash Wrath

S&P GLOBAL. APRIL 18, 2016.

It was a prophetic feature whose predictions came true on April 22, 2016 - less than a week after this feature ran.

When a massive rainstorm hit the Catskills in June 2006, it caused severe flooding in upstate New York's Mohawk and Hudson river valleys and swept untold volumes of debris into streams and rivers. Anne Marie Garti ... watched as a seasonal stream swelled far beyond its bed and devoured her pond...

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Investors in Troubled Oil & Gas Partnerships Could be Slammed with Hefty Tax Bills

S&P GLOBAL. Feb. 10, 2016.

The key issues identified in this ahead-of-the-curve explanatory feature were replicated in The New York Times on Feb. 19, 2016. The New York Times article can be viewed here.

Investors in oil and gas partnerships that include Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, could face serious tax troubles amid a rising number of debt cancellations, debt restructurings and bankruptcies among upstream and midstream players through 2016, lawyers said.

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US National Debt - 5 Times Greater Than The Govt. Admits

NEWSWEEK/ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES. JUNE 6, 2012

[INVESTIGATIVE STORY]

Every newborn child in the US carries a virtual debt of $253,000.

The IOU that is being laid on the doorsteps of U.S. taxpayers in the form of the national debt is far greater than most Americans realize. That's because the federal government does not report the true size of the national debt - now nearly $80 trillion.

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Midstream analysts predict quiet 2017 amid regulatory limbo, tightening M&A

- S&P GLOBAL. DEC. 29, 2016. [A 2017 Midstream M&A preview]. 

The outlook for the midstream sector in 2017 is one of tempered optimism as the oil and gas industry benefits from strengthening commodity prices but pipelines still face regulatory hurdles, restrained M&A activity, shifting investor preferences and scrambles for capital as interest rates rise.

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Energy M&A lawyers prepare for pivot to bankruptcy work as E&Ps teeter

S&P GLOBAL. MARCH 4, 2016

With a decline expected in the pace of billion-dollar acquisitions, many energy M&A lawyers are instead finding work with bankruptcy attorneys as more E&P firms restructure their books or prepare for pre-negotiated bankruptcies.

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Verizon & Vodafone Top The 5 Best M&A Deals of the Last 5 Years

- TheStreet.com, MAY 27, 2014.

Mergers can be as dicey - or as blissful - as modern-day marriages. In the aftermath of the global economic downturn, they can be especially delicate. It takes indomitable resolve and patience to create a masterful merger and begin a shared legacy. Here are the top five post-recession deals where companies got it right, despite the odds against them.

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Fair-Trade Coffee Wins Over Starbucks, Keurig, but Fails Coffee Producers

 

- TheStreet.com, JULY 22, 2014.

While fair-trade-certified products are increasingly gaining the support of big-league brands, poor coffee growers continue to earn a pittance.

Back in the 1960s, the concept of fair-trade coffee was confined to do-gooder churches and charity shops, which believed that the poor would benefit from it. Today, fair trade wears the garb of an opportunistic culture... [READ MORE

NASA Technology Brings Down Asthma, Allergies

- YAHOO FINANCE AND TheStreet.com. MAY 2014.

Ten-year-old Chandler from Arizona is a gifted musician whose fingers fly like feathers as they create mellifluous music on the piano. He also wants to play a flute. But his lungs won't let him. He nearly fainted when he tried it once.

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Fund managers see upside in energy MLPs as stocks rebound from February bottom

S&P GLOBAL. MAY 27, 2016

Investment managers have jumped back into energy master limited partnerships after selling off positions in late 2015 and early 2016.

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Midstream industry can expect continued shareholder activism in 2017

- S&P GLOBAL, DEC. 1, 2016

Activist investors are expected to be more hands-on in midstream energy companies through 2017 as they look to optimize the value of their assets in a rebounding industry environment.

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Why have 26 workers in Bahrain committed suicide?

NEWSWEEK/ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, JULY 11, 2012

This semi-investigative story was the first in a series, which led to the release of 112 migrant workers on July 19, 2012, after being detained in Bahrain for more than six years.

Pasupathi Mariappan, 33, originally from Tamil Nadu in South India, became the twenty-sixth Indian expat to commit suicide in Bahrain this year. The blacksmith who worked at Manama-based construction giant Nass... [READ MORE]

Once Wall Street Bankers, Now Consultants

TheStreet.com. MAY 19, 2014

You're a banker and you were working on Wall Street. You were doing great until you were suddenly laid off because of what came to be known as the Great Recession of 2008. What now? 

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'MLP version 3.0': Leaner, more conservative partnerships on the horizon

S&P GLOBAL. JUNE 28, 2016. 

The master limited partnership of the future will not look like the MLP of the past. While there is little doubt among energy and finance experts that midstream partnerships will long be a staple of the energy industry, there are rampant expectations that... [READ MORE]

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Growing Spats Between Countries Leads To Need For More Cross-Border Lawyers

NEWSWEEK/ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES. AUG. 3, 2012

The number of fresh arbitration cases filed with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes last year reached its highest level in four decades, the ICSID said. Political turbulence and volatile market conditions stemming from the European debt crisis and the aftermath of the Arab Spring are driving a global demand for... [READ MORE]

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More producers go the In bankruptcy, producers continue to try to ditch G&P contracts

S&P GLOBAL. MARCH 8, 2016

More bankrupt producers go the Sabine, Quicksilver way spelling doomsday for midstream players. Shale producer Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. is the latest to follow the footsteps of Sabine Oil & Gas LLC and Quicksilver Resources Inc., joining the bandwagon of beleaguered upstream players scrambling for relief from previous midstream commitments.

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Midstream firms reassess their risk from G&P contracts with troubled producers

S&P GLOBAL. MARCH 15, 2016

Pipeline operators' legal teams are carefully reviewing their contracts with producers following a bankruptcy court decision that created questions about binding agreements. Law firms have been getting multiple requests from midstream companies to review their gathering and processing contracts and evaluate potential risks, according to... [READ MORE].

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BetCoin Ups the Ante for Bitcoin Gaming

YAHOO FINANCE & THESTREET.COM. JULY 29, 2014

One of Skype's earliest investors has achieved millions of dollars in cost savings on its Bitcoin gaming platform, since its foray into cloud gaming and its ensuing partnership with Amazon (AMZN).

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Detroit Real Estate Draws Interest from Google, JPMorgan

MSN MONEY & THESTREET.COM, JULY 2014

In less than a year after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Motor City is attracting real-estate investors and interest from companies, including Google (GOOG), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Quicken Loans.
 

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