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Jimmy Lee: Credit Markets are “Wide Open”

Jimmy Lee, JPMorgan’s legendary dealmaker, just finished up on CNBC’s new show, Strategy Session. Not only did he say the credit markets “are wide open,” but he said up to $10 billion in debt is now available for a big LBO, provided it sits on top of about $5 billion in equity and is, of course, the right kind of company. That jibes with what Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein told the Washington Post earlier this week.

“If you look at these business cycles, the signs are all set for an M&A rebound” Lee said on the show. He added that CEO confidence is on the rise and companies have the more cash on their balance sheet than at any time since 1952 and that cash is earning close to zero.

Lee also sees more mega private equity firms going public along the lines of KKR and Blackstone as they take the next steps to institutionalize their business models. The most important deal of the year is probably the IPO of General Motors and you can bet JPMorgan and every other bank is clamoring to get in. “Jamie and I want to lead that deal,” Lee said. (Government take note: Jimmy drives a GM car.)

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    New issue high yield market has been closed for 2 weeks.
    Lee also famously said in late 2007 and early 2008 that the economy and capital markets were incredibly robust and no recession was on or near the horizon.

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  9. Jamie Dimon says:

    Didn’t I fire this arrogant blowhard years ago? Or did I just make him Vice Chairman of Bullsh!t? Either way, someone else can take the balance sheet risk, Jimmy will take you to golf.

  10. Skippy says:

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  11. Jeff Lageman Rulz says:

    how many ways does this guy ***ing suck? let us count the ways….1) 80s style power suspenders and slicked back hair (check), 2) a grown man that calls himself “jimmy” (check), 3) headline grabbing statements full of bravado (check), 4) having a senior position in the world’s largest bank yet making a personal, first name only boast instead of using this trillion institution’s name…..”Jamie and I…” (check), 5) having jp morgan employees lick your boots all the time as if you’re God (check)

    way to keep a low profile, this won’t attract negative attention “jimmy”

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    whatever deal gets done will be done for the bankers, not GM shareholders, the Feds, or other GM consituencies

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