RBS Locks Out Private Equity

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How bad is the reputation of private equity? Months after private equity companies began to back away from deals that no longer seem promising in our credit crunched world, the Royal Bank of Scotland has told many of the biggest private equity firms they aren’t welcome in the first round of the auction of the bank’s insurance business, according to the Financial Times reports.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Blackstone and Apax Partners had reportedly planned to bid in the auction, but were told by RBS that they were being excluded. Exclusion from the auction is widely being interpreted as demonstrating a clear vote of no-confidence in the ability of private equity buyers to secure financing necessary to close acquisitions.
RBS spurns buy-out groups [Financial Times]

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