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Michael Beblo, Pennsylvania Pension Alternatives Director, Dies
Michael Beblo, the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System’s director of alternative investments, died on Aug. 2. He was 62.

What Happens if the IPO Window Slams Shut?
Private equity firms have had a record few years of exits. What happens if the recent volatility in the marketplace prevents new initial public offerings?

Committed: Arizona Considers Bigger Bets With Private Debt Managers
Arizona State Retirement System joins other pension funds, including the Orange County Employees Retirement System and the Indiana Public Retirement System, that have recently devoted more attention to the credit space.

The Morning Leverage: KKR, Bain Sell Medical Device Maker for $1.73 Billion

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In this morning’s media roundup, the biggest take-private of a U.S. –listed Chinese company may not be so big after the recent market volatility as the investors behind the deal consider revising their offer. Elsewhere, KKR and Bain line up an exit for Lake Region Medical, Z Capital Credit Partners is raising a new fund on the premise that major distress is on the way, and Riverside Co. starts raising big bucks for tiny businesses.

Mezzanine Lenders Expect Robust Fundraising Environment
Despite a slow start to the year, mezzanine lenders are predicting robust fundraising in the second half.

The Morning Leverage: Levine Leichtman Gets FTC Approval for Monte Nido Deal
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In this morning’s media roundup, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners gains antitrust approval from the Federal Trade Commission to buy eating disorder treatment operator Monte Nido Holdings LLC. Meanwhile, Kainos Capital agrees to buy a majority stake in Product Quest Manufacturing LLC, a contract and private-label maker of over-the-counter consumer products.

Energy Players ‘Not Thinking For Short Term’
Private Equity Beat talked with attendees of this year’s NAPE Expo tradeshow in Houston about the state of the oil and gas industry.

Dutch Private Equity Body Slams ‘Populist’ Policies
Proposals to change the way buyout firms do business in the Netherlands have been dismissed as “populist” and “disappointing” by the industry's trade body in the country, where private equity faces increasing scrutiny from policymakers and investors alike. The NVP, which represents 90% of private equity firms and venture capital firms in the Netherlands, was responding to a policy paper published on August 24 by Henk Nijboer, a member of parliament for the social democrat party PvdA – one of the country's governing parties.  Mr. Nijboer’s policy paper, entitled "End the Excesses," comprise 12 legislative proposals which, if implemented, would significantly impact the way buyout firms can operate in the country.

The Morning Leverage: Blackstone Seeks Property Bargains in China
A roundup of private equity-related news.

The Morning Leverage: China’s Market Rout May Foil ‘Take-Privates’
A roundup of private equity-related news.