The Wall Street bankers behind Comcast Corp.’s $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., a surprise end-run around veteran media dealmaker John Malone, drew from experience on some of the past decades’ biggest deals, including the RJR-Nabisco buyout made famous in “Barbarians at the Gate.”
Robert Schaeberle, who led Nabisco Inc., one of America’s leading snack makers, into the 1981 merger with Standard Brands Inc. that set the stage for the defining battle of the leveraged-buyout era, has died. He was 88.
When Ken Duberstein’s secretary told him Michael Dell was on the phone on the afternoon of July 31, there was little doubt about the topic. That morning, Dell Inc.’s special board committee had rejected the latest offer from Dell to take the personal-computer company private, a battle that was dragging into its 11th month.
It took three decades for the amount of speculative-grade debt to reach $1 trillion. It took about seven years to reach $2 trillion as investors sought relief from the financial repression brought on by near-zero interest rates.
After making their founders billionaires, buyout specialists such as Carlyle Group and KKR & Co. are turning into asset managers that run hedge funds and strip malls as fresh capital and takeover targets become scarce.