The announced deal for Texas energy giant TXU
Earlier in the week, Blackstone said that it would not launch a counterbid against KKR and TPG. Part of the reason may have been that finding a financing source for a proposal would have been difficult -- the list of firms already involved with the deal reads like a who's who on Wall Street. But that hurdle is now gone.
Reports last night suggest that Credit Suisse
So will Blackstone -- or another financial bidder, for that matter -- go in for a competitive bid? Even though these guys have been surprising left and right lately, I doubt it. Blackstone did have to fight off another suitor for EOP, but the competitor was Vornado Realty
Given the ugly approval process KKR and TPG still have to wade through, Blackstone and others may not see the value in shifting money and resources toward a competitive bid. If the deal does go through, it may set a precedent that other shops could use going forward to take down similar deals.
Besides, Blackstone's CEO, Stephan Schwarzman, has already said that he sees the possibility of a $50 billion buyout by year's end, so why would he waste his time on a lousy $45 billion deal?
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