How private equity firms can resemble the empires they once broke up
General Electric was once the mightiest enterprise in the world, worth hundreds of billions of dollars. When GE decided to break itself apart in 2021, many believed this symbolised the demise of the American conglomerate. But as the FT’s Mark Vandevelde reports, bringing hundreds of companies together under common ownership hasn’t died, it has a new name: private equity.
Today about half of America’s newspapers are controlled by investment groups. But as the FT’s James Fontanella-Khan explains, one name stands above the rest: Alden Global Capital. Critics say it’s destroying local newspapers, but Alden says it’s saving th
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Due Diligence’s James Fontanella-Khan, US corporate finance and deals editor, explains why established companies from brick and mortar retailers to broadcasters are taking risky bets on big acquisitions.
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