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Going Private

Going Private

by Rick Turoczy on June 3, 2006

Kinder Morgan unveiled the largest management-led buyout in history this week, with top executives proposing a $13.5 billion deal that would make the oil-and-gas pipeline company a closely held firm. Let’s hope this event isn’t lost on Congress, whose regulatory fervor is one reason many companies are fleeing the U.S. public capital markets.

Private equity is booming, and sweeping up U.S. business in the process. Fifteen years ago, a handful of private-equity firms managed a few billion; today, more than 250 firms control some $800 billion in capital.

Going Private

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