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Berkery Noyes is among the nation's leading independent investment banks providing mergers and acquisitions advisory and financial consulting services to middle-market leaders in the global information, media, marketing services, entertainment and technology industries. Our focus on transactions in the $25 million to $500 million value range within specific vertical markets allows our senior investment bankers to bring deep market knowledge and broad experience to every assignment, enabling Berkery Noyes to deliver superior outcomes to our clients.

Since its founding by Joseph W. Berkery in 1983, Berkery Noyes has worked with corporate clients to grow through acquisition, divest non-core assets, and maximize shareholder returns through strategic transactions and restructurings. For private owners, Berkery Noyes helps create liquidity and execute timely exit strategies that achieve the personal and professional objectives of our clients.

Our uninterrupted record of growth and profitability, through up and down business cycles, is rooted in our client-centered approach that values relationships over transactions and puts the client's interests ahead of our own. In every instance, we strive to understand the unique aspects of every client's operation, and do not hesitate to advise against a transaction if it appears not to serve the client's long-term interests. This philosophy is further reflected in our commitment to offering independent, unbiased advice that is untainted by conflicts and cross-selling that arise with institutions with broader and more varied financial services and product offerings.

For more than 25 years, Berkery Noyes has worked closely with publicly held, privately owned and investor-backed companies, including most of the global information industry leaders, to recommend ideas, recognize opportunities, execute strategic transactions, and provide trusted, reliable and independent investment banking advice. We treat every assignment — from advising Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses — as if our reputation depended on it.

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K.K.R.’s Energy Billionaires Club

K.K.R.’s Energy Billionaires Club
Which of the following individuals is an oil-and-gas magnate who has made billions of dollars through a deal with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in the last three years?

(A) Jeffrey Hildebrand
(B) Terry Pegula
(C) Stacy Schusterman
(D) All of the above
If you answered (D), you are correct!
The private equity firm K.K.R. has had extraordinary success investing in so-called shale plays. Starting in 2009, the firm has placed three consecutive bets on the business of extracting natural gas from shale rock formations through hydraulic fracturing technology, or fracking.

It had previously sold two of those investments, flipping them to large energy companies and making billions of dollars for the firm and its investors. It further pressed its shale bet earlier this week with its $7.2 billion purchase of the Samson Investment Company, the largest corporate leveraged buyout of 2011.

Most of the frenzied interest surrounding domestic drilling for natural gas has been on its potential as a game-changing resource and the environmental risks associated with fracking. Yet very little has been written about the entrepreneurs who have made fortunes staking their businesses on drilling for shale gas.

Remarkably, K.K.R. has now partnered with three of them.

Who is this trio? All (or at least their families) appear in the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, yet each has run their businesses far below the media radar. Indeed, before their deals with K.K.R., none had ever been mentioned in either The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal.

Here is a quick snapshot of the three members of the K.K.R. energy billionaires club:

Terrence Pegula

Born into a coal-mining family in Carbondale, Pa., Mr. Pegula borrowed $7,500 from family and friends and began buying up land in the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation that stretches from West Virginia to New York State. In June 2009, his company, East Resources, sold a roughly one-third stake to K.K.R. in exchange for a $350 million cash infusion. Just 11 months later, Mr. Pegula and K.K.R. sold East Resources to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion.

Since the sale, Mr. Pegula has poured his money into hockey. He paid about $200 million for the Buffalo Sabres professional franchise and donated about $90 million to his alma mater, Penn State, to finance the new Pegula Ice Arena and help establish a Division I hockey program at the school. A resident of Boca Raton, Fla., Mr. Pegula is also the father of Jessica Pegula, a professional tennis player who played in last year’s U.S. Open.

Jeffrey Hildebrand

Trained as a geologist, Mr. Hildebrand started Houston-based Hilcorp Energy in 1989 just three years after earning a graduate degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, according to a biography on the school’s Web site. He bought out his partner, Thomas Hook, a former Goldman banker, for $500 million in 2003, according to Forbes.
In 2010, K.K.R. paid about $400 million for a 40 percent stake in Hilcorp Resources, the company’s roughly 100,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas. Last June, less than a year later, Hilcorp and K.K.R. sold the assets to Marathon Oil for $3.5 billion.

Stacy Schusterman
Ms. Schusterman is the daughter of Charles Schusterman, the founder of the Samson Investmet Company, an energy business based in Tulsa, Okla. After Mr. Schusterman died in 2000 at the age of 65, Ms. Schusterman — armed with degrees from Yale College and the University of Texas business school — took over the company. Samson, named after Ms. Schusterman’s grandfather, has 1,200 employees and operates more than 4,000 wells and has at least partial ownership of more than 12,500 wells nationwide, according to its Web site.

K.K.R. and three partners said this week it was paying $7.2 billion for most of the company; Ms. Schusterman and her family will maintain ownership of the company’s Gulf Coast and offshore deep-water Gulf of Mexico assets.

The Schusterman family is a major supporter of Jewish causes; Ms. Schusterman, 48, sits on the board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee among other Jewish organizations.


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KKR to Acquire Capital Safety From Arle Capital Partners for $1.1 Billion
KKR (KKR) & Co., the private-equity firm that acquired most of Samson Investment Co. last week, agreed to buy Capital Safety Ltd. from Arle Capital Partners LLP for $1.12 billion. The deal is expected to close in January.

KKR beat rival Cinven Ltd. in the process to buy the U.K.- based company, people familiar with the matter said. Capital Safety, which has U.S. offices in Red Wing, Minnesota, provides equipment that protects workers from falls, such as harnesses and lanyards.

Arle acquired Capital Safety from London-based Electra Partners in June 2007. The sale to New York-based KKR represents a return of 2.7 times Arle’s original investment as Capital Safety’s revenue doubled to $350 million, London-based Arle said today in a statement.

“We believe fall protection is particularly attractive because of the segment’s weighting towards energy and infrastructure and because of the potential for future growth due to further development of safety regulations,” Pete Stavros, a director in KKR’s industrials group, said in a statement.

Morgan Stanley & Co. advised KKR and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel. UBS AG and Morgan Stanley committed financing for the deal in the form of senior secured credit facilities. UBS, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and others advised Arle Capital.

KKR, founded in 1976 and run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, sealed the biggest leveraged buyout of the year and a record for an oil and gas producer when it agreed Nov. 23 to buy most of Samson for $7.2 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Devin Banerjee in New York at
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christian Baumgaertel at

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Facebook Plans $10 Billion IPO At $100 Billion Valuation Next Spring Matt Lynley | Nov. 28, 2011

WATCH: Is Facebook's IPO The End Of Innovation?

Facebook will make its debut on public markets between April and July next year and plans to raise up to $10 billion at a $100 billion valuation, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
That means Facebook could file for its initial public offering as early as the end of this year, unnamed sources told the Wall Street Journal. Facebook has already crafted an internal prospectus and is ready to file for its IPO at any time, according to the report.
Earlier this summer, CNBC reported the $100 billion amount and the filing timing, but said it might come early in 2012.

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    Thursday, November 24, 2011



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    Tuesday, November 22, 2011


    About Us
    Nurturing the Next Generation of Diverse Young Leaders

    Crossroads for Kids inspires at-risk youth to develop their innate potential to become members of the next generation of diverse young leaders in Boston and Massachusetts, breaking the cycle of poverty and under-achievement and yielding systemic change in the communities where they live. Through a unique combination of immersive summer camp and year-round mentoring and enrichment programs, Crossroads provides youth ages 7 – 18 years old with comprehensive support, resources and opportunities which guide them toward academic success, higher education, meaningful careers and responsible citizenship.

    Our Impact

    Currently, of the over 1000 at-risk youth Crossroads for Kids serves annually in our immersive summer programs, 40% participate in our comprehensive multi-year, year-round programs. Our experience has proven that children who are long-term members of our Crossroads for Kids year-round family (5-10 years) maintain a motivation for academic success resulting in 100% graduating from high school with 90% achieving college acceptance. The majority of our teens are first generation college students and serve in leadership positions on their campuses. Over 25% of our graduates continue their relationship with Crossroads for Kids and return to work in our programs excited to pay their experience forward.

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    @LGAadvpr Charlotte, NC
    Luquire George Andrews is an advertising, public relations, web design, media planning and buying agency that's always finding new ways to look at things
    Welcome to LGA. 15,224 square feet of room for brands and people to grow.

    It has desks and conference rooms and windows. And while it has walls, there are no boundaries. Ideas aren’t held to one discipline or two. They can go where they need to go. Be shaped into what they need to be.
    There are no limelights or spotlights for stars on pedestals. However, there are always a few lights on because good ideas and talent refuse to sleep.

    Clients are comfortable here. And it has nothing to do with the chairs in the conference rooms. It has more to do with our people and the culture they’ve built. This is an environment of can-do, what-if and let’s try. It’s a place for thinkers, problem solvers, believers—achievers. We operate on a philosophy of trust and aim to be a company of great character. We think hard. Work hard. And will always be relentless stewards of our clients’ brands.

    We know the importance of place – the value of having a strong culture. So for 27 years, we’ve strived to build a place where talented people and great brands want to come. Thrive. Grow.

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    Charlotte, NC 28209
    Telephone: 704-552-6565
    Fax: 704-552-1972
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    Steve Luquire
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    Todd Badgley
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    Babson Capital Hires Benjamin Silver to Expand West Coast Mezzanine/PE Activities


    Babson Capital Hires Benjamin Silver to Expand West Coast Mezzanine/PE Activities

    Brings 15 years of corporate financing experience to firm's new L.A. office

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Babson Capital Management
    LLC ("Babson Capital"), an investment management firm based in Boston and
    Springfield, Mass., announced today it has hired Benjamin Silver as a

    Managing Director in its Mezzanine/Private Equity Group (MPEG).
    Mr. Silver will be based in Babson Capital's recently opened West Coast
    MPEG office in Los Angeles.
    Mr. Silver joins Michael Ross, who joined Babson Capital last fall in
    its West Coast office. That office develops deal sources in the western
    U.S. and analyzes, structures and documents mezzanine and private equity
    investments generated by those sources.

    Mr. Silver was previously with GE Commercial Finance, where he was
    Senior Vice President in the Corporate Lending Group office in Beverly
    Hills, Calif. and led a team of five originators focused on the Southwest
    U.S. He has spent the past decade in corporate-finance origination roles
    for GE and the Union Bank of California in the Los Angeles area.

    "We are pleased to be able to add Ben as another strong representative
    in our growing West Coast operation," said Michael Hermsen, a Managing
    Director in Babson Capital's MPEG. "He and Mike Ross make a great team to
    work with our portfolio companies and sponsors in the region."

    Mr. Silver joins a team of 14 that was formed in 1992 and now manages
    about $3.2 billion on behalf of clients. The MPEG's clients include Tower
    Square Capital Partners II, L.P., a $1 billion mezzanine and private equity
    fund closed by Babson Capital in February 2006, and Tower Square I, a $265
    million fund closed in October 2003. It also invests on behalf of Babson
    Capital's parent, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual).
    MassMutual itself has been active in mezzanine and private equity investing
    since the 1960s. The MPEG team is led by a trio of managing directors: Mr.
    Hermsen, Michael Klofas and Richard Spencer.

    Prior to his positions at GE and Union Bank, Mr. Silver first came to
    Los Angeles as an account executive with Foothill Capital Corp. in 1995,
    where he worked for three years. His previous role was with the former
    Fleet Bank in Boston, Mass., as a senior field auditor in the Asset-Based
    Lending Group, a position he began after graduating from University of
    Massachusetts at Lowell with a degree in accounting in June 1992.

         About Babson Capital Management

     Babson Capital Management LLC and its subsidiaries manage more than
    $108 billion as of March 31, 2008 for sophisticated investors in the U.S.
    and abroad. The firm offers a wide range of absolute return, co-investing,
    financing and customized mandates utilizing equity, fixed-income and
    derivative instruments. Based in Boston and Springfield, Mass., and
    Charlotte, N.C., the firm has six additional offices in the U.S. with
    subsidiaries in London and Tokyo. Babson Capital is a member of the

    MassMutual Financial Group and is on the web at

    For more information contact:
    Ken Gepfert, LGA David Coburn, LGA
    704 552-6565 704 552-6565
    SOURCE Babson Capital Management LLC


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    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Financial Technologies Forum LLC - Q&A with Babson Capital’s AML Officer Jason Vazquez: Potential Fraud Losses Will Get Budget Attention

    Financial Technologies Forum LLC - Q&A with Babson Capital’s AML Officer Jason Vazquez: Potential Fraud Losses Will Get Budget Attention

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      Babson Capital operates using investment level decision making that is executed by boutique teams with distinct strategies and competencies. Our culture is guided by shared values of personal and professional integrity, teamwork, communication and transparency, and unrelenting dedication to the interests of our clients. The factors that differentiate Babson Capital are achieved by exceptional people, who bring talent, creativity and integrity to bear in all facets of our business.  We pride ourselves on valuing, recognizing and rewarding the distinct contributions of each associate.

    Our highly specialized fixed income capabilities are focused on three primary objectives:
    • Insurance Asset Management
    • Global Fixed Income
    • Global Private Finance

    The broad investment platform of experienced portfolio management and research teams that are focused around these objectives are supported by a deep infrastructure of resources including:
    • Legal/Compliance
    • Risk Management
    • Human Resources
    • Finance
    • Global Investment Services
    • Global Business Development

    Babson Capital offers exciting career opportunities in four continents. Our major offices are located in:
    • Boston, MA
    • Charlotte, NC
    • New York, NY
    • Springfield, MA
    • London, UK (Babson Capital Europe Limited)
    • Sydney and Melbourne Australia - Babson Capital Australia
    • Tokyo, Japan - Babson Capital Japan
    • Hong Kong, China - Babson Capital Cornerstone Asia
    Regional offices located are located in Los Angeles, CA, and Foxborough, MA. 
    We succeed at attracting talented people through flexible benefit plans and a generous compensation program including market-based salaries, incentive and bonus plans and other features to reward contributions to the company’s success.
    If you are interested in joining an global investment organization committed to unquestioned integrity and service excellence, please see our current opportunities to find a listing of open positions.

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    OppenheimerFunds, Inc. has been helping investors achieve their goals since 1960. One of the nation's largest and most respected asset management companies, OppenheimerFunds and its controlled affiliates offer a broad range of products and services to individuals, corporations and institutions, including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, investment management for institutions, qualified retirement plans and sub-advisory investment management services.

    Baring Asset Management

    Baring Asset Management is a global investment management firm providing asset management services within developed and emerging equity and bond markets on behalf of institutional, retail and private clients worldwide.

    Wood Creek Capital Management

    Wood Creek Capital is an investment management firm focusing on real asset investments, including Global Agricultural Resources, Intellectual Property, Tangible Assets, Pharma and Reinsurance. With over $500 million in assets under management, Wood Creek is the leading asset manager in niche tangible assets, offering a unique position on the growth of this sector as an investment destination.

    Cornerstone Advisers

    One of the world's largest and most diverse real estate investment organizations, the Hartford, Conn-based firm provides expertise in real estate equity and debt in both public and private markets through open- and close-end funds, separate accounts, co-investments programs and mutual funds.

    Babson Capital Europe Ltd.

    Babson Capital Europe offers experienced and expert management of sub-investment grade credit portfolios within the European leveraged buyout (LBO) market, specializing in senior secured loans, mezzanine loans and LBO related high yield bonds. With €6.3 billion in assets under management (06/30/2011), Babson Capital Europe is a market leader and one of the largest European sub-investment grade credit fund managers.


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    Babson Capital is a global investment management organization that manages over $137 billion.  Our goal is simple – to provide our clients with advanced investment solutions and the highest level of service.  With offices on four continents, we offer clients access to investment opportunities around the globe and across the investment universe – providing uniquely tailored investment strategies – and an open door to our talented professionals.  It’s a partnership that drives success.
    Our investment strategies are grounded in a rigorous research process, consistent risk controls and an unwavering commitment to our clients.  And with over 800 employees committed to ensuring that these tenets are always at the fore, our clients benefit from far-reaching resources and extensive expertise.
    More than investing. Invested.
    At Babson Capital, we have a passion for what we do. Our dedication to our investment philosophy and our commitment to our clients means we:
    • Believe there is no substitute for integrity
    • Embrace transparency of information and open, honest communication with our clients, doing everything we can to make it easy for them to do business with us
    • Base our investment decisions and an unwavering commitment to fundamental, bottom-up analysis on what is ultimately in the best interest of our clients
    • Maintain a long-range view on delivering value with an attractive risk/reward profile.
    "More than investing. Invested." means we are focused on building relationships versus simply completing transactions.

    All of the above information as of September 30, 2011. Assets include Babson Capital Management LLC and its subsidiaries Babson Capital Europe Limited and Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers.