JPMorgan, BofAML, Citi Lead Blackstone Financing for Thomson Reuters Buy

Reuters reported that JPMorgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup are leading a syndicate of more than 20 banks that have been invited to underwrite Blackstone’s acquisition of a majority stake in Thompson Reuters’ Financial and Risk unit.

First Eagle Investment to Acquire NewStar Financial

First Eagle Investment Management will acquire NewStar Financial. In a related transaction, NewStar will sell a portfolio of assets, including $2.4 billion of middle-market loans, to a fund sponsored by GSO Capital Partners. To support the transaction, Wells Fargo is providing an up to $1.85 billion ABL revolver to GSO.

Samson Working With KKR, Blackstone Restructuring Advisors

Samson Resources is reportedly working with restructuring advisers, as a sharp decline in oil and gas prices complicates its efforts to stem losses and handle its multibillion-dollar debt load.

Reuters: Blackstone, Goldman Sachs to Buy KKR’s Ipreo

Reuters reported Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs Group’s buyout arm said they agreed to acquire Ipreo Holdings from KKR.

Moelis & Co Advises Crocs on $200MM Blackstone Investment

Reuters reported that Crocs said Blackstone Group is making a $200 million investment that will give the private equity firm a 13% stake in the company. Moelis & Co acted as financial advisor, and Perkins Coie provided legal counsel for Crocs.

Blackstone Said to Acquire GE Capital R/E for $2.7 Billion

Bloomberg reported that the Blackstone Group has agreed to buy 80 U.S. apartment properties from GE Capital for about $2.7 billion.

Blackstone Withdraws Dell Bid Amid Worsening PC Slump

Bloomberg reported that the Blackstone Group pulled out of bidding for Dell amid concerns about a worsening global PC slump, taking pressure off Michael Dell to sweeten his original buyout offer.