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The Morning Leverage: KKR Plays in the Sand
A roundup of the morning's private equity-related news.

After El Pollo Loco’s Big Debut, Are Consumer IPOs Set To Go Crazy?
Shares of Mexican restaurant chain El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. flew the coop following its initial public offering Thursday, jumping 60% in first-day trading. Does it portend a revival for companies that rely on consumer spending?

Apis Launches Emerging Market Fintech Fund
Apis Partners is aiming to raise between $250 million and $300 million to invest in financial and business services firms in Asia and Africa that seek to open up banking to people through new technology.

Committed: The Weekly LP Update
The Indiana Public Retirement System launched a private equity co-investments program and plans to make one to three co-investments of about $25 million each a year.

Firms Say New SEC Scrutiny May Further Complicate Co-Investments
Facing scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission on co-investment opportunities, PE firms caution that additional regulation could pose more challenges to a process that already is difficult to streamline.

The Morning Leverage: SFW Sheds Software Business for Three-Times Return
A roundup of private equity-related news.

KKR Preps Spate of New Funds
KKR is in early stages of marketing or preparing follow-ups for a number of its different strategies, including sophomore infrastructure, direct lending and special situations funds.

SodaStream Pops on Buyout Chatter
Shares of SodaStream International Ltd., the in-home carbonator, were halted Thursday after rising more than 17% on reports of a possible buyout. Bloomberg News reported that SodaStream is in talks with a private equity firm about a possible buyout at $40 per share. That's roughly 38% above SodaStream's closing price Wednesday of $28.90.

How Skimping on CEO Pay Can Drive Public Company Underperformance
Compensation constraints at public companies could be helping undermine performance, say some experienced boardroom figures who note that private equity, free from public pressure on its pay practices, outperforms public markets.

The Morning Leverage: Carlyle Secures 3x Return on Cosmetics Investment
A roundup of private equity-related news.

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