Can Barings Bear the Heat

40 high-profile traders from Citadel and others are expected to debut their own funds this year, BOJ entered a new regime of monetary policy today, PE is seeking help from private credit, the corporate bond rush is defying high rate fears, and the Corinthia-Barings drama might just make for a thriller movie.

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40 high-profile traders from Citadel and others are expected to debut their own funds this year, BOJ entered a new regime of monetary policy today, PE is seeking help from private credit, the corporate bond rush is defying high rate fears, and the Corinthia-Barings drama might just make for a thriller movie.

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Before The Bell

As of 03/18/2024 market close.


  • All three major US indexes rose yesterday as investors prepared for an important week in global monetary policy updates

    • The S&P snapped a three-day losing streak

    • 24 S&P stocks hit new all-time highs

  • US 2Y and 5Y yields climbed to the highest levels since December

  • Oil prices climbed ~2% to a four-month high

  • Swaps traders are pricing in a < 50% chance of a June rate cut


  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Wednesday: Micron, General Mills, Chewy

    • Thursday: FedEx, Nike, Lululemon, Accenture

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Corinthia poached 20+ leaders from Barings' private credit team; Barings sued (BBG)

  • Corinthia eyes Barings' assets after poaching 20+ employees (BBG)

  • Barings pauses new private credit deals after facing mega corporate raid (BBG)

  • 40 PMs from Citadel, Oaktree, others line up hedge fund launches for 2024 (RT)

  • BOJ ended YCC and raised rates for first time in 17 years (CNBC)

  • PE firms stuck with old assets tap private credit for help (BBG)

  • Corporate bond rush is defying high-rate refinancing fears (BBG)

  • Bond vigilantes snooze as Treasury market shrugs off vast US borrowing (FT)

  • Treasury ETF hit by record losing streak, $2B of outflows (BBG)

  • Commodity traders are sitting on $120B in cash after years of record profits (FT)

  • Hedge funds buy largest bulk of bank stocks in a year (RT)

  • Hedge fund groups sue SEC over broker-dealer rule (FT)

  • Super Micro Computer joined the S&P 500 (RT)

  • Apple is in talks to let Google Gemini power iPhone AI features (BBG)

  • Musk defends his ketamine use as beneficial for investors (RT)

  • Berkshire Hathaway speeds up stock buybacks (RT)

  • Saudi Aramco CEO says energy transition is failing (CNBC)

  • European patent applications hit record high in 2023 (RT)

  • Goldman veteran Stephanie Cohen resigned in latest senior exit (RT)

  • Evergrande was accused of falsifying revenue by $78B (BBG)

  • College graduates enter cooling job market (WSJ)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • State-backed Japan Investment Corp. will launch a $6B tender offer for chipmaking materials firm JSR Corp. today (BBG)

  • CVC Capital Partners is exploring options including a sale of Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, a Spanish private university that could be valued at as much as $2.2B (BBG

  • Selena Gomez hired advisors to weigh offers looking to invest in or acquire her $2B cosmetics company Rare Beauty (BBG

  • PE giant Carlyle will enter advanced talks to acquire a majority stake in Thyssenkrupp's naval shipbuilding unit in a $1.6B deal, including debt (BBG)

  • Australia cement firm Boral urged shareholders to reject its largest shareholder Seven Group Holdings' $1.3B offer for the company (RT

  • Telecom Italia may sell assets worth ~$1.1B, including its stake in ~$238M-valued mobile tower operator Inwit, to reduce debt (BBG)

  • Chinese conglomerate Fosun International is open to a sale of its remaining stake in Portugal bank Millennium worth ~$910M (RT

  • LNG developer Tellurian, which has a $574M market cap, is exploring options including a potential sale (RT

  • French PE firm PAI Partners will buy a 51% stake in professional hair products maker Beautynova from PE firm Bluegem for $359M (FT

  • Australia-listed hedge fund GQG Partners acquired stakes in three PE firms for $71M (PI)

  • Vietnam conglomerate Vingroup will sell a 41.5% stake in Vincom Retail and will retain an 18.8% stake (BBG)

  • Shell plans to divest 1k retail sites in shift to EV charging (BBG)

  • Soho House & Co. jumped 21% on news of progress regarding a go-private deal (BBG)

  • Shift4 Payments said PE take-private bids failed to sufficiently value the payments firm (BBG)

  • British insurer Legal & General is lining up investment bank Rothschild for a potential sale of its housebuilder arm Cala (RT

  • CarelonRx, a unit of US health insurer Elevance Health, agreed to acquire Kroger’s specialty pharma business for undisclosed terms (RT


  • BigID, an AI-based data security and privacy platform, raised a $60M growth round at a $1B+ valuation led by Riverwood Capital (PRN)

  • Figure Technologies, a decentralized custody crypto exchange and blockchain-native security marketplace, raised a $60M Series A led by Jump Crypto, Pantera Capital, and Lightspeed Faction (BW)

  • Carlsmed, a personalized surgery medtech company, raised a $52.5M Series C led by B Capital and US Venture Partners (BW)

  • Payments automation platform FlexPoint raised $35M in debt / equity: $5M in equity led by Haymaker Ventures and a $30M credit facility from Tacora Capital (BW)

  • Journey management platform TheyDo raised a $34M round led by Blossom Capital (FN)

  • Poseidon, a startup building technology for aquaculture, raised a $20.8M Series B led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund (BW)

  • Superlinked, a startup providing a solution for turning complex data into vector embeddings, raised a $9.5M seed round led by Index Ventures (FN)

  • Nigerian fintech Zone raised an $8.5M seed round led by Flourish Ventures and TLcom Capital (TC)

  • Cache, a startup building a brokerage specifically for large stock positions, raised an $8.5M seed round led by First Round Capital and Quiet Capital (FN)

  • Neupulse, a startup building a wearable device to help those with Tourette’s, raised a $3.2M seed round led by Eos Advisory (BW)

  • Synch, a provider of an integrated global trade management solution, raised a $3M seed round led by AltCap and Haystack (FN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Edtech and publishing firm Encyclopaedia Britannica is seeking a $1B valuation in its potential June IPO (BBG)

  • Indian conglomerate Tata is seeking to raise over $1.1B via a share sale in their Tata Consultancy Services software services unit (BBG)

  • Intel-backed semiconductor connectivity company Astera Labs raised the size of its planned IPO by 26%, seeking to now raise over $673M (BBG)

  • Oman Investment Authority plans to IPO its logistics firm Asyad Group (BBG)

  • Alibaba-backed logistics provider Ninja Van put off plans for an IPO until profitability improves (BBG)

  • Occupational health services provider Concentra Group, a unit of Select Medical confidentially filed for a US IPO (RT


  • UK defense company BAE Systems is seeking to raise $4B to refinance a bridge loan it used to acquire Ball Aerospace (BBG)

  • A consortium led by Golden Energy and Resources is seeking private credit and bank lending to finance its $1.65B acquisition of coal mine Illawarra Metallurgical Coal from Australia-based South32 (BBG)

  • Messaging platform Telegram raised $330M in a bond sale last week (RT)

Bankruptcy / Restructuring / Distressed

  • Swiss logistics firm and Signa Prime-shareholder Kuehne, and some banks, are considering an emergency loan of over $109M to buy time as Signa Prime creditors meet to discuss its restructuring plan (BBG)

  • Signa lenders including banks, insurers and SWFs, backed a proposal for Signa to sell off assets to recoup ~30% of their money (BBG)

  • Crafts retailer Joann filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (AP)

Crypto Corner

  • Binance Labs spins off as independent $10B VC fund (BBG)

  • Bakkt named a new CEO as the NYSE threatens to delist the crypto exchange (BBG

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