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US wants to tie finance exec pay to risk, PE is vying to get in on low-risk lending, Credit Suisse’s final CEO will depart UBS, banks are seeing lower loan demand, active managers are losing out to index trackers, and MrBeast split from his talent agent.

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US wants to tie finance exec pay to risk, PE is vying to get in on low-risk lending, Credit Suisse’s final CEO will depart UBS, banks are seeing lower loan demand, active managers are losing out to index trackers, and MrBeast split from his talent agent.

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Before The Bell

As of 05/06/2024 market close.


  • US stocks advanced yesterday to build on previous session gains as traders lifted Fed rate cut expectations


  • Palantir beat Q1 revenue estimates and met on earnings thanks to remarkable success in marketing its AI products but nonetheless issued weak FY guidance (CNBC

  • Spirit Airlines fell ~10% after reporting a larger-than-expected Q1 loss and forecasting a Q2 loss citing grounding of jets and bloated industry capacity (RT

  • Lucid beat Q1 revenue estimates as price cuts boosted sales but reiterated below forecast FY production (RT

  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Today: Walt Disney, Rivian, Reddit

    • Wednesday: Uber, Toyota, Airbnb, Shopify, Robinhood

    • Thursday: Warner Bros Discovery

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Regulators resume plan to make finance exec pay more sensitive to risk (RT)

  • PE steps up plans to edge banks out of low-risk lending (FT)

  • Last Credit Suisse CEO Ulrich Körner will depart UBS (FT)

  • Macquarie CEO sees deal volumes rising as confidence returns (BBG)

  • ECB grows more confident about cutting rates (RT)

  • At $2M/min, treasuries mint cash like never before (BBG)

  • US active mutual funds are losing out to index trackers (FT)

  • US banks report weaker loan demand (RT)

  • Cerberus eyes India private credit growth as shadow banks retreat (BBG)

  • Medicare insurance fund extends viability to 2036 (BBG)

  • Citigroup CEO sees low-income consumers turning extra cautious (CNBC)

  • Nomura targets 20% revenue growth from global markets arm (BBG)

  • Warren Buffett's fans plot their own course for when he leaves (RT)

  • Goldman criminal case over 1MDB formally ends (RT)

  • FAA opened a new Boeing inquiry (WSJ)

  • Global housing shortages are crushing immigration-fueled growth (BBG)

  • MrBeast splits from talent agent (BBG)

  • Hamas accepted a Gaza ceasefire proposal (AP)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Spain-based lender Banco Sabadell rejected a $12.9B takeover proposal from larger rival BBVA (FT

  • Global Infrastructure Partners and Canada's CPPIB will acquire utility Allete in a  ~$3.9B cash deal (BBG

  • EQT agreed to buy technology consultant Perficient in a cash deal worth $3B, including debt (BBG

  • PE firms Clearlake Capital and Francisco Partners will acquire chip-design company Synopsys’ software integrity business for up to $2.1B in cash (BBG

  • ADNOC will walk away from its $2.1B offer for a stake in troubled Brazilian petrochemicals company Braskem (BBG

  • Brookfield Asset Management will invest $1.5B in Castlelake for a majority share of the private debt firm’s fee-related earnings (BBG

  • KKR will acquire Indian medical device maker Healthium Medtech from PE firm Apax Partners in a ~$1B deal (BBG

  • Saudi Aramco is in talks to acquire Shell's Malaysia gas station business in a potential ~$1B deal (RT

  • Blue Owl Capital is nearing a deal to acquire a minority stake in healthcare-focused PE firm Linden Capital Partners (BBG


  • UK AI-powered self-driving startup Wayve raised a $1.05B Series C led by SoftBank (TC)

  • Apple cofounder Wozniak's space data startup Privateer raised a $56.5M Series A led by Aero X Ventures (RT)

  • Japanese manga localization startup Orange raised a $19.5M pre-Series A led by Shogakukan, Globis Capital Partners, and others (PRN)

  • Anetac, a startup protecting against service account attacks in hybrid environments, raised $16M in funding led by Liberty Global (BW)

  • Opmed.ai, an AI optimization platform for healthcare, raised a $15M Series A led by NFX and Grove Ventures (FN)

  • Mother Science, a biotech beauty brand, raised a $3.5M round led by Greycroft (VC)

  • Bitcoin mining infrastructure provider GoMining raised $3M from Bitscale Capital (FN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • GM-backed Chinese self-driving firm Momenta confidentially filed for a US IPO to raise up to $300M (BBG


  • Morgan Stanley and Barclays are preparing a WBS debt package to finance Roark Capital's $9.6B LBO of Subway (BBG

  • Texas burger chain Whataburger launched a $2.7B leveraged loan offering to reprice existing debt and redeem preferred equity (BBG

  • Spanish lender CaixaBank is exploring a sale of $1.2B in non-performing loans (BBG

  • Adani unit Dhamra LNG Terminal is seeking a ~$600M offshore loan to refinance existing debt  (BBG

  • Banks including Barclays and UniCredit are lining up $538M in debt financing to back L Catterton’s purchase of a majority stake in Italian beauty brand Kiko (BBG)

  • Banks including Citigroup and JPMorgan kicked off a $500M bond deal to support CD&R’s planned purchase of a majority stake in tech-services company Presidio (BBG

Bankruptcy / Restructuring

  • Creditors including HF Arini are set to take control of building materials firm Consolis from Bain Capital in a debt restructuring to slash $323M of net debt (BBG

  • Steward Health Care System, the largest US physician-owned hospital operator, filed for one of the largest Chapter 11 hospital bankruptcies in decades (WSJ

  • Bill Gates-backed liquid metal battery developer Ambri filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with plans to sell itself (WSJ

  • Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky and David Layani’s OnePoint submitted offers to rescue embattled French tech company Atos (BBG


  • MM PE firm Palm Beach Capital closed its sixth fund at over $350M (FN)

Crypto Corner

  • SEC warned Robinhood of an enforcement action over its crypto business (BBG

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