Blackstone exec called KKR's HCA purchase 'highway robbery'

New revelations from a lawsuit accusing top private-equity firms of working together to keep down the prices of many of last decade's biggest buyouts include details on communications about the bidding for HCA Holdings. When the action for Nashville's largest company began to heat up, an executive at Carlyle Group emailed a counterpart at KKR that his team would "not in any way interfere with your deal." Elsewhere in the unsealed emails, Tom Hals and Michael Erman found a rare instance of dissent against the alleged collusion: "An unnamed Blackstone executive wrote in an internal email: '[the HCA] deal represents good value and is a shame we let KKR get away with highway robbery.'"

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