Bloomberg Law
July 2, 2020, 3:55 PM

Rescue Cash Too Hot for KKR Proves Irresistible to Many PE Peers

Heather Perlberg
Heather Perlberg
Bloomberg News

Even inside battle-scarred KKR & Co., entering the political fray was enough to stoke unease.

As several of the private equity titan’s portfolio companies got loans from an emergency U.S. program aimed at helping small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, executives at the firm’s New York headquarters issued a blunt message: Return the money to taxpayers.

Yet across the cash-rich private equity world, many firms pushed ahead, benefiting from the $669 billion Paycheck Protection Program run by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, according to lawyers and lenders with knowledge of the strategies. Now, some of those firms ...

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