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Two equity firms buy Lehman’s money management unit

International Herald Tribune – Lehman Brothers said Monday that it would sell for $2.15 billion much of its money management business, including its prized Neuberger Berman asset management unit, to Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman.

The sale of the business, more than a month in the making, has been among the biggest outstanding issues for Lehman, which filed for bankruptcy protection two weeks ago. Barclays of Britain bought Lehman’s United States capital markets division. Nomura Holdings of Japan is buying many of Lehman’s assets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Before Lehman collapsed, it had proposed selling off a major stake in its investment management division, which includes Neuberger, as an integral part of a self-help plan. Then, it expected to fetch bids that would have valued the unit as high as $7 billion.

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