Hedge funds shut out as banks win IMO

Times Online – A group of banks that financed the £450 million leveraged buy-out (LBO) of car wash group IMO will take control of the struggling business leaving a rival group of hedge fund investors with nothing.

In a High Court decision that lawyers say will damage hedge funds’ interests in dozens of ailing private equity deals, a judge awarded 100 per cent of IMO’s equity to the banks, led by HBOS.

The hedge funds, which also lent money to back the 2006 buy-out, argued that they were entitled to some equity in the business, which is being restructured after defaulting on its debts in March.

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