Reuters HK – David Bonderman, one of the the most influential figures in the U.S. private equity industry, said on Thursday his firm, buyout giant TPG Capital TPG.UL, wanted to buy debt assets offloaded by troubled hedge funds.
Bonderman, speaking at the Asian Venture Capital Journal (AVCJ) conference, also said a global recession would be deep and prolonged, and the U.S. housing market would probably fall further.
"When people are giving you debt that is grossly mis-priced, you opt to take it," he said at the conference in Hong Kong.
Volatile markets have forced hedge funds to sell off assets and securities to pay back investors who are keen to scale back on risk and hold cash.
But private equity firms typically have long-term investors, with up to 10-year lock-up periods.