Japan's Ltcb: What A Coup And What A Risk

Can a U.S. equity fund turn the busted bank into a moneymaker?

Ripplewood Holdings is scarcely a household name in the U.S.--let alone Japan. Since its 1995 launch by former Lazard Freres & Co. investment banker Timothy C. Collins, the New York buyout specialist and private equity fund with $430 million under management has stuck to small quarry in the U.S., investing in everything from an English muffin maker to an Atlanta auto dealership and a children's magazine.

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