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Tech Mega-Buyouts Edge Toward Comeback as BMC, CA Plot Deal

  • Software firms said to weigh deal to combine, take CA private
  • Private equity firms have about $600 billion of dry powder
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Goldman's Cohen Says PE Dry Powder Higher Than in 2007

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Four years after Blackstone Group LP and Silver Lake Management battled to take Dell Inc. private, buyout firms are back in the market for big leveraged technology deals.

BMC Software Inc., owned by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital, and CA Inc. are considering a potential deal that would see the software companies combine as part of a transaction to take CA private, according to people familiar with the process. CA shares rose as much as 16 percent Tuesday, valuing the New York-based company at more than $15 billion.