Prisma In Talks To Sell Stake To KKR

May 16 2012 | 12:41pm ET

Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts may buy its way into the fund of hedge funds business.

KKR is in talks with Prisma Capital Partners about buying a stake in the New York-based firm, The New York Times reports. It is unclear how large a stake KKR is seeking in the ongoing talks, or whether a deal was imminent.

Prisma has some $8 billion in assets under management. The firm was founded by former Goldman Sachs alumni in 2004 to buy the hedge fund division of Dutch insurer Aegon's AEGON USA Investment Management.

A deal would give Prisma access to KKR's investors. For KKR, adding Prisma would be a first step towards challenging rival Blackstone Group in funds of funds; Blackstone has almost $40 billion in fund of funds assets.

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