Author Archives: Katie Benner
  • Cyberdefense: A new opportunity for investors

    Budget cuts loom for traditional military contractors - but electronic-security companies will flourish.

    FORTUNE -- It's no secret that the Defense Department faces draconian budget cuts if Congress can't avoid its latest standoff by March. Between that and the winding down of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, defense companies have been facing a relatively lean future, and those stocks have lagged the S&P 500 (SPX) for the past year.

    But even as troops come MORE

    - Feb 20, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • LionTree roars with Liberty-Virgin deal

    With the Liberty Global deal for Virgin Media, Aryeh Bourkoff's boutique firm takes the spotlight.

    FORTUNE -- Liberty Global's $23.3 billion agreement to acquire Virgin Media has thrust little-known investment advisor LionTree into the spotlight, giving it a place among the likes of Goldman Sachs (GS) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM).

    LionTree was the lead advisor to Liberty (LBTYA) on its bid for Virgin (VMED), which by any measure was a very big deal. Liberty-Virgin would be MORE

    - Feb 7, 2013 8:37 AM ET
  • Liberty Global to buy UK's Virgin Media

    Deal marks the second mega-buyout this week, expands John Malone's empire

    FORTUNE -- Liberty Global (LBTYA) today agreed to acquire UK- based cable company Virgin Media (VMED) for $23.3 billion, a move that signals the market is willing to support big, high-price deals and also creates one of the world's largest broadband communications companies.

    Liberty's announcement about the acquisition was released just hours after computer maker Dell Inc. (DELL) said it was being MORE

    - Feb 5, 2013 9:20 PM ET
  • Can private equity solve Dell's dilemma?

    If Michael Dell keeps control, what is the point of going private?

    FORTUNE -- Details continue to leak about a possible leveraged buyout of Dell Inc. (DELL), the once high-flying computer maker that has fallen on hard times.

    Initial reports late Monday were that private equity firms Silver Lake Partners and TPG Capital both were in talks with Dell, but Fortune has learned from multiple sources that each firm was working independently MORE

    - Jan 16, 2013 6:39 AM ET
  • Happy holidays from First Round Capital

    Nothing says Festivus like, "Hot deal, price explosion. Look at all these term sheets baby…"

    FORTUNE -- From First Round Capital comes the gazillionth Call Me Maybe parody (and let's not forget Psy…)

    I rib them with love, of course, for the firm has invested in some of my favorite brands, including Warby Parker, (the Gwyneth Paltrow approved) Birch Box, ModCloth, and Refinery29. Not to mention TaskRabbit, StumbleUpon, and Uber.

    This year's video MORE

    - Dec 19, 2012 1:58 PM ET
  • 23andMe wants to change the face of health care

    Anne Wojcicki wants to change the face of health care, and she believes that with the latest round of fundraising for her company 23andMe she can do just that.

    FORTUNE -- 23andMe, the personal genetics company founded by Anne Wojcicki, has raised $50 million in Series D financing from investors including Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner, Wojcicki and her husband Google co-founder Sergey Brin, New Enterprise Associates, MPM Capital, and Google MORE

    - Dec 12, 2012 11:35 AM ET
  • BlackRock's new bond plan

    The giant asset manager has a new approach that is paying off for buyers and sellers.

    FORTUNE – When Zayo Group, a telecom infrastructure provider in Louisville, Colo., needed to raise $1.5 billion this summer after an acquisition, it faced a horrible climate for issuing high-yield bonds. Interest rates on junk had jumped due to the latest turmoil in Europe, making borrowing much more costly.

    But Zayo didn't have to pay sky-high MORE

    - Nov 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • A who's who of Steve Cohen's web

    As the government gets closer to tying the hedge fund manager to insider trading, here's a look at the past and present SAC employees who've been taken down by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.

    FORTUNE -- The government has yet to accuse SAC Capital founder Steve Cohen of a crime, but on Tuesday Cohen was directly tied to an insider trading scheme for the first time as part of a case MORE

    - Nov 21, 2012 9:24 AM ET
  • Occupy Wall Street: The rebels found their cause

    A year after Occupy Wall Street was removed from Zuccotti Park, offshoots Strike Debt and Occupy Sandy are making waves in debt and hurricane relief.

    FORTUNE -- Occupy Wall Street -- the movement of the 99% -- had supposedly petered out this summer. At best, it was regarded as a grassroots hodge podge that forced a national conversation about economic inequality. At worst, it was written off as an angry mob MORE

    - Nov 14, 2012 9:58 AM ET
  • Nick Leopard: Wall Street's new 'It' Guy

    The precocious CEO of consulting firm Accordion Partners is the first call of private equity executives when they need help quick.

    FORTUNE -- Pam Hendrickson needed reinforcements. Recently the chief operating officer of the Riverside Co., a private equity firm that owns more than 80 companies on four continents with combined sales of $3.2 billion, was trying to deliver a five-year budget for all of Riverside's operations. She found herself shorthanded MORE

    - Oct 30, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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Katie Benner
Katie Benner
Writer, Fortune

Katie Benner joined Fortune in October 2006. As a writer for the magazine and the website, she focuses on Wall Street and the economy. Prior to joining Fortune, Benner worked at, CNNMoney, and as a freelancer in Beijing for China International Business, the South China Morning Post, and as a columnist for Beijing Review. She has a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College.

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