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Impure medicine

27 April 2017 By Lauren Silva Laughlin

Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman are swapping stakes in drug tester PPD while increasing its paper value 2.5 times, to $9 bln. The firm’s growth may justify the valuation but shuffling buyouts is opaque and can harm returns. As fund-to-fund deals grow, this risk will loom larger.

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