From Around The Web

* The blowout private-equity confab, SuperReturn, is underway in Berlin, Germany, and Business Insider was on the ground to document the opening day.

* Just before kickoff, attendees were hit with news that would hang over the day’s events: reports that coronavirus was spreading, with more than 80,000 people infected, and a Bain & Co report that US private equity returns essentially matched US stocks the past decade.

* Kewsong Lee, co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, said that his firm was monitoring portfolio companies and doing everything it can to help its employees through the coronavirus scare, but expressed optimism as well.

* There was also industry chatter about what might happen as we reach a late economic cycle, and how private-equity firms are positioning themselves for a downturn.

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