New buyout deals give shareholders an opportunity to stay in the game

New buyout deals give shareholders an opportunity to stay in the game

The unprecedented wheeling and dealing among private-equity players in the restaurant industry has had me wondering for some time now, how can I get in on the action?

Well, quite simply, I can’t.

I can’t own any restaurant stocks; it would be a conflict of interest. Even if I could, I still wouldn’t be able to enjoy the billion-dollar deals making some private-equity executives and restaurant owners very rich—and that would bother me if I were a shareholder.

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