By Jessica Toonkel
NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - EIG Global Energy Partners LLC
has agreed to drop its opposition of the sale of its former
parent, asset manager TCW Group Inc, to private equity firm
Carlyle Group, marking the end of a four-month legal
Under an agreement announced on Wednesday, EIG, a manager of
$10.3 billion in energy investments that was spun off from TCW
in 2011, is acquiring TCW's economic interests in any new funds
EIG introduces in the future and will no longer make payments to
TCW on those funds, according to a statement released Wednesday.
"We are supportive of TCW's acquisition by Carlyle and TCW
management and will assist in its completion," said Blair
Thomas, EIG founder, in the statement announcing the agreement.
"This completes our consensual spin-off form TCW, begun two
years ago, and we are excited to move forward as a fully
An EIG spokeswoman did not return a call asking about the
details of the agreement. Spokesmen for TCW and Carlyle declined
In August, Carlyle said it was buying a majority stake in TCW
from Societe Generale, with the rest of the firm going
to management. But days after the deal was announced EIG filed a
suit against its former parent, opposing the sale.
The suit claimed the deal violated a stipulation of its
agreement with TCW that TCW would not compete with EIG. Like
EIG, Carlyle has energy-focused buyout funds.
In December, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that the
deal could proceed, but she ordered the creation of a special
trust to house payments that EIG had been making to TCW under
their spin-off agreement, pending an arbitration hearing.
That hearing was scheduled for Jan. 28, according to a
person familiar with the situation, who wished to remain
anonymous because that person was not allowed to talk to the
The judge's decision to separate EIG's payments into a
special trust outside of TCW, raised questions about whether
Carlyle's acquisition of the $138 billion firm would be as
lucrative as initially hoped.
At least a sixth of TCW's profit stems from those payments,
according to TCW December 2012 documents to lenders viewed by
But under the terms of the agreement announced Wednesday,
EIG will continue making payments to TCW on its existing funds.
EIG pays TCW 33 percent of its management fees on existing
funds, according to the documents to lenders.
However, the firm is acquiring TCW's stake in new funds it
introduces in the future and will no longer have to make
payments on those funds. Under the original agreement with TCW,
TCW was supposed to receive 20 percent of EIG's fees on future
funds, according to the documents for lenders reviewed by
Reuters. The terms of EIG's acquisition of TCW's economic
interest in new funds were not disclosed.
"The agreement protects the interests of investors in the
Energy Funds, allows TCW to maintain its economic interest in
existing funds, and guarantees EIG's investment team will
continue to manage the funds as it has in the past."
The TCW-Carlyle deal is expected to close in the "near
future," according to the press release.
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