Blackstone Solicits Partners for Dell Bid

Blackstone Group LP is talking to several technology companies about potentially joining its bid to take computer maker Dell Inc. private, people familiar with the matter said.

Any technology firm that joins the private-equity giant’s potential bid for Dell would likely be involved in the company’s strategic direction as well as having a financial role, the people said. Blackstone has discussed a number of scenarios with prospective partners, including an equity stake, debt financing or a combination of the two, one of the people said.

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