A $500 million mutual fund is set to win a $2.5 billion deal from Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the largest private equity firms in the world, according to people familiar with the matter.
The deal would be the first time a major investor in Berkshire Hathaways funds would get a stake in a major U.S. asset class, according the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
Vanguard, the world’s largest asset management company, plans to invest in the mutual fund in its own funds, and the fund would be part of the Berkshire Hathans portfolio, the people said.
The fund will be based in Omaha, Nebraska, the same city as Berkshire Hathings headquarters.
The fund, called the MHP (Misc.
Hedging, Multi-Asset Fund), is expected to invest roughly $400 million, the two people said, adding that the fund is not expected to go public.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Berkshire Hathams Chief Executive Warren Buffett has been a strong advocate of hedge funds and other institutional investors, including mutual funds.
The firm has long backed more mainstream fund managers such as BlackRock Inc., a U.K.-based investment firm that focuses on emerging markets and technology companies.
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