Dell has announced it will go private in a deal that values the publicly traded company at $24.4 billion, marking the largest private equity deal to be struck since the credit crisis of 2007. Silver Lake Partners, the private equity firm, as well as Michael Dell and the firm that manages his net worth, MSD Capital, are the acquirers. A $2 billion loan will be provided by Microsoft despite fears by many of a conflict of interest inherent the relationship. [Source: Fortune, Dell]