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    1. September 21, 2014

      EE and Dixons Carphone poised to acquire parts of Phones 4U

      More Phones 4U stores are set to be rescued as EE and Dixons Carphone closed in on deals to take over parts of the collapsed...

    2. September 21, 2014

      Private equity, not the mobile, killed Phones 4U

      When a high street chain falls down dead, it is never long before the accusations of murder start to fly. Last week, after...

    1. September 19, 2014

      When buying bonds can damage your wealth

      Buying bonds can damage your wealth. Buying junk bonds . . . well, what does it say on the label? The buyers of the bonds...

    2. September 18, 2014

      Blow to Phones 4U debt-for-equity swap

      Plans for a debt-for-equity swap by the bondholders in Phones 4U have been dealt a blow after the retailer’s administrator...

    3. September 16, 2014

      Operators in talks to acquire Phones 4U

      Two of the mobile operators that contributed to the demise of Phones 4U by withdrawing their business in the past few weeks...

    4. September 15, 2014

      Phones 4U founder calls for probe

      John Caudwell, the outspoken founder of Phones 4U, has called for the markets regulator to investigate whether the “bully...

    5. September 15, 2014

      Accusations fly after Phones 4U collapse

      The abrupt collapse of Phones 4U, the British high street retailer founded by entrepreneur John Caudwell, has sparked a...

    6. September 15, 2014

      Q&A: The demise of Phones 4U

      Why has Phones 4U collapsed? The withdrawal of telecoms operators EE and Vodafone in recent weeks left Phones 4U with no...

    7. September 15, 2014

      Tough questions over Phones 4U merit proper answers

      For John Caudwell to accuse Vodafone of ruthlessness in dropping retail distributor Phones4U is rather like Genghis Khan...

    8. September 15, 2014

      Junk 4 U

      It’s sad to see any business file for administration. Still, with the fall of Phones4U, you could argue that the days of...

    9. September 14, 2014

      Phones 4U owner clashes with mobile groups Vodafone and EE

      The abrupt failure at Phones 4U, the British retailer founded by entrepreneur John Caudwell, has sparked a heated blame game...

    10. September 5, 2014

      BC Partners cuts Foxtons stake as private equity groups sell up

      BC Partners has sold half of its remaining 14 per cent stake in London-listed estate agent Foxtons – becoming the latest...

    11. September 1, 2014

      Phones 4U loses contract with Vodafone

      Phones 4U, the British phone retailer which is controlled by BC Partners, the private equity group, stands to lose a major...

    12. June 5, 2014

      Henkel seeks Spotless performance after €940m laundry brands deal

      Henkel has agreed to pay €940m for French laundry and cleaning products company Spotless, in further evidence that the...

    13. June 3, 2014

      Canny marketeers at Foxtons ride London’s house price boom

      Its green liveried Mini Coopers are just the most visible sign of estate agent Foxtons’ ascent to become one of Britain’s...

    14. May 16, 2014

      Phones 4U valuation hit by Dixons-Carphone Warehouse merger

      The private equity backer of Phones 4U has written down the value of its residual investment in the mobile phone retailer by...

    15. April 13, 2014

      Germany’s Symrise wins battle for French foodmaker Diana

      Symrise, a listed German aroma chemicals maker, has won a battle for French food ingredients maker Diana, agreeing a deal...

    16. April 2, 2014

      Applus chooses Spanish IPO over private equity bid

      Spanish certification company Applus is to list on Spain’s main stock exchanges seven years after being purchased by US...

    17. March 30, 2014

      Private equity bonanza fails to materialise

      The holy trinity of abundant credit, buoyant stock markets and mounting cash piles in buyout funds has not yet translated...

    18. February 21, 2014

      Tesco seeks to reduce exposure to Turkey

      Tesco is eyeing a deal to reduce its exposure to Turkey, as it prepares to sharpen its prices to turn round its struggling...

    19. January 22, 2014

      Need for liquidity is key takeaway for Just Eat IPO

      Which do you fancy ordering – a high-tech business on a racy multiple or a restaurant-like company on a more mundane rating?...

    20. January 21, 2014

      BC Partners considers £1bn Phones4U listing

      BC Partners is considering plans to float Phones4U this year on the London Stock Exchange, where it would join a parade of...

    21. November 29, 2013

      Pearson agrees to sell Mergermarket unit to BC Partners

      Pearson has agreed to sell its Mergermarket unit to London private equity investor BC Partners in a transaction valuing the...

    22. October 20, 2013

      Terra Firma launches £1bn float of Infinis

      Guy Hands has launched a £1bn float of Infinis, a British wind power company, in a comeback signal to prospective new...

    23. October 3, 2013

      Potential bidders seek Mergermarket sales info

      Around 50 companies and private equity groups including Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg have requested sales information on...

    24. September 26, 2013

      PE groups bring forward plans to list European companies

      Private equity groups are bringing forward plans to list their European companies, as they seek to tap increasing investor...

    25. September 23, 2013

      Axa eyes sale of natural ingredient maker Diana

      Axa Private Equity, the Paris-based buyout fund manager, is preparing a sale of French natural ingredient maker Diana, in a...

    26. FT Alphaville

      September 20, 2013

      A leaf through the Foxtons prospectus

      Here’s the doc. Click to read. Some random things to look at: Page 46 for details of Foxton’s target market (London), while...

    27. FT Alphaville

      September 20, 2013

      Peak estate agency

      Remember how Jon Hunt made the sale of the century when he sold his Foxtons chain of estate agents to BC Partners for an...

    28. September 20, 2013

      Foxtons soars on stock market debut

      Foxtons lived up to its billing as one of the year’s most anticipated stock market debuts on Friday, with shares in the...

    29. September 19, 2013

      Demand high ahead of Foxtons debut

      London estate agent Foxtons is to make its market debut on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, closing a difficult chapter...

    30. September 17, 2013

      Extend and pretend until economies are on the mend

      Embarrassed relief is the best response when the apocalypse fails to materialise. In the aftermath of the financial crisis...

    31. September 16, 2013

      BC Partners recoups cash used in Phones4U buyout

      BC Partners will recoup all of the cash used in the buyout of Phones4U after the UK phone retailer issued £200m of bonds...

    32. September 14, 2013

      Rivals bid for bathroom fittings maker Grohe

      FRANKFURT, Sept 14 – Three peers of Europe’s biggest bathroom equipment maker, Grohe, submitted final offers for the...

    33. September 9, 2013

      Pension plans: Flying solo

      In October 2010, London-based private equity group BC Partners found itself in a bidding war over Vue, the UK’s...

    34. August 27, 2013

      Timing could hardly be better for Foxtons IPO

      Foxtons’ stock market debut was always going to be a noisy affair. The estate agency, famed – and often maligned too – for...

    35. Business Blog

      August 27, 2013

      Want to buy a derivative of the London housing market?

      How do you value a share in an estate agency (what is known in the US as a realtor)? Perhaps as a derivative of a leveraged...

    36. August 27, 2013

      Foxtons sets out plans for IPO

      Foxtons confirmed its intention to launch an initial public offering as the London-focused estate agent set out plans to...

    37. August 13, 2013

      Foxtons to file for IPO as soon as August

      Foxtons, the London estate agency, is planning to file for an initial public offering as soon as August 27, as it seeks to...

    38. July 19, 2013

      Cinven buys web hosting company from Montagu

      Cinven, the London-based buyout fund manager, has agreed to buy the web hosting company Host Europe Group from Montagu,...

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