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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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?...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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,...

  26. July 1, 2013

    BC hires advisers for Migros Ticaret stake sale

    Private equity group BC Partners has hired bankers to advise on the sale of its majority stake in Turkish retailer Migros...

  27. June 27, 2013

    CVC attracts pledges of €14bn in six months

    The rise of CVC Capital Partners into the top tier of private equity firms globally has been underscored by its latest...

  28. June 27, 2013

    Private equity groups suffer from lack of fresh deals

    After a robust start to the year, volumes of leveraged buyouts shrank in the second quarter, highlighting the erratic...

  29. June 25, 2013

    Charterhouse eyes IPO for Elior after low bids

    UK buyout group Charterhouse Capital Partners is exploring an initial public offering for French caterer Elior as early as...

  30. June 22, 2013

    Apax raises €5.8bn for buyout fund

    Apax has raised €5.8bn for a buyout fund, less than two-thirds of what the London-based private equity group collected...

  31. June 19, 2013

    Springer Science: turning a page

    The people at Springer Science + Business Media must have done something terrible in an earlier life to have to endure their...

  32. June 19, 2013

    BC Partners to buy Springer for €3.3bn

    London-based buyout house BC Partners has agreed to buy German publisher Springer Science from its private equity owners for...

  33. June 13, 2013

    EQT rejects BC Partners’ bid for Springer Science

    Private equity group EQT has ended talks with BC Partners over the sale of German publisher Springer Science, after failing...

  34. June 10, 2013

    Vue has eyes for cinema rival Odeon after Canadian takeover

    The chief executive of Vue Entertainment has revealed that the UK cinema chain is interested in bidding for its bigger rival...

  35. June 6, 2013

    Lombard: Self-preservation society should curb Foxtons premium

    When BC Partners bought Foxtons from Jon Hunt for £360m in 2007, it marked the peak of a credit-fuelled bubble in London...

  36. June 6, 2013

    Foxtons expands aggressively in run-up to IPO

    Foxtons is paving the way for its debut on the stock market with an aggressive expansion of its network and a return to the...

  37. June 6, 2013

    Owner of London estate agency Foxtons hires banks for IPO

    Foxtons, the hard-charging London estate agency, has taken advantage of the strong recovery in the capital’s housing market...

  38. May 12, 2013

    Terra Firma eyes sale or IPO for cinemas

    Terra Firma, the private equity group founded by Guy Hands, has hired advisers to prepare a sale or initial public offering...

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