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    1. May 17, 2015

      Private equity sees new era of opportunity in Japan

      They are grey-haired, ultraconservative and worry that their 45-year-old sons are not ready for leadership. Now, private...

    2. May 13, 2015

      Private equity funds eye stakes in Vocalink

      Private equity funds are eyeing stakes in Vocalink, which underpins Britain’s payment systems, as a new regulator considers...

    1. May 12, 2015

      SunGard listing shows buyout companies scraping bottom of the barrel

      Ten years after SunGard Data Systems was bought by seven private equity groups for $11.4bn just as the buyout boom was...

    2. MBA blog

      April 20, 2015

      The term with the most moving parts

      Two thirds through my MBA and things are dovetailing into a final term filled with opportunities and answers. This past term...

    3. April 15, 2015

      Nestlé in talks to sell frozen food unit to Bain-owned company

      Nestlé, the world’s largest group by sales, aims to curb costs further by entering exclusive talks to sell Davigel, its...

    4. March 10, 2015

      Bain Capital goes cyber with $2.4bn Blue Coat deal

      Bain Capital has agreed to acquire Blue Coat Systems in a deal that values the Californian cyber security company at $2.4bn....

    5. March 2, 2015

      Clear Channel Outdoor splits US and international operations

      Clear Channel Outdoor, the billboard advertising business owned by iHeartMedia, is splitting the management of its US and...

    6. January 30, 2015

      Crunch talks for control of Towergate

      Directors of the heavily indebted insurance broker Towergate are holding crunch talks as they weigh up rival restructuring...

    7. January 27, 2015

      Bain Capital snaps up TI Automotive

      US private equity firm Bain Capital has acquired another piece of Britain’s industrial heritage, sealing a deal for car...

    8. December 15, 2014

      Bain to acquire CRH UK and US brickmaking units in £414m deal

      CRH, Ireland’s largest construction company by market value, has agreed to sell some brickmaking businesses to Bain Capital...

    9. December 5, 2014

      Private equity groups target Australia’s Bradken

      Pacific Equity Partners and Bain Capital have made a A$870m (US$730m) takeover bid for Bradken, an Australian mining...

    10. November 12, 2014

      Apax and Bain bid for Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom

      Private equity companies Apax Partners and Bain Capital have made a €7.075bn offer for the Portuguese assets of Portugal...

    11. 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...

    12. August 31, 2014

      Carlyle settles to avoid trial by jury

      Carlyle has brought to an end allegations that the world’s largest private equity groups conspired to fix the prices of...

    13. August 21, 2014

      Bain buys half of ethical shoemaker Toms

      US private equity group Bain Capital is to buy half of Toms with a plan to expand the west coast ethical footwear company...

    14. August 6, 2014

      Bain and Apax aim to walk away with Toms

      Buyout funds including Bain Capital and Apax are preparing to make last-round bids for Toms, the cordwainer that is part of...

    15. August 3, 2014

      Private equity eyes drug brands purchase

      Private equity groups are exploring a $10bn plan to buy hundreds of older drug brands from GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi and...

    16. July 28, 2014

      Sankaty to buy JPMorgan debt portfolio for $1bn

      Sankaty Advisors, the credit arm of Bain Capital, is paying more than $1bn for the debt portfolio of JPMorgan’s principal...

    17. June 27, 2014

      DuPont falls on trimmed profit outlook

      DuPont, one of the largest US chemicals companies, was under pressure on Friday after the company trimmed its profit outlook...

    18. June 12, 2014

      Goldman and Bain pay $121m to settle buyout conspiracy case

      Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital paid $121m to settle a lawsuit alleging they conspired with other private equity firms to fix...

    19. May 18, 2014

      Mobile payments revolution is still to take off

      Tech companies might have invested millions in persuading people to make payments with their mobile phones, but the closure...

    20. March 24, 2014

      US private equity houses team up to buy Nordic payments firm

      Advent International and Bain Capital have teamed up with Danish pension fund ATP Group to buy Scandinavia’s largest...

    21. March 14, 2014

      Charterhouse to pay $2bn for SkillSoft

      Charterhouse Capital Partners has highlighted private equity groups’ increasing appetite for the education sector after...

    22. March 9, 2014

      Buyout world likely to dodge tax rise

      Ever since the buyout boom of 2007 and Blackstone chief executive Steve Schwarzman’s lavish $3m 60th birthday party,...

    23. February 6, 2014

      Sony sheds PCs as it warns on profits

      Sony’s empire Sony, once the world’s premier consumer technology brand, has admitted defeat in its battle to revive two of...

    24. February 5, 2014

      Sony closes in on sale of Vaio PC division

      Sony is closing in on a sale of Vaio to a local private equity fund after several strategic buyers balked at taking on the...

    25. December 8, 2013

      Golden Gate Capital sells US Silica stake

      Golden Gate Capital is selling its stake in US Silica in a deal that will make the San Francisco-based private equity group...

    26. September 29, 2013

      HRE nears deal to dispose of Dublin-based Depfa

      Hypo Real Estate is close to a deal to sell Depfa, the Dublin-based bank that specialised in public sector lending and that...

    27. July 19, 2013

      Bain Capital in £200m deal for Plasma Resources UK

      Bain Capital, the private equity group, is to pay up to £200m to take control of Plasma Resources UK, the blood plasma...

    28. July 9, 2013

      KKR raises record $6bn for second Asian buyout fund

      KKR has raised a record $6bn for its second big Asian buyout fund in a sign that investors are confident the New York...

    29. June 26, 2013

      HD Supply prices below expectations

      HD Supply, a former unit of Home Depot acquired by buyout groups at the height of the US housing bubble, has raised $957m...

    30. June 13, 2013

      HD Supply files for $1.2bn IPO

      HD Supply, a former unit of Home Depot acquired by buyout groups before the US housing crisis, has filed to raise $1.2bn...

    31. May 6, 2013

      Business software group BMC to be taken private for $6.9bn

      BMC, a US business software company, has capitulated to activist investors and agreed to sell itself to a private equity...

    32. May 6, 2013

      Apollo leads US stocks to new high

      US stocks reached a record level yet again after shares in Apollo Global Management reached an all-time high as the buyout...

    33. FT Alphaville

      May 1, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Asian stocks fell, led by Japan, and the yen strengthened slightly. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index was 0.3% lower and the yen...

    34. March 13, 2013

      Pension funds bypass middlemen

      Pension funds are cutting out the middlemen by bidding for companies directly rather than leaving it to the private equity...

    35. March 13, 2013

      Heavy lift needed to close US tax loophole

      The post-mortems on the 2012 election have almost without exception pinpointed when the poll turned in Barack Obama’s favour...

    36. February 27, 2013

      Buyout groups try IPO discounting

      Private equity groups are preparing to launch about a dozen initial public offerings of companies taken private at the...

    37. January 18, 2013

      Survey website joins ranks of $1bn club

      Survey Monkey, a US internet company whose service is used for running online surveys, has raised $800m in the private...

    38. January 14, 2013

      Prospects rise for Billabong bid battle

      The US company that owns the Vans, Wrangler and North Face brands has emerged as a suitor for Billabong International,...

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