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  1. September 12, 2014

    United Biscuits eyes McVitie’s name-change for IPO

    United Biscuits, the maker of Digestives and Jaffa Cakes, is considering changing its name to McVitie’s to reflect its...

  2. September 9, 2014

    Investec ties up £180m deal for mortgage lender Kensington

    Kensington, the UK subprime mortgage group, is the latest institution hoping to join the ranks of “challenger banks” who are...

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  1. September 8, 2014

    Eircom lines up Dublin flotation plans

    Eircom, Ireland’s largest telecoms group, is working on plans for a flotation as early as next month that would value the...

  2. 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...

  3. August 31, 2014

    Private equity seizes chance to expand oil interests

    Mustafa Siddiqui is enjoying a change of scene. He’s just arrived in the UK to head up Blackstone’s energy investments in...

  4. August 31, 2014

    Private equity groups make $500m UK North Sea oil investment

    Buyout groups Blackstone and Blue Water Energy are providing $500m to Siccar Point Energy, a new UK-focused oil company, in...

  5. August 13, 2014

    Kinder Morgan deal at the centre of price fixing court battle

    Rich Kinder, the Kinder Morgan founder who on Sunday unveiled a $44bn consolidation of a family of companies to create the...

  6. August 13, 2014

    SeaWorld: vultures and killer whales

    SeaWorld Entertainment’s management is bullish about the future. Why, then, did the theme-park operator drastically cut its...

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    August 12, 2014

    India REITs approval seen as big boost to property sector

    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) gave its final approval this week for Real Estate Investment Trusts...

  8. August 11, 2014

    Shell: dry run

    An investment is a speculation gone awry. Reports that Shell will sell to Blackstone its 50 per cent stake in its...

  9. August 11, 2014

    Blackstone takes control of Alliance Automotive for €440m

    Blackstone has taken control of automotive parts distributor Alliance Automotive amid signs that the European car market is...

  10. August 10, 2014

    Blackstone nears $1.2bn deal for Shell gas stake

    Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to dispose of its 50 per cent stake in a Louisiana gasfield to Blackstone for $1.2bn, as the...

  11. August 10, 2014

    Blackstone invests to edge out Wall Street

    Blackstone is stepping up its investments in data and technology companies that will enable it to bypass its traditional...

  12. August 10, 2014

    Fees boost private equity’s Wall St clout

    Private equity companies have paid a record 32 per cent of US investment banking fees so far this year, in a sign of the...

  13. August 7, 2014

    KKR, Blackstone and TPG pay $325m to settle collusion lawsuit

    KKR, Blackstone and TPG have agreed to pay $325m to settle a lawsuit that accused seven private equity groups of conspiring...

  14. August 6, 2014

    China Life poised to take $250m stake in TPG

    China Life is set to inject $250m into TPG, in one of the first Chinese investments in the buyout industry since CIC took a...

  15. August 3, 2014

    Osmond considers bid for Strada

    Hugh Osmond, the entrepreneur who floated PizzaExpress two decades ago, is considering a bid for ailing Italian restaurant...

  16. August 3, 2014

    Corporate Italy’s new number rings out at Telecom Italia

    Giuseppe Recchi, the recently appointed chairman of Telecom Italia, lost his last job as part of the three-yearly process by...

  17. August 3, 2014

    Aviva plans to cut millions from tax bill

    Aviva is drawing up plans to reduce its annual tax bill by tens of millions of pounds after the insurance group paid almost...

  18. 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...

  19. July 24, 2014

    KKR steps up in-house investments

    KKR generated more than 40 per cent of its second-quarter earnings from its capital markets operations and from investments...

  20. July 18, 2014

    Checking in on Blackstone's Hilton trade

    On Thursday, our colleague Henny Sender reported on Blackstone’s strong second-quarter earnings (assets under management...

  21. July 17, 2014

    Blackstone attracts $62bn capital inflow

    Blackstone‘s goal of having $500bn of assets under management moved closer as the group increased the total sum it manages...

  22. July 11, 2014

    Friends Life to take £40m hit after Lombard sale

    Friends Life is to take a £40m hit after agreeing to sell its Luxembourg-based tax planning arm Lombard to investment group...

  23. July 1, 2014

    Buyout trio weighs bid for Lafarge and Holcim’s $5bn asset sale

    Blackstone, Cinven and a Canadian pension fund are exploring a joint bid for €5bn worth of assets earmarked for sale by...

  24. June 30, 2014

    Blackstone plans its own investment platform

    Blackstone, the world’s largest allocator of capital to hedge funds, is preparing an overhaul of its $58bn fund of hedge...

  25. June 23, 2014

    Best days of private equity firms could lie in the past

    In mid-June, Blackstone held its second ever investor day in a valiant effort to coax its share price higher. Seven years...

  26. June 16, 2014

    Hillshire Brands moves to end Pinnacle Foods acquisition

    The board of Hillshire Brands has withdrawn its recommendation to acquire frozen foods maker Pinnacle Foods, clearing the...

  27. June 13, 2014

    Amaya Gaming buys PokerStars and Full Tilt in $4.9bn deal

    Amaya Gaming is betting that online gambling will take hold in the US with a bold $4.9bn acquisition of PokerStars and Full...

  28. 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...

  29. June 11, 2014

    Wall Street loses its man in the House

    From the mountains of Switzerland to the beaches of the Hamptons, Eric Cantor mixed in the milieu of Wall Street. It might...

  30. June 2, 2014

    US apartments in debt deal rent for less

    Apartments that have been bundled into bonds are renting for significantly less than similar but unsecuritised homes,...

  31. June 2, 2014

    Hilton Worldwide eyes future in boutique hotels

    Hilton Worldwide is launching a new brand aimed at upscale travellers as the recently-relisted US hotel group seeks to catch...

  32. June 1, 2014

    US watchdog triggers buyout group fee queries

    Private equity groups say they have been inundated with questions from concerned investors about fees and expenses in the...

  33. May 16, 2014

    Should you buy in to the private equity buyout kings?

    Private equity has invaded our daily lives. During a typical day, you may buy sandwiches or coffee at Pret A Manger, a chain...

  34. May 15, 2014

    Deutsche Bank chucks in its hand on casino gamble

    Deutsche Bank has agreed to sell its Las Vegas casino resort, The Cosmopolitan, to private equity group Blackstone for...

  35. May 15, 2014

    Pain of private equity’s TXU disaster fades amid renewed interest

    Private equity investment in energy In 2007 David Foley, head of energy investing for Blackstone, passed on joining in the...

  36. May 12, 2014

    Weibo leads tech sector rebound

    The US technology sector began the week with a rebound as investors picked through the dozens of momentum stocks that have...

  37. May 12, 2014

    Hillshire to buy Pinnacle Foods for $6.6bn

    Hillshire Brands is adding Vlasic pickles and the Birds Eye frozen vegetable brand in the US to its meat-dominated plate...

  38. May 12, 2014

    MBS deal shelved after rift over ratings

    A mortgage bond backed by defaulted home loans has been quietly shelved following a public spat between two of the world’s...

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