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  1. December 19, 2013

    Court tax boost to Swedish buyout groups

    Sweden’s private equity groups won a big victory over the Nordic country’s tax authority that could save the industry a bill...

  2. August 21, 2013

    EQT hit by €60m tax charge on carried interest

    EQT, Sweden’s largest private equity group, and about 20 of its current and former employees have been told by the country’s...

  1. July 11, 2013

    Royal Unibrew bolsters position with acquisition of Hartwall

    Royal Unibrew cemented its position as the Nordic region’s second-biggest brewer by buying Heineken’s Finnish business for...

  2. January 20, 2013

    Swedish buyouts warn on tax threat

    Sweden’s biggest private equity firms, which are the targets of spectacular tax probes, are urging the government to put in...

  3. December 19, 2012

    Apax calls time on drive for €9bn fund

    The intensifying struggle by private equity groups to raise funds has spurred plans by Apax Partners to call time on its...

  4. November 25, 2012

    SBS bidders to miss €1.4bn sale target

    The two remaining bidders for Nordic broadcasting business SBS are expected to submit offers below the €1.4bn that its...

  5. May 3, 2012

    Sandoz gains dermatology lead with Fougera

    Novartis’s generic drugs division Sandoz has agreed to buy Fougera Pharmaceuticals for $1.53bn in cash in a deal that...

  6. February 27, 2012

    Cinven and Goldman to sell Ahlsell stakes

    Cinven and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs, are set to sell their stakes in Ahlsell,...

  7. February 14, 2012

    Pressure rises on private equity bosses’ tax

    Pressure is rising across the globe to raise taxes for private equity bosses, with German and Swedish authorities pushing...

  8. December 7, 2011

    Eurozone headwinds for private equity

    Buy-out bosses may be notorious for piling too much debt on companies they acquire, but at the moment many of them look like...

  9. October 9, 2011

    Poundland owner in talks to buy Europris

    The private equity owner of Poundland, the discount retailer that has grown rapidly on UK high streets in recent years, is...

  10. September 8, 2011

    Nordic Capital set to sell its stake in Thule

    Nordic Capital has put up for sale its stake in Thule, the Swedish maker of car roof boxes, snow chains and trailers, ahead...

  11. August 7, 2011

    Cinven to sound out sale of Ahlsell

    Cinven, the UK-based buy-out investor, seeks to sell its Swedish tool distributor Ahlsell. The private equity group, which...

  12. July 22, 2011

    BC Partners to buy Sweden’s Com Hem

    BC Partners has agreed to buy Sweden’s Com Hem in a more than €1.8bn ($2.6bn) deal that continues private equity’s moves...

  13. June 9, 2011

    Swedish cable company attracts buy-out bidders

    Four private equity companies have reached the second round of bidding for the Swedish cable company Com Hem, people...

  14. May 24, 2011

    Buy-out groups hit record in sales spree

    Private equity groups have cashed in a record amount of money by selling companies in the past two months as they aim to...

  15. May 19, 2011

    Takeda completes Nycomed purchase

    Takeda expressed interest in fresh international acquisitions even as it concluded the largest cross-border takeover by a...

  16. May 12, 2011

    Takeda in $14bn talks to buy Nycomed

    Takeda of Japan is in advanced talks to buy Nycomed, the Swiss drugs company, in a deal likely to value the business at up...

  17. FT Alphaville

    May 12, 2011

    Takeda eyes Nycomed for $14bn-plus

    Takeda Pharmaceutical, Asia’s largest drugmaker, is in advanced talks to acquire closely held Swiss competitor Nycomed,...

  18. December 16, 2010

    Falck’s owners agree to sell 36% stake

    The private equity owners of Falck have agreed to sell a 36 per cent stake in Europe’s biggest private sector ambulance and...

  19. December 15, 2010

    3i turns profit with Hyva sale

    The private equity group 3i has realised one of its most profitable deals by selling Hyva, the leading maker of hydraulic...

  20. December 13, 2010

    Assa Abloy opens door to new markets

    Assa Abloy, the world’s biggest lockmaker, has confirmed its position as one of Sweden’s most acquisitive companies by...

  21. FT Alphaville

    December 9, 2010

    Apax in $8.5bn talks for ISS

    UK buy-out group Apax Partners has entered exclusive talks to buy ISS, the Danish cleaning, security and catering group, in...

  22. December 8, 2010

    Apax in $8.5bn talks on ISS buy-out

    London-based private equity group Apax Partners has entered exclusive talks to buy ISS, the Danish cleaning, security and...

  23. FT Alphaville

    December 2, 2010

    Banks’ asset selling hints at better conditions

    Banks are selling some of the companies they took over from their private equity owners during the financial crisis, such as...

  24. December 2, 2010

    Banks’ asset selling hints at better conditions

    Banks are selling some of the companies they took over from their private equity owners during the financial crisis, such as...

  25. November 22, 2010

    Nordic plans £450m Britax buy-out

    Nordic Capital has announced the £450m ($720m) buy-out of Britax Childcare, the maker of children’s car safety seats and...

  26. November 17, 2010

    Britax to be subject of bidding war

    Britax Childcare, the maker of children’s car safety seats and pushchairs, is expected to receive takeover bids from four...

  27. October 15, 2010

    Nordic Capital poised to buy Munters

    Nordic Capital, the Stockholm-based private equity group, looks set to buy Munters, the Swedish engineering group, in a...

  28. October 13, 2010

    Alfa Laval bid for Munters trumped a second time

    Alfa Laval is considering whether to fight another round in the battle for control of Munters after it was outbid for a...

  29. September 29, 2010

    Nordic tops Alfa Laval bid for Munters

    Nordic Capital, the Stockholm-based private equity group, has outbid a rival industrial bidder for Munters, the Swedish...

  30. February 19, 2010

    Shifting relationship between lenders and buy-out groups

    Banks and investors who spent the boom years in credit markets financing leveraged buy-outs have had a busy 12 months, as...

  31. January 1, 2010

    Private equity faces fundraising battle

    As private equity bosses consider their New Year resolutions, many are likely to commit themselves to overcoming the meanest...

  32. December 8, 2009

    Unsolicited move signalsmore aggressive tactics

    Private equity groups typically rely on friendly overtures to management to clinch their deals but Carlyle's unsolicited...

  33. December 8, 2009

    Unsolicited move signals more aggressive tactics

    Private equity groups typically rely on friendly overtures to management to clinch their deals but Carlyle’s unsolicited...

  34. September 24, 2009

    Battle for Solvay division nears end

    The five-month bid battle for Solvay’s pharmaceuticals business is expected to reach a conclusion on Friday at a board...

  35. August 31, 2009

    Buy-out groups face opposition to annex funds

    Private equity groups are facing mounting opposition from investors over their attempts to raise annex funds, which buy-out...

  36. July 15, 2009

    Solvay narrows its bidder list

    Solvay has whittled down the list of bidders for its pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed, the privately held Swiss company,...

  37. July 14, 2009

    Solvay whittles bidders down to two

    Solvay has whittled down the list of bidders for its pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed, the privately held Swiss company,...

  38. June 1, 2009

    CVC lifeline for Samsonite

    Samsonite, the world's biggest maker of suitcases, backpacks and carry-bags, is the latest to join the fast-growing list of...

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