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Private Equity

After market turmoil left the industry reeling, buyout groups are coming back to life and looking at some of the biggest deals since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

Glencore plans $1bn share buyback

Move steals a march on rivals BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto

Chinese builder buys game-maker for $960m

Conglomerate joins others moving into middle-class entertainment

Everstone hires former Goldman executive

Entwistle to lead fund focused on India

Jana claims Petsmart strategy leaked

Activist hedge fund threatens to publish presentation

The Woolpack in Bermondsey, part of Punch Taverns.
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Punch says restructuring has ‘momentum’

Tavern group seeking to cut £2.3bn in debt by £600m

Special reports

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Dollar, won, yen, UBS, Asia, Swiss franc and Latin America

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Switzerland, strategies, competition, crisis fallout, technology, emerging markets, recruitment, consolidation

Singapore state funds blaze ecommerce trail

GIC and Temasek emerge as biggest state-backed investors in sector

Lanxess risks becoming takeover target

Chief executive warns company is vulnerable during restructuring

Canada pension fund sees India opportunity

CPPIB plans to expand portfolio to private equity and credit

Cinemas evolve to compete for audience

Operators use technology to provide more than just a blockbuster

Bonomi on cusp of owning Club Med

Milanese investor says other bids undervalue group’s potential

Candy Crush: no terminal velocity

The present is profitable, the future is bleak

Coke gets a taste for rival Monster

Stake purchase for $2bn sends shares in energy drinks maker soaring 22%

Chinese-backed move for Club Med collapses

Fosun scraps bid after regulator approves Bonomi offer

SeaWorld shares fall as film hits revenue

Amusement park group forecasts 6-7% decline this year

Kinder Morgan deal in collusion lawsuit

Group’s 2006 take-private enriched Rich Kinder, Goldman, Carlyle

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Brit targets aviation insurance

Insurer plans to take advantage of sharp rise in premiums

Chinese hospitals targeted for takeovers

Demand for private healthcare opens way for foreign buyouts

Case for credit investment still stands

Problems of a low yield world prove value of diversification

Game of poker over Caesars heads to court

Lawsuits swapped in fight with debt investors over casinos group

Private equity: second-hand business

The secondary buyout market is coming of age

Treasury Wine: filling the demand curve

Overpaying for a diversified winemaker lacks prestige

Shell: dry run

If private equity is buying, should oil majors be selling?

Blackstone buys Alliance Automotive

Private equity group pays Weinberg Capital about €440m

Investors set for Treasury Wine bid battle

Second bidder enters race with A$5.20 a share offer for winemaker

SVG Capital boosted by Permira exits

Fund’s net asset value in first half rises 4%

The Woolpack in Bermondsey, part of Punch Taverns.
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Punch Taverns extends debt negotiations

Talks with bondholders extended by 10 days to iron out details

OMG! Guess how much BuzzFeed raised?

Seriously, you won’t believe it if I tell you

John Malone: backed Charter's bid

Liberty Global has hunger for more deals

Further investments in ITV and Formula One still within range

Blackstone eyes $1bn Shell gas stake deal

Energy group retreats from souring investments in North America

Blackstone invests to edge out Wall Street

Buyout group backs innovators in bid to save on bank fees

Private equity: goodbye to all that

Private equity firms are so 2004. Now it’s ‘alternative asset manager’

Fees boost private equity’s Wall St clout

Buyout firms account for 32% of US investment banking deals revenue

Citic Group a test case for reform

Plan to subject group to transparency and discipline of a listed company

Pret’s owner eyes China expansion

Bridgepoint resists temptation to float sandwich chain on stock market

Sandwich maker Adelie on the hunt for a new investor

Cash will buy out financial investors and fund international expansion

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Pessina’s patience pays off at Boots

Sale to Walgreens is crucial piece in the jigsaw

Week in Review

Week in review, August 9

Featuring StanChart, Cobalt, Apple and Kors

Letter from Lex: let’s call a halt

It was a week to feel the pain of the M&A banker

US buyout groups settle collusion lawsuit

KKR, Blackstone and TPG to pay $325m

Bain and Apax aim to walk away with Toms

Last-round bids for ethical footwear company