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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

Banks shun nations that need money most

Nomura’s Bennett warns on poor nations access to capital

GNC fields interest from buyout groups

Vitamin retailer has met with banks to discuss options

Europe struggles to catch US biotech bulls

The Nasdaq biotech index is on the rise again

KKR seeks to make First Data numbers work

Payment processor’s debt load falls from $24bn to $21bn

UBM eyes US events group Advanstar

Fundraising plan expected if $900m merger move is to go ahead

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

The Woolpack in Bermondsey, part of Punch Taverns.
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Punch debt restructuring plan approved

Bondholders to take over remainder of pub group

Edward Bramson

Bramson pledges to double Electra value

Activist investor fights board’s refusal to grant him seats

KKR sounds out DJ equipment maker

Buyout group to pay Japan’s Pioneer $550m for turntable unit

Calpers: just not that into you

The Californian public pension fund ends its relationship with hedge funds

KKR offers structured credit deal to GMR

Funds of $164m will support rights issue at Indian conglomerate

The trouble with too much seed capital

For start-ups, sometimes less can be more

Cognizant rejects TriZetto price critics

Chief says deal will bring new business opportunities

Phones 4U questions merit answers

Calls for a probe into how suppliers pulled the plug one by one

Dividend recaps resurface

Borrowing increased to extract cash from the business

Accusations fly after Phones 4U collapse

Private equity owner and former partners point fingers

Investec to sell subprime mortgage unit

Deal follows plan to offload UK subprime mortgage lender

Q&A: The demise of Phones 4U

UK mobile retailer has been a high street fixture since the 80s

US investors lining up Spurs takeover bid

Group backed by Guggenheim has expressed interest in football club

Movers & shakers: September 15

Axa and Henderson expand fixed income teams

Shell seeks to sell European LPG business

Disposal move comes after two failed attempts to find buyers for assets

Attachmate and Micro Focus in bid talks

Software groups could strike deal in coming week

Club Med: Santé

The bidding war will rumble on as the nights draw in

United Biscuits eyes name-change for IPO

Digestives maker eyes McVitie’s move to attract investors

Electra rallies against activist

Shareholders asked to reject demands by investor Edward Bramson

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LVMH explores the layers below luxury

The French group uses private equity to experiment in Asia

Japan’s Ajinomoto to buy Windsor

Seasoning maker eyes US market with frozen foods group buyout

Rocket Internet plans €750m IPO

Samwer brothers’ company to float 10% stake

Lloyds sells off Keepmoat homebuilders

Hugh Osmond’s Sun Capital is among the buyers

Bubbles burst regardless of sentiment

Investors should be wary of taking comfort from the wrong sources

LeapFrog nets $400m from new investors

Group’s latest fund targets EM financial services companies

The Original Bowling Company sold for £91m

Electra Partners to invest £51m into the deal along with managers

Eircom lines up Dublin flotation plans

Irish telecoms group could be valued at close to €3bn

Bankers face partnership squeeze

Top rung of the ladder has become harder to reach

Finance chiefs feel heat after buyout deals

Average term under private equity owners is 17% shorter

Dubai to take $300m Dangote Cement stake

State group’s investment will spread portfolio into west Africa

Buyout deals breach debt guidelines

Leverage levels exceed recommended maximum in a third of buyouts

Piramal earmarks $2bn for tie-up drive

Billionaire industrialist plans drive to attract western capital

Apax chairman takes home £11.2m

Halusa’s share of performance fees rose 13%

BC cuts Foxtons stake as investors sell

Buyout firm joins Permira in realising pre-crisis investments

Ukraine conflict derails planned PE fund

DMC Partners abandons fundraising