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

Elior plans €700m flotation

Private equity backer Charterhouse eyes €4bn valuation

Carlyle closes Africa fund at $698m

Target exceeded by 40 per cent

Promethean rescues Albermarle & Bond

Promethean Investments leads a consortium that comes to the rescue of the high street pawnbroker

WH Group: little piggy goes to market

Why does a pork producer need 29 banks to list?

Graduates hunt for ‘search fund’ success

One-person-one-company buyouts become a hot career choice

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Temasek bets big on rise of the consumer

Olam and AS Watson deals mark shift at Singapore investment group

Prosecutors to outline F1 chief’s fears

Ecclestone worried about losing grip on racing, bribery trial to hear

TIAA-CREF reveals $6.3bn Nuveen deal

Group moves into top 20 largest money managers

Quintain’s Wembley plans gain £32m backing

First step towards building ‘rental product with critical mass’

In-house M&A team makes Temasek nimbler

Investment agency able to find and act on opportunities more swiftly

KKR to flip Ipreo for $975m

Latest ‘pass the parcel’ deal between private equity firms

Walgreens urged to leave US for tax cut

Investor group lobbies for shift to Europe

Law firms more willing to cut and change

Study finds many top groups expecting to cut unprofitable teams

Symrise wins battle for foodmaker Diana

Move highlights intense competition for deals in Europe

Businesses eye Zeus’s ‘virtuous circle’

Manchester hinterland at the heart of surge in City flotations

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Peaks and troughs at Mountain Warehouse

Retailer close to £90m turnover, says founder Mark Neale

How to invest in international equities

Different ways to buy overseas shares

Bang & Olufsen struggles with turnround

Stereo and television maker considers fundraising

Investors cool on latest London listings

Exova and Cambian both trade below offer prices

Bonmarché hits vein of ‘silver’ sales

Chain’s focus on older shoppers helps it buck retail decline

American subprime lending revs up

Many new loans are going to consumers who previously had little chance of getting funding

Italy’s PM wades into CVC move on Deoleo

Renzi takes issue with ‘ideological aversion’ to Italian bid

WH Group eyes IPO valuation of up to $21bn

Chinese pork producer’s listing to be HK’s biggest since 2010

Pension torrent makes Japan shorts risky

Potential shift to higher equity holdings is helping valuations

CVC favourite to take control of Deoleo

Banks auction stake in Spain’s biggest olive oil producer

Bob Diamond on well-worn path to Africa

Quest to build empire across continent is sign of the times

Rescue remedy for vending groups

Selecta and Autobar are weighed down by debt


When punk met geek in Berlin

The German capital’s nightlife has spawned a generation of fast-growth music software companies

Spain hails eDreams IPO as recovery sign

First listing of local group since country emerged from recession

Altice claims victory in bid war for SFR

Victory for Patrick Drahi’s group ends battle with Bouygues

Fink looks to show off BlackRock’s talent

Reshuffle helps distinguish the asset manager from rival Pimco

KKR seeks to catch digital wave

Group to invest in tech companies before launching special fund

Publicity is free with no PRs

Some companies prefer to eschew public relations professionals and do their own press work

Ecclestone faces a tricky F1 summer

Motor racing chief to juggle 2014 season and German trial

Blackstone Asia chief returning to US

Chae to oversee Asia private equity arm from New York

Carlyle and PAI in Schneider unit talks

Deal would value Custom Sensors and Technologies unit at $900m

Wave of London IPOs brings rewards

Directors floating on main market also generous to staff

Private equity buoyed by deals in less developed African markets

Research points to better returns than in South Africa

Buyout groups look to snap up energy assets

Big oil companies in $300bn divestment push

Aldermore moves into IPO pole position

Lender is one emerging rival to the high street big four