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

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Governments across the region have begun to trim spending

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The steps to take to prevent innovative businesses turning into bland production lines

Ethiopia predicts record investment

Low costs and supportive policies lure foreign manufacturers

Just Eat backer eyes Lloyds tax arm

Bank scales back global presence to focus on UK retail

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Leo McKee, BrightHouse: rent-to-own CEO

UK store chain boss says it serves rather than exploits the poor

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

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New Woodford trust trades at premium

Investors invited to commit for five years

BP offloads North Sea pipeline stake

Buyout group Antin buys 36% stake in CATS gas pipeline network

Gunvor appoints dealmaking head

Investments in Europe, North America and South America eyed

Life assurer Guardian loses CEO

Private equity owner Cinven eyes sale of business, worth £2bn

ANA offers lifeline to rival Skymark

Deal between Japanese airlines raises questions over competition

Mercuria resumes search for big investor

Commodities company could partner with private equity firm

A lamp post stands in front of the colorful facades of residential properties in the Notting Hill district of London, U.K., on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Investors from overseas are buying London real estate to preserve wealth amid political and economic tension in their home markets, causing prices to rise more than most brokers expected. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Deluge of mortgage assets attracts buyers

Hedge funds and private equity firms eye loan portfolios

X2 signals it could do deals in 2015

Ex-Xstrata CEO accuses public company investors of short-termism

Packaged foods: increased appetite

Is food a rate-sensitive investment?

Nomad Foods to buy Birds Eye owner Iglo

Private equity group Permira to retain 9% stake

$5.9bn deal fuels hot property M&A market

Prologis builds on industrial real estate portfolio with KTR bid

AA maps out technological route

Roadside assistance group focuses on online services

Towry to launch online services

Wealth manager reveals increase in assets and revenues

Elkann takes the wheel in PartnerRe bid

Scion of the Agnelli family ready for the corporate limelight

Etsy/Party City: fancy dress

Glittery and cheap or homemade and quaint? Both come with an overpriced stock

Rookies hunt billion-dollar unicorns

Ashton Kutcher and Snoop Dogg show unlikely names can make good investors, writes Stephen Foley

Investors lose out as interests conflict

Fees and share buybacks are a source of concern for US BDCs

Blackstone breaks through $300bn barrier

US alternative investment manager reveals scale of fundraising

Brait buys 80% of Virgin Active for £682m

CVC more than doubles its investment in health clubs group

ISS backs Elliott in Alliance battle

Shareholder group advises vote in favour of new directors on board

Nestlé in talks to sell frozen food unit

World’s largest food group enters exclusive negotiations

US IPOs point to boost in deals demand

Virtu, Etsy, and Party City price at top of their ranges

Guy Hands weighs bid for LA Fitness chain

Terra Firma owner to join contest for struggling gym operator

Shawbrook to hire Iain Cornish as chairman

Key figure in HBOS probe to take over from Sir George Mathewson

Wilbur Ross sells down Virgin Money stake

Challenger bank’s share soar nearly 50% five months after IPO

Doughty Hanson ditches buyout fundraising

Group blames ‘continuing uncertainty for employees and investors’

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58.com and Ganji.com agree to merge

Chinese online marketplaces hope to cut marketing costs

BlackRock backs cyber security start-up

Illumio raises $100m in funding as venture capital pours into sector

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GE Capital: Garage sale

Do not count out banks as asset buyers

Private equity in Asia: opportunity drops

Cheap money and cashed up companies suggest PE returns are likely to suffer

Labour to crack down on private equity managers

Proposals tighten tax rules to combat alleged abuses

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How GE Capital lost out

Executives accepted unit worth more detached from its parent

Currency markets are treacherous places

Central banks are being forced to rely on currency depreciation to loosen monetary policy, says John Plender

Where has the private equity money gone?

Tom Stabile asks if the industry is matching its past glory or closing in on investment gluttony


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