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

Tim Hortons’ Canadian roots run deep

Beloved chain reassures anxious nation over Burger King takeover

Kunskapsgallerian M7 is something new in the education area. The building is situated in Nacka, south of Stockholm in Sweden. photo: Johan Jeppsson
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Free schools: Lessons in store

The merits of Sweden’s friskola are being questioned after the country plunged in the OECD rankings

Burger King takes aim at McDonald’s

Daniel Schwartz to challenge fast food group with Canadian deal

KKR invests in Chinese chicken producer

Private equity group targets need to improve food safety

MBK lines up $2.4bn Taiwan TV exit

South Korean private equity group’s second sale attempt

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

BK and Tim Hortons soar on merger news

Shares surge for groups after talks revealed over possible tie-up

BYD: lucky for some

Chinese car parts maker has yet to realise its dreams

Dealmaking shakes up consumer products

M&A in sector at highest since height of credit boom

Obermann joins Warburg Pincus as partner

Private equity groups looking for targets in telecoms sector

Locusts descend on Australian vineyards

Concern that country’s wines could lose their identity

Private equity’s goose is ‘overcooked’

Mountain of unspent cash looms as assets appear expensive

Apollo in talks to buy BES insurance arm

Tranquilidade could be sold for €200m

Edward Bramson

Bramson steps up pressure on Electra

Activist aims to appoint himself and Brindle to board

Bain buys half of ethical shoemaker Toms

Founder Blake Mycoskie to concentrate on charity side of business

Drugmaker link-up puts Astra on top

FTSE 100 gains pared by miners, which fell on China data

Rusal restructures $10bn debt pile

Aluminium producer began negotiations last year

Treasury Wine Estates posts $101m loss

After ‘challenging’ year, Australian winemaker says it is ‘positioned for success’

Vision Capital eyes IPO for BrightHouse

Rothschild to examine options for ‘rent-to-own’ retailer

Goldman gives junior bankers 20% pay rise

US move comes in battle to attract and retain young graduates

Cyber security group vArmour raises $35m

Citibank’s VC arm and Menlo Ventures lead fundraising

PE groups take a second bite at the apple

European groups opt to buy back companies they used to own

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.
©Charlie Bibby

Punch says restructuring has ‘momentum’

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

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

The Brit insurance building on Bishopsgate.
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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