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

Cyber start-up Illumio gets more funding

High-profile investment reflects growing worries about attacks

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Media monitoring company Gorkana acquired

UK group under same umbrella as other PR organisations

State funding disrupts S Korea start-up scene

Investment matching provides incentives but also distorts market

Google leaps into new virtual reality

Technology group leads $542m investment in Magic Leap

Uber to launch larger car service in UK

Use of six-seater cars will challenge Addison Lee and Hailo

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

Bertelsmann purchase boosts education arm

Biggest acquisition for publisher since Random House

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BCA Marketplace scraps planned IPO

Vehicle auctioneer blames ‘market volatility’

14 Care UK homes face investigation

Private equity-owned healthcare business also under strike threat

TPG boosts its bet on Hollywood’s CAA

$225m investment values talent group behind Clooney at over $1bn

This is an undated company handout photograph of Arysta LifeScience Corp.'s agricultural chemicals, released to the media on Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Permira Advisory LLP, which manages Europe's biggest buyout fund, agreed last month to buy Arysta from Olympus Capital Holdings Asia, a Hong Kong-based private-equity firm, for 250 billion yen in Japan's biggest buyout this year. Source: Arysta LifeScience Corp. via Bloomberg News

Platform Specialty grabs Arysta for $3.5bn

Ackman-backed chemical group will double its size with Irish deal

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Jeremy Zimmer: uber agent goes digital

Hollywood CEO sees UTA as a bridge between technology and media

Chris Hitchen

The secret sauce of railway pensions

Railpen CEO embarks on move to manage more money in-house

Virgin Money pulls out of London listing

Choppy markets lead to challenger bank aborting planned flotation

Accor seeks bigger slice of digital pie

Hotel group challenges online travel agents

China insurer mimics Buffett with Waldorf buy

Anbang looks more like a private equity fund than a life insurer

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Weir Group to buy China’s Trio

Bid to lift market share follows failed offer for Finnish rival

Investec poaches former UBS banker

Christian Hess to head up new private equity advisory team

Carlyle shelves Middle East fund plan

Group will still seek out targeted opportunities in the region

UniCredit to dispose of €5bn in bad loans

Private equity groups soaking up lenders’ distressed debts

TCI invited on board Spain airports sell-off

Hohn fund will be one of three key shareholders for Aena

Levin Zhu quits as CICC chief executive

Departing boss of investment bank had rebuffed calls for listing

Jimmy Choo narrows down IPO price range

High-end shoemaker says float is fully covered

Blackstone / Taubman: rolling the dice

Deal shows how bankers can approach the status of a private equity star

Apollo sets sights on British high street

US private equity group to invest in struggling UK retailers

Tesco’s chief has race to find answers

Dave Lewis has ‘carte blanche’ to look at all aspects of retailer

Blackstone to spin off advisory business

Move to address conflict of interest concerns

Novartis and Oxford BioMedica strike deal

Swiss drugmaker will work with UK gene therapy specialist on drug

City Insider: Lord Davies, tech champion

Lord Davies, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Peter Harrison and brokerage Daniel Stewart

Ex-Xstrata chief made bid for BHP assets

Offer made by Mick Davis’ X2 Resources was rebuffed

Blackstone to axe ‘termination’ fees

Move follows regulatory pressure to curb controversial practice

Buyout owners set to pull Spie flotation

Move underscores waning appetite of investors for European IPOs

Ex-Carlyle team to target European companies

Former Carlyle team aims to bring shareholder activism to Europe

Allen & Overy expands into Africa

‘Magic circle’ law firm to launch in Johannesburg

Gulf delivers rich returns to local private equity groups

Overseas firms are seeking ways to become part of the action

Bright Food buys into oil maker Salov

Weetabix owner further expands its portfolio of foreign food brands

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Private equity: taking fish out of water is an attractive proposition

People are looking for tangible and innovative businesses to invest in

Tesco asks another executive to step aside

Shares rise on buyer interest in retailer’s data analytics unit

Sungard cautions on fintech valuations

Group plans to put more emphasis on homegrown technology

Board leaves Tesco with no food for thought

New appointments will not quell complaints of a lack of grocering experience

China investors surged into EU in crisis

Buying spree begun in 2011 seen as structural shift