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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

Surf’s up for cruise ship orders

Boom suggests industry has turned corner after Costa Concordia

Skrill

Optimal expects go-ahead on Skrill dea

Online payments group eyes LSE listing with €1.1bn deal

China fund boosts exposure to equities

CIC targets infrastructure investments in developed countries

Fosun bets on European property

Chinese group previously bought Club Med and Thomas Cook

Univision returns to public markets

Spanish language media group looks to pay down $10bn debt

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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

Pressure rises on India exchanges to list

Institutional investors urge Delhi to push through stalled plans

Sophos in biggest UK software group IPO

Shares jump 7% on first trading day taking market cap to £1bn

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Davis ready to make contrarian coal bet

Former Xstrata CEO aims to create a mid-tier mining group

SEC fines KKR over ‘broken’ buyout charges

Failure to disclose how expenses were charged for failed bids

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Private equity recalls 2007 — and sells

Leveraged buyouts have been absent, but exits hit a record level

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InFrontier takes stake in Afghan pharmacy

UK group says deal shows the country is opening to business

Three of the biggest tech companies to remain private: Airbnb, Palantir and Uber
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Silicon Valley: Inside the winners’ circle

As tech groups shy away from IPOs, the wealth created goes only to those with the right access

More legal woes for ship-fuel supplier

Denmark’s largest pension funds have sued OW Bunker for $120m

Altice changes structure to fuel deals

Acquisitive cable group splits shares to fund bids with equity

Hahn move puts Ecclestone role in doubt

German media magnate who sued F1 boss is part of US-Qatari bid

KKR to help rescue Europe’s bad loans

Lenders will share in upside if turnrounds improve valuations

Italian banks: performance enhancers

The latest reforms are a step forward but forcing lenders to offload dud loans would speed recovery

Univision fires Trump’s Miss Universe

Broadcaster ends beauty pageant deal after anti-Mexican remarks

Private equity eyes N Africa healthcare

Citizens are spending more on medical services

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Private equity eyes Tesco’s S Korea unit

Funds drawn to rare large buyout target in spite of challenges

Impact investment produces market returns

Improving lives can generate financial gains, research finds

ITV leaps in to buy Twofour for £280m

Broadcaster boosts own studios with deal for maker of The Jump

Buyout investors look north with Palatine

Manchester-based group closes third fund after strong demand

Green light for €4.5bn Rocket fundraising

Ecommerce incubator preparing for ‘flexible and vibrant markets’

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Ladbrokes and Coral: les jeux sont faits

There is good reason to roll the dice on a deal

Ladbrokes aims to shift odds with tie-up

Mooted Coral merger would elevate group’s small online presence

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Start-up lessons from a theatrical empire

Ambassador Theatre Group’s Rosemary Squire on the art of balancing creativity and pragmatism

Barclays’ private equity arm set for MBO

Deal means bank must retain its investments, tying up capital

Ross should challenge F1 boss if he swaps gridiron for starting grid

Spare tyres are ballast F1 cars cannot afford to carry

Ladbrokes in merger talks with Gala Coral

Issues remain over price and future corporate structure

Mediclinic buys Spire Healthcare stake

Deal underlines the attractions of the UK’s healthcare sector

CVC and Temasek team up for Alvogen deal

Investors buy majority stake in US-based group, valuing it at $2bn

Pressure on private equity to spend cash

Industry feels pain of investor activism and regulatory scrutiny

Kildare quickly invests $2bn Europe fund

Ex-Lone Star executive Short closes $840m of deals in month

Park Square raises $2.4bn for buyouts

Fund will be able to commit €100m to transactions

FT research reveals continued enthusiasm for the Masters in Finance

The recent rash of financial scandals has not dented enthusiasm for entering the world of finance

Terra Firma breaks with norm on fees

Private equity group to charge only on money invested in deals

Guardians lead New Zealand to the top

New Zealand’s SWF generated 17% a year over past five years

Ant Financial valued at $45bn

Valuation ranks Alibaba affiliate alongside Xiaomi and Uber

Tesco loyalty arm founders eye bid role

Husband-and-wife team behind Dunnhumby look at joining race

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