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Sainsbury’s could be next in line for private equity interest

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Sainsbury’s could be on the shopping list of private equity outfits as the race to buy Morrisons highlights the attractiveness of the big supermarket chains to investors. Last week the buyout firm Clayton, Dubilier &a...

Morrisons strikes £7bn takeover deal with US private equity group

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Morrisons has agreed a £7bn takeover by the US private equity group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the latest round in a fierce fight for control of the country’s fourth largest supermarket chain. The Bradford-based ...

KPMG fined £13m over sale of Silentnight to private equity firm

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KPMG has been fined a near-record £13m and severely reprimanded by an independent tribunal for misconduct, in a long-running case relating to the the sale of bed-maker Silentnight to a private equity group in 2011 . T...

Smiths Group agrees to sell medical division to US private equity firm

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The UK engineering firm Smiths Group has agreed to sell its medical division to the US private equity firm TA Associates in a $2.3bn (£1.7bn) deal, in the latest of a string of UK acquisitions by overseas buyers. Smit...

UK monitoring sale of military supplier Ultra to firm backed by US equity

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The UK government has signalled that it is monitoring the sale of a key military supplier to a firm backed by US private equity amid concerns over the potential impact on national security. The business secretary, Kw...

Bonanzas in private equity world spark call for tax relief limit

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Welcome to the world of private equity, also known as the “billionaire factory”, where already super-rich firms have used low interest rates and their considerable financial firepower to embark on a multi-billion doll...

Why supermarkets are on private equity firms’ shopping lists

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British high streets have taken a battering over the past decade – first from online retail, then from the pandemic, and now from a combination of the two. What remains of the sector is being picked over by the invest...

Private equity buying spree hits new record as British firms targeted

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UK plc is the target of a private equity buying spree. Private equity firms have announced 124 deals for UK companies (both takeovers and minority stakes) with a combined value of £41.5bn so far in 2021, according to ...

Morrisons takeover: Apollo private equity group says it is considering bid

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The private equity group Apollo has joined the battle to buy Morrisons after it said it was considering making an offer for the UK supermarket chain that could trump an existing £6.3bn bid for the supermarket by rival...

MP queries watchdog’s ability to protect UK jobs amid private equity deals

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The head of an influential committee of MPs has raised concerns about regulators’ ability to protect jobs and customers during a spate of private equity takeovers of key British businesses, after Morrisons became one ...

Bridgepoint listing offers rare glimpse into the lucrative world of private equity

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How lucrative is the living in the world of private equity? Prepare for a glimpse inside the machine because Bridgepoint, one such buyout firm, is taking the rare step of listing its shares in London. Back-of-the-enve...

Private equity group Bridgepoint set for £2bn London listing

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Bridgepoint, the private equity group behind restaurant group Itsu, online cycling specialist Wiggle and the UK arm of Burger King, is planning to raise £300m with a stock market flotation in London. The listing, expe...

Private equity control of Morrisons will throw veil of secrecy over supermarket

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Does it matter that the directors of Wm Morrison could soon sell Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket chain to a private equity buyer? Aldi and Lidl are owned privately by two separate, but equally secretive, German b...

Private equity firm to increase offer for UDG Healthcare to £2.7bn

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The private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is to increase its offer for UDG Healthcare to £2.7bn after major shareholders in the Dublin-based company opposed the first bid. CD&R, which is also seeking to...

UK property developer St Modwen accepts new offer from US private equity group

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Property developer St Modwen has accepted an increased offer from US investor Blackstone that values the company at £1.3bn, in the latest example of a private equity swoop for a mid-sized British firm. St Modwen has a...

Labour urges government to protect Morrisons in potential private equity takeover

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Labour has urged the government to step in to ensure a potential private equity takeover of supermarket chain Morrisons does not affect Britain’s food security, damage farming, or lead to job losses. The country’s fou...

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