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21 March 2011

Blackstone ‘preparing Hilton to float’

Private equity behemoth the Blackstone Group has called in accountants as the first step towards preparing the Hilton hotel chain for an initial public offering, according to British newspaper The Independent.

21 March 2011

Ratos picks up Finnkino

Swedish private equity firm Ratos has acquired 100 per cent ownership of Finnkino, a Baltic cinema chain, from media group Sanoma.

21 March 2011

DIC unscrews KEF for $178m

Dubai International Capital (DIC) has sold its 45 per cent stake in KEF Holdings, a valve and casing manufacturer based in the United Arab Emirates.

18 March 2011

Macquarie acquires Mexican wind plant

An equity consortium led by Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund andMexican soft drink company Fomento Económico Mexicano has acquired a 396MW late-stage wind energy project in the south-east of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico from subsidiaries of clean energy group Preneal for a transaction enterprise value of approximately $89m.

18 March 2011

Groupon ‘may float for $25bn’

Online discount service and runaway success story Groupon is in talks with bankers to arrange an initial public offering for as much as $25bn, according to Bloomberg.

18 March 2011

Providence abandons bid to sell Phones4U

US buy-out house Providence Equity has given up its attempts to sell British mobile phone retailer Phones 4U to a rival private equity outfit, according to reports.

18 March 2011

BC Partners hits redial on Phones4u bid

UK private equity firm BC Partners has re-entered talks to acquire UK mobile phone retailer Phones4U from US firm Providence Equity Partners.

18 March 2011

General Mills to acquire 50 per cent Yoplait stake

US Fortune 500 food corporation General Mills is set to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Yoplait, after private equity owner PAI Partners granted exclusivity to the company.

18 March 2011

First Reserve expands energy infrastructure team with three new appointments

Energy-focused private investment firm First Reserve has expanded its power infrastructure team with the appointment of three new additions.

18 March 2011

Phones4u picks up BC Partners’ call

UK private equity firm BC Partners has acquired mobile phone retailer Phones4u from US firm Providence Equity Partners.

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