LDC, which is the buyout unit of banking group Lloyds, and AIM’s management could receive as much as £160m from a sale to TowerBrook, said Bloomberg, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.
A deal could be announced as soon as this month, said the sources.
Bournemouth-based AIM’s client base includes Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Boeing.
TowerBrook spun out of Soros Fund Management in 2005 and went on to ink a number of successful deals such as the acquisition of luxury footwear maker Jimmy Choo from Lion Capital in 2007, which was subsequently sold for a return of three times.
In February this year TowerBrook closed its fourth fund at its hard cap of $3.5bn. AltAssets reported that the fundraise took only four months.
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