Mergermarket draws interest from private equity firms


pounds11_sqFinancial information publisher Mergermarket, which has been put up for sale by Financial Times publisher Pearson, has reportedly attracted interest from a number of private equity firms.

Advent International, Exponent and HgCapital are considering making bids for the business, which also includes dealReporter and Debtwire, according to the Independent. Sixty companies have requested information about Mergermarket, said the report, citing a media industry source.

Pearson CEO John Fallon said Mergermarket is valued at £300m.

Buyout firms Warburg Pincus, KKR and Apax are also participating in the bidding process, said the report.

First round offers are due in mid-October with JP Morgan Cazenove managing the sale.

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