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SoftBank leads $113.5 mln investment in U.S. logistics tech firm Flock Freight

Logistics technology firm Flock Freight on Tuesday said it raised $113.5 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, making it the fund’s third transportation and logistics technology investment since its launch last year. Flock...

Charterhouse-backed SERB buys BTG specialty pharma unit for $800m

Boston Scientific on Tuesday, 1 December, said it agreed to sell its BTG specialty pharmaceuticals business for $800m in cash to affiliates of SERB, a European specialty pharmaceutical group backed by private equity firm Charterhouse Capital...

Mobeus scores 8.2x return with its second exit in a week

UK lower mid-market group Mobeus Equity Partners has concluded its fifth buyout exit this year, with an average money multiple in 2020 of 3.3 times its investments, the firm said. Two of these deals were announced this week. As the pandemic crushes...

EMEA Private Equity Market Snapshot Issue 27

Welcome to the 27th issue of the EMEA Private Equity Market Snapshot (PEMS), a quarterly publication focusing on the Private Equity (PE) market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from S&P Global Market Intelligence. From a numbers...

Vista Equity Partners Backs Business Software Company Gainsight

Customer-relations technology company Gainsight Inc. is slated to have a new majority owner: private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners. Gainsight agreed to a majority investment by Vista, which focuses on backing technology companies, according to...

Francisco Partners Agrees to Buy CDK Global Unit for $1.45 Billion

Automotive industry technology company CDK Global Inc. has agreed to sell its international division to private-equity firm Francisco Partners for $1.45 billion. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company provides technology to about 30,000 dealers of...

Softbank-backed DoorDash aims to raise up to $2.8 billion in IPO

DoorDash said Monday it is aiming to raise up to $2.8 billion in an initial public offering (IPO), which could double the value of the U.S. food delivery start-up and be one of 2020’s largest public market debuts. DoorDash, the biggest U.S....

UK public pension funds suffer £2bn hit to oil investments

The value of oil company shares owned by UK public pension funds has fallen by £2bn in less than four years as pressure mounts on retirement schemes to withdraw their support from environmentally damaging fossil fuel producers. Pension funds across...

Carlyle sells stake in PA Consulting

Carlyle has sold its stake in PA Consulting Group in a deal valuing the UK-based advisory firm at £1.8bn, which ends a highly-acquisitive five-year period of private equity ownership. Dallas-based US consultancy Jacobs Engineering Group will buy a...

Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Quantitative Credit Investing Pioneer DCI

Blackstone today announced that it has agreed to acquire DCI, a pioneer in quantitative credit investing with approximately $7.5 billion in AUM across the global investment grade, high yield and emerging corporate credit markets. The firm, based in...

Biggest private equity firm in Pittsburgh announces two deals

Pittsburgh’s largest private equity firm, Incline Equity Partners, announced a pair of acquisitions by its portfolio company, Wholesale Supplies Plus. WSP, an Independence, Ohio-based distributor of materials, supplies and packaging used in the...

Abu Dhabi wealth fund in talks with KKR over Italian grid deal

Abu Dhabi’s biggest sovereign fund is in talks with U.S. firm KKR to invest in Telecom Italia’s (TIM) last-mile network in a deal that has drawn scrutiny from Italy’s government, three sources close to the matter told Reuters.  Rome typically...

Norway’s Longship closes second fund at €160m

Oslo-based private equity firm Longship has closed its second fund at the hard cap of NOK1.7bn (€160m). The vehicle is slightly larger than the firm’s maiden fund, reported to have raised €133m in 2016. The firm, a lower mid-market buyout...

South African Buyout Firms Take Equity in Zimbabwe Border Post

Private equity firm Harith General Partners Pty Ltd. and the Phembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund are buying equity in a company investing $296 million to modernize Zimbabwe Beitbridge border, one of Africa’s busiest land border crossings....

Billionaire brothers have lodged a bid to buy Caffe Nero

The billionaire brothers behind the British petrol retailing powerhouse EG Group have launched a daring takeover bid for Caffe Nero hours before the ailing coffee shop chain seeks approval from landlords to slash its rent bill. Sky News has learnt...

S&P Global Nears Deal to Buy IHS Markit for About $44 Billion

S&P Global Inc. is nearing a deal to acquire IHS Markit Ltd. for about $44 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, a landmark deal that would combine two of the largest providers of data to Wall Street. The all-stock deal, which...

Canadian pension funds, insurers seeking private debt face shrinking pool of lower-risk firms

Canadian pension funds and insurers are facing a shrinking universe of higher-quality private debt investments to lift returns in a low-yield world, as the coronavirus pandemic has crushed many businesses, while banks maintain lending to better...

Permira is still counting on Soho House to get back in order

Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House, wants to be friends with everyone. Members and employees, its suppliers, landlords and investors. Even in some of the toughest times he has ever known, the private club impresario has no time for acrimony....

Guggenheim Fund Files to Be Able to Invest Up to Almost $500M in Bitcoin Through GBTC

Guggenheim Funds Trust filed an amendment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to allow its $5 billion Macro Opportunities Fund gain exposure to bitcoin by investing up to 10% of the fund’s net asset value in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust...

Everstone Capital to score benchmark returns from partial exit in Burger King India IPO

Everstone Capital, the largest private equity investor in the Indian restaurants segment, will clock neat returns in a partial exit from its seven-year investment in Burger King India Ltd through the fast-food chain’s initial public offering...

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