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Acquisitions

Inflexion Private Equity agrees DWF Group acquisition

Inflexion Private Equity Partners is buying UK-listed global law firm DWF Group in a recommended all-cash offer for £342 million, according to a report by Marketwatch. DWF shares rose 13% following the announcement on Friday. Its price had earlier risen after the legal and business services provider DWF and London-based

KKR closes in on specialist chemical maker Chase

KKR is nearing a deal to acquire chemical maker Chase for approximately $1.3 billion including debt, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The specialist chemical manufacturer – which has a market capitalization of $1.18 billon – gained 3% this week on the back of reports of a

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Apollo nearing takeover talks with John Wood Group

US private equity group Apollo is said to be close to opening talks with oil and gas engineering company John Wood Group regarding a £1.66 billion takeover, according to a report by The Times. YOU NEED TO LOGIN TO SEE THE CONTENT​ Username or Email Address Password Remember Me Log

Sweden’s EQT in talks with Dechra over cash bid

Swedish private equity firm EQT is in talks with Dechra Pharmaceuticals over a possible £4.6 billion cash bid, in a deal backed by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, according to a report by The Times. A takeover of Dechra, the FTSE 250 veterinary drugs company, would cap a rollercoaster period for

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Carlyle Group abandons healthcare analytics investment

The Carlyle Group has dropped its long-planned investment in healthcare analytics company Cotiviti, despite having lined up $5.5 billion in debt and a $1 billion preferred stock investment for the deal, according to a report by the Financial Times. Carlyle had reportedly sought to lower its purchase price late in

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CVC commits support for KKR’s acquisition of April Group

CVC Credit is supporting KKR’s acquisition of French insurance broker-distributor April Group with the commitment of senior credit facilities. CVC’s Private Equity business, through CVC Capital Partners Fund VII, acquired April – which is France’s second largest insurance broker-distributor with €1.5bn premiums in 2022 – in June 2019 from its

PE-backed Cooper Software makes German acquisition

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software specialist Cooper Software, which is backed by YFM Equity Partners (YFM), is building its reach in central Europe with the acquisition of German-based ERP consulting firm and IFS Applications specialist u:benit. The acquisition of the German-based business, which will trade as Cooper Software GmbH, is

Cairngorm Capital supports Verso Wealth Management’s acquisition of Pavis

Cairngorm Capital Partners portfolio company, Verso Wealth Management (Verso), has acquired Pavis Financial Management Limited (Pavis). Established in 1992, Pavis is a chartered financial planning firm based in Liverpool, serving private clients across the UK.  The addition of Pavis to the Verso group, adds scale to Verso’s network and creates

Francisco Partners makes majority investment in GAINSystems

GAINSystems, a provider of cloud-based supply chain planning solutions, has secured a majority investment from Francisco Partners, a global investment firm that specialises in partnering with technology businesses. The investment follows an initial strategic growth investment from Francisco Partners in July 2020. With the investment, Francisco Partners will become the

Softline acquires majority stake in SoftClub

Softline is to acquire a majority stake in SoftClub (SCGroup Investments Limited), a fintech developer of integrated solutions for banks, e-commerce, and stock exchanges in Central and Eastern Europe. The company – considered by industry experts to be amongst the top-100 software firms in the world – has one of

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