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France’s Ligue 1 attracting PE interest

Four separate private equity firms are considering a cEUR1.5 billion bid to acquire a stake in Ligue 1 – the top professional football league in France – according to a report by the Financial Times.

CVC Capital Partners, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake and Oaktree Capital are all said to be preparing formal bids for a take in a newly created company that will market Ligue 1’s TV and online broadcast rights.

Silver Lake is already involved in football through its holding in City Football Group, the owner of Manchester City and a stake in the French Ligue 1 club ES Troyes. French Ligue 2 club Caen meanwhile, is a portfolio company of Oaktree, with the firm having also provided financing for Italian club Inter Milan.

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