Acquisitions News: 2008

Wed, 31 Dec 2008: ECI, a UK mid-market buyout house has agreed to sell Racal Acoustics, which makes soldiers’ headsets for the military, to Esterline Technologies...
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Wed, 24 Dec 2008: Software firm Amteus may be forced to find additional funding or put itself up for sale if its sales continue to be lower than expected. The company h...
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Wed, 24 Dec 2008: The Officers Club, UK menswear retailer, followed Whittard of Chelsea into administration last night. 118 of its 150 stores were sold to its chief executive and the reminder 32 stores will be closed down....
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Wed, 24 Dec 2008: The Whittard of Chelsea chain of shops has been sold to a private equity firm after going into administration....
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Tue, 23 Dec 2008: Management at Informa are reviewing its businesses as it considers ways to reduce its debt to below £1bn. It is most likely that some businesses will be sold, which may include Informa's performance improvement arm. The training business, which operates mainly in the US, has a value of £202m. Informa's half-year results in July, recorded its ne...
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Tue, 23 Dec 2008: Clapham House, the restaurant group behind Gourmet Burger Kitchen, has received offers from three private equity buyers....
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Tue, 23 Dec 2008: Aviva has sold its vehicle checking services business, HPI Limited with £112m in assets, to Solera Holdings, the US private equity-backed claims...
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Mon, 22 Dec 2008: Spice, a utility support services provider, has bought National Energy Industry Fuel Efficiency Services, a consultant to the energy and environment s...
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Fri, 19 Dec 2008: The Competition Commission has approved the sale of Dairy Crest's Millway subsidiary to rival Stilton maker Long Clowson, as the loss-making Mill...
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Wed, 17 Dec 2008: Tom Dunn Limited, a company which shreds and bales used tyres for recycling, has gone into administration with the loss of 30 jobs. International acco...
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Tue, 16 Dec 2008: Business travel company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has bought out its Irish partner agency, Executive Travel, which has a turnover in the region of &eu...
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Tue, 16 Dec 2008: Royal Bank of Scotland is unlikely to sell its insurance units after struggling to attract bids. The units, which include the Direct Line and Churchil...
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Tue, 16 Dec 2008: Kornicis Group, a NBGI Private Equity-backed restaurant business has bought Smollensky's Bar & Grill brand. Kornicis now has 19 bars and rest...
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Tue, 16 Dec 2008: Cadbury's is preparing to sell of its Australia Beverages business to allow it to concentrate on confectionery. It has been suggested that a sale...
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Mon, 15 Dec 2008: Tour operator Thomas Cook is set to buy lastminute.com's Med Hotels chain for an undisclosed sum. It is thought that after the deal, the online t...
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Fri, 12 Dec 2008: Serco is to acquire InfoVision Group, the Indian business process outsourcing firm with 10,000 staff, for an initial £13m....
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Fri, 12 Dec 2008: Discussions are being held between ministers and regulators about a possible merger between BBC Worldwide, the commercial division of the public broad...
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Fri, 12 Dec 2008: Brulines, a liquid dispensing monitoring firm, has acquired remote vending machine software group Vianet from administrators for an undisclosed sum....
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Thu, 11 Dec 2008: Humberts is to merge with Chesterton to create a combined chain of 57 estate agency offices, following the acquisition of the remaining 50% in Chester...
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Thu, 11 Dec 2008: Wyndeham Press, the printing company, is to be acquired by venture capital firm Walstead Investments in a £17m deal, and up to 163 jobs will be ...
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