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As the UK has been suffering under the annual deluge of rain which accompanies the Wimbledon tennis tournament, I slipped away for a sunny weekend in Marrakech. While Dan is spending his time battling faux rabid lobsters, I was battling very real snake charmers armed with Cobras which were wrapped around the necks of unsuspecting […]
In this age of disposable fashion, the UK has three major shops that keep those on a limited budget on trend: H&M, Primark and New Look. Despite a huge increase in column inches in the fashion press it seems no one wants to meet the £2bn price tag that Apax and Permira have put on […]
Yesterday I spent three and a half hours in The Treasury Select Committee listening to Union Leaders and then Dominic Murphy of KKR, Philip Yea of 3i, Damon Buffini of Premira and Robert Easton of the Carlyle group give evidence. David Blitzer of Blackstone was also called before the Committee but sent a letter in […]
Today I will be reporting live-ish from the Treasury Select Committee, part of the UK parliament, as Damon Buffini, managing partner of Premira, Dominic Murphy, partner at KKR, Philip Yea, chief executive of 3i, Robert Easton, managing director of the Carlyle Group and David Blitzer, senior managing partner of Blackstone attempt to defend what the […]
Barclays Bank has decided to drop the eagle logo that it has used for 317 years in order to appease its merger partner ABN Amro which has concerns that the logo has Nazi connotations. “It is a rather Teutonic looking eagle,” said one insider. This isn’t strictly a private equity story, but it does highlight […]
The summer season is well under way in England, and today is the opening day of Ascot. But instead of skiving off to the track like most of the British chattering classes – I’m here blogging for you. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a flutter. One of the big stakes races today is […]
Peter Linthwaite has asked to stand down as chief executive of the BVCA – The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association – with immediate effect. Former BVCA chief executive John Mackie will return to the BVCA as a part-time consultant to help during the transitional period until the appointment of a new chief executive. […]
The buxom and beautiful Nicola Horlick has long been regarded as the City of London’s Queen Bee. She has worked in the fund management industry for over two decades and has participated in the growth of some of the UK’s premier asset management businesses, including Mercury Asset Management (now BlackRock), Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (now […]
The view here at the Russian Private Equity Forum is that leveraged buyouts in Russia are rare because of the high cost of capital in the country. But Eagle Venture Partners has launched a new fund in conjunction with VTB – Russia’s premier investment bank and with this strategic relationship in place the company is […]
I’m still here in Moscow reporting live from the C5 Russian and CIS Private Equity and Venture Capital forum. We have an interesting line-up today including Jan Dewijngaert, managing partner of Eagle Venture Partners who is currently discussing the best ways to structure deals for profitable and easy exits. Next up is Oleg Safonov, president […]

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