UK buyout firm Apax mulls Travelex exit -sources

Private equity group Apax Partners is considering selling its stake in London-based foreign exchange firm Travelex in the form of a probable initial public offering (IPO), according to two sources.

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Banco de Chile top shareholder to sell up to around $1B in shares

LQ Inversiones Financieras, Banco de Chile's majority shareholder, will sell up to 6.9 billion shares equivalent to $963 million. The exit deal would reduce LQ's stake in the Chilean lender from 58.4% to 51%.

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UK private equity firm CVC exits $216M Matas stake

UK-based private equity group CVC Capital Partners has exited a 19.4% stake in Denmark-based firm Matas for DKK1.18 billion ($216 million), according to the Danish beauty retailer on Friday.

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Norway's Statoil to seek overseas acquisitions as state cashes out

Norway's state-controlled Statoil is reportedly studying overseas acquisitions that could dilute the state's shareholding in the petroleum company. The Norwegian government is seeking to cut its stake in Statoil from 67% to 51%.

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Hellman & Friedman mulls over sale of Catalina Marketing Corp.

Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman is reportedly considering to sell Catalina Marketing Corp. in a deal that could fetch $2 billion to $2.5 billion. Catalina provides customer-driven marketing services to over 25,000 grocery, drug and department stores in the US.

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Metalmark Capital-backed Healogics exploring $1B sale

Healogics Inc.,owned by private equity firm Metalmark Capital, is reportedly considering a sale that could value the wound care services provider at $1 billion. Goldman Sachs Group has been tapped to find a buyer.

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Drug majors Novartis, Merck in talks to trade business units

Pharma giants Novartis International AG and Merck & Co. Inc. are reportedly negotiating an asset trade of about $5 billion each. Novartis wants to exchange its animal health and human vaccines businesses for Merck's over-the-counter health products unit.

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India's Lanco Infratech mulls sale of Australian unit to help pay back debt- sources

India-based Lanco Infratech Ltd is considering a sale of its Australian unit, Griffin Coal Mining Co, so it could help pay debt, according to sources interviewed by Bloomberg.

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Apollo mulls over exit of Lighthouse owner HFA Holdings -sources

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management is looking to exit its investment in Australia-based fund-of-hedge-fund manager HFA Holdings. HFA is the owner of investment manager Lighthouse Investment Partners.

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Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International halts sale of loss-making Hungarian subsidiary

Raiffeisen Bank International reportedly aborted plans to sell its loss-making Hungarian business, saying that selling the asset at a knock-down price would trigger losses it was not prepared to accept.

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Norwegian paper manufacturer Norske Skog agrees to offload remaining stake in Brazilian unit for $37M

Norway-based newsprint and magazine paper manufacturer Norske Skog inked an agreement to exit its remaining stake in its Brazilian operations to Papeles Bio Bio SA for $37 million.

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Citizens Financial Group to exit retail branches in Chicago area to US Bancorp

Citizens Financial Group, a unit of the Royal Bank of Scotland, said it had agreed to exit its Chicago area retail branches and small business operations to US Bancorp.

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Chuck E. Cheese's parent CEC Entertainment eyes sale to private equity firm

CEC Entertainment, which operates 567 Chuck E. Cheese's stores in 47 states in the US, is reportedly mulling over a possible sale to private equity firm. CEC has a market capitalization of around $760 million.

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Goldman Sachs infrastructure fund sells 49pct stake in SSA Marine's parent company

GS Infrastructure Partners, controlled by investment bank Goldman Sachs Group, has sold its 49% stake in FRS Capital Corp., the ultimate parent company of SSA Marine. SSA Marine is one of the world's largest privately held port operators.

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E-learning company Skillsoft explores $2B sale, including debt -sources

Skillsoft Ltd., which provides electronic learning solutions to over 6,000 customers worldwide, is reportedly seeking a sale that would value it at $2 billion, including debt. Skillsoft is owned by private equity firms Berkshire Partners, Advent International Corp. and Bain Capital.

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