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Etsy, marketplace for handmade goods, to file for IPO

Etsy Inc, a global marketplace for handmade goods and crafts supplies, is planning an initial public offering that could take place as soon as this quarter, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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Cirque du Soleil hires Goldman Sachs to look for partner

Canadian performance company Cirque du Soleil has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) to help in its previously disclosed effort to find a strategic partner, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday.

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Goldman Sachs in talks to acquire ETF provider IndexIQ

Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) is in discussions to acquire IndexIQ, a Rye Brook, New York-based exchange-traded fund provider, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Carlyle to sell $290M stake in Hong Kong's Haier Electronics -IFR

Washington, US-based private equity firm Carlyle Group plans to raise $290 million by selling 100 million shares in Hong Kong-based home appliance maker Haier Electronics Group Ltd, according to IFR.

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Hedge funds increase gold bets despite declines forecast- report

Hedge funds have increased their bullish gold bets amid predictions given by analysts that the price of the bullion will continue to go down this year, Bloomberg reported.

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TPG-backed IMS Health to raise up to $100M in New York IPO

IMS Health Holdings, which is backed by private equity fund TPG Capital Funds LP, Leonard Green & Partners LP and pension fund Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it intends to raise as much as $100 million in a listing at the New York Stock Exchange.

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At least half a dozen banks vie to finance possible Sprint bid for T-Mobile -sources

Sprint chairman and SoftBank chief executive Masayoshi Son was reportedly meeting senior bank executives in New York. Sources said that banks are readying proposals for financing a bid by Sprint Corp. for T-Mobile US.

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Darden bows to activist investor pressure, to spin off or sell Red Lobster chain

Restaurant operator Darden Restaurants on Thursday announced that it intends to spin off or sell its Red Lobster chain, succumbing to pressure by activist investor Barington Capital Group. Barington owns over 2% stake in Darden.

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Moncler to raise a total of €784M in IPO after selling more shares

Italian clothier Moncler is expected to raise a total of about €784 million in its initial public offering after arranging banks Goldman Sachs Group, Bank of American Merrill Lynch and Mediobanca exercised the listing's greenshoe over-allotment option.

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Hutchison chooses BoA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, HSBC to manage A.S. Watson float

Hutchison Whampoa, a conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has picked Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and HSBC to manage the proposed listing of A.S. Watson in Hong Kong and London.

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IMS Health hires JPMorgan to lead 2014 IPO

TPG Capital, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Leonard Green & Partners have hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. to lead the initial public offering of the healthcare information company.

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Restaurant and arcade chain Dave & Buster's mulls over sale or IPO

Dallas-based restaurant and arcade operator Dave & Buster's is looking to exit from the company through a sale or an initial public offering. Dave & Buster's is controlled by private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners.

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PAG invests $250M in Universal Studios Japan

Asian buyout firm PAG has committed $250 million in theme park operator Universal Studios Japan. The said fund will be used to develop a new Harry Potter attraction and expand into other parts of Asia.

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Top deals of the day - bids, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Wednesday, including Fortum, National Vision, Saipem, CTT, MTS, Southern Pacific, Warrnambool, Verbund, Bakkafrost, Popular and Marathon Oil.

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Thoma Bravo looking to sell software companies Hyland, LANDesk

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is considering to put up for sale two software companies in its portfolio, Hyland and LANDesk. This week, Thoma Bravo sold Digital Insight to NCR Corp. for USD1.6 billion.

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