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  • Spotless Group Limited acquires the UK’s Event Management Catering Limited

    Spotless Group Limited reported it had made strategic investments in the UK. The Group said it has made further strategic inroads into the UK Leisure, Sports & Entertainment sector through the acquisition of privately-owned Event Management Catering Limited (EMC). Spotless is keen on retaining the current EMC management team.

  • American based CoorsTek Inc acquires Manchester based Flowguard pressure control business

    US based CoorsTek Inc reported it had acquired the UK based Flowguard pressure control business. CoorsTek Inc. is a large technical ceramics supplier and manufacturer of heavy-duty pulsation mitigation equipment for the oil and gas industries. The Flowguard pressure business is situated in Manchester, England.

  • Cryptzone acquires UK based policy management software firm NETconsent

    The Cryptzone Group Tuesday announced the acquisition of the UK’s foremost policy management software provider NETconsent. The investment marks Cryptzone Group's entry into a new sector of the IT Security market and is a further step in its strategy and commitment to delivering best-of-breed data protection solutions to corporate and commercial customers.

  • Bahrain based Tadhamon Capital acquires the UK’s Coxlease Special Needs School

    Tadhamon Capital announced Monday it had acquired the UK’s Coxlease School through a group of investors. The Bahrain based Tadhamon Capital undertook the investment valued at £17.5 million ($28 million). Tadhamon Capital advised on the transaction and acted as an arranger of the financing.

  • Peel Group acquires major shareholding in leading UK shopping centre owner Capital Shopping Centers Group

    Peel Group announced it had gone into an agreement that will see it acquire a major shareholding in Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc (CSC). Capital Shopping Centres Group plc is the leading UK shopping centre owner. Its majority stake will be acquired by Peel Group via an equity investment of £75 million and the transfer of ownership of the £1.65 billion Trafford Centre, Manchester.

  • Trelleborg acquires the UK’s Watts Tyre Group

    In a press release Thursday, Trelleborg, through its Trelleborg Wheel Systems business unit, reported it had signed an agreement for the acquisition of the UK’s Watts Tyre Group, which has annual sales of approximately SEK 300 M and about 230 employees.

    Watts Tyre Group is currently a major player in global terms for industrial tires. This acquisition strengthens Trelleborg’s world-leading position in industrial tires, through geographic expansion and an increased presence in the aftermarket.

  • Global BPO firm Arvato Services acquires UK based provider of debt recovery and management services, Credit Solutions

    Global business process outsourcing firm Arvato Services Thursday acquired the UK’s Credit Solutions. The UK firm is a provider of debt recovery and management services. Arvato is keen on reinforcing its business process outsourcing operations in the UK and expects the acquisition of Credit Solutions to strengthen its offering in the UK market.

  • SAS acquires UK based global leading firm in intelligence management solutions Memex

    SAS reported it had acquired the UK based global leading firm in intelligence management solutions crucial in enhancing intelligence processes Memex. Based in Scotland, Memex is a globally renowned developer of intelligence management solutions that as well enhance public safety and prevent and deter crime, terrorism amongst other security threats.

  • Religare Capital Markets Ltd acquires UK operations of Barnard Jacobs Mellet

    A Religare Enterprises Ltd unit Tuesday announced the completion of its acquisition of South African based Barnard Jacobs Mellet’s UK operations. Religare Capital Markets Ltd is the investment banking and institutional securities arm of Religare Enterprises Ltd. It purchased the UK based operations of the South African financial services firm Barnard Jacobs Mellet.

  • MWH Global to acquire U.K. based water construction and engineering firm Biwater Services

    The global wet infrastructure sector leader and provider of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services, MWH Global, announced Monday it has signed a definitive agreement with Biwater Holdings Limited to acquire its U.K. based subsidiary Biwater Services Limited.

  • Crane Co. in an effort to bolster its merchandising systems business

    Crane Co. has acquired England based money controls unit of vending machine maker Ca-Mc Acquisition Co. Crane Co. is based in Stamford and is a diversified manufacturer of industrial products. Just recently, the firm added a line of coin hoppers, coin acceptors and bill validators to its portfolio by purchasing the money controls unit of Ca-Mc Acquisition Co. Crane Co’s latest addition is expected to have $62 million in revenue this year, and is expected to be neutral to Crane’s 2011 earnings and positive to 2012 earnings.

  • US based asset manager Franklin Templeton acquires Rensburg Sheppards' fund management subsidiary

    Franklin Templeton, the US based asset manager has acquired a fund management subsidiary of Rensburg Sheppards. Earlier this year, Rensburg was acquired by Investec earlier this year. The firm viewed the Leeds-based unit trust business as non-core. The US firm gains from the investment a reliable UK equity business, a move crucial in its UK operations.

  • British Gas New Energy buys assets of Cool Planet Technologies Ltd

    Centrica plc subsidiary British Gas New Energy Thursday announced the purchase of Cool Planet Technologies Ltd’s assets. British Gas New Energy said it had acquired the renewable energy firm’s assets for about 0.5 million pounds. Cool Planet Technologies Limited is a heat pump installation company. The investment consideration was paid in cash, said British Gas New Energy.

  • NBC Universal International buys the UK’s production house Monkey Kingdom

    NBC Universal International Tuesday reported it had acquired the UK based Monkey Kingdom, a production company with titles such as The Charlotte Church Show, Comedy Roasts and My Kind of Town under its name. Monkey Kingdom’s credits are non-scripted and are normally entertainment fare like the ones mentioned earlier.

  • TSL Education Ltd acquires UK based Electronics Blackboard Ltd (i-board)

    TSL Education Ltd Tuesday announced it had bought Electronics Blackboard Ltd (i-board). Electronics Blackboard Ltd is a UK based firm that develops education software. TSL Education said the move consolidates its position as the market leading provider of education teaching resources. TSL already provides over 40,000 free teaching resources and over 2.3 million downloads from its TES Connect site every month.

  • UK Property Company Hansteen pledges to maintain its vigorous acquisition plans

    Hansteen Monday reiterated it will stick to its vigorous investment expansion plans, in spite of the wider lull in the real estate market. The UK property firm vowed to maintain the acquisition drive, but to share the gains of rising income profits with investors. The UK property market is experiencing a chill but the firm has reiterated it will remain steadfast with its strategy.

  • Newsweek magazine merges with news website The Daily Beast

    Newsweek magazine announced it had agreed on a merger with news website The Daily Beast. Former Vanity Fair magazine editor Tina Brown co-founded The Daily Beast two years ago and said the two companies would be a powerful dual platform. Newsweek, established in 1933, was sold by the Washington Post to businessman Sidney Harman.

  • Hut Group buys out the UK’s biggest online Health and Beauty retailer Lookfantastic Group

    The Hut Group reported it had acquired the UK’s biggest online Health and Beauty retailer, the Lookfantastic Group. Hut Group paid around 19.4 million pounds for the retailer, in a move in line with its strategy to position itself as one of Europe’s biggest online players. Under the terms of the deal, Lookfantastic shareholders will get the investment amount, 19.4 million pounds in a mixture of cash and equity.

  • Daisy Group announces purchase of SpiriTel for £37 million

    In a move that marks its biggest ever buy to date; the Daisy Group announced it had purchased SpiriTel, a service provider for an investment pegged at £37 million. Daisy Group’s investment amount, the £37 million is inclusive of repayment of debt facilities from Clydesdale Bank. The Clydesdale Bank has financed SpiriTel’s buy and build strategy since 2007.

  • US based Hollywood production firm Warner Bros buys Home to the Harry Porter Movies, the Leavesden Studios

    US based Hollywood production firm Warner Bros announced it had bought Britain’s Leavesden Studios, home to the famous Harry Porter films. Warner Bros said it will put some 100 million pounds into the expansion of the Studios, a move that will create about 1,800 jobs. Warner Bros Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Barry Meyer noted that for 86 years, Warner Bros has been inherently involved in film production in the UK and the purchase demonstrates the firm’s long-term commitment to, and confidence in, the skills and creativity of the UK film industry.

  • Qatar Insurance Services acquires London based RI3K, a privately-held web-based insurance and reinsurance trading platform

    Qatar Insurance Services said it has acquired Reinsurance and Insurance for the 3rd Millennium (R13K), a London based privately held web-based insurance and reinsurance trading platform. Qatar Insurance Services is a Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) based owner of Qatarlyst, and expects the investment to accelerate the development of the QFC as one of the foremost hubs for reinsurance in the GCC region.

  • Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan jointly bid for Britain’s HS1

    OMERS Worldwide infrastructure arm Borealis Infrastructure, or Borealis and Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan went into a joint purchase bid for Britain’s High Speed 1 (HS1) project. The two firms stated they had agreed on a binding contract for the purchase of High Speed 1, Britain’s only high speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel. The announcement of the purchase comes in the wake of the competitive tender process that was launched by the UK government, with a number of major global infrastructure firms taking part.

  • Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in a stormy battle for full control of BSkyB

    News Corp. owned and controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch has launched a stormy battle for a 100 per cent of the UK’s satellite TV and news provider BSkyB. The TV firm is one of the most TV and news outlet firm in the UK and is partly owned by News Corp. Murdoch’s bid to have the remaining 60.9 per cent stake he does not already own has however encountered stiff opposition, as competition concerns are raised.

  • US based Huron Consulting Group Inc buys London based TRILANTIC International Limited

    US based leading provider of business consulting services Huron Consulting Services Friday announced it had acquired London based Trilantic International Ltd. Trilantic International Ltd is one of the foremost e-discovery businesses in London and offers quality developed technology solutions to its customers in Europe and the Middle East. The purchase further enhances the Company’s discovery offerings for clients globally.