Europe buyout firms eye IPOs as stock mkts thaw

Reuters – European private equity firms are keen to start bringing their best-performing portfolio companies to market, encouraged by early successes on the other side of the Atlantic.

Last week KKR successfully listed semiconductor business Avago Technologies Ltd and is considering listing a number of other companies as markets warm to new arrivals.

”It is not clear yet whether there will be an IPO window but we believe that there may be an opportunity for strong resilient businesses to float in the first half of next year,” said Kurt Bjoerklund, co-managing partner of Permira.

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