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Private Equity Takes Stake

2:41 PM MDT | July 18, 2007 | Robert Westervelt Robw@Chemweek.Com

Two deals last week demonstrate how private equity continues to reshape the industry’s landscape by assembling and building leading industry franchises. CVC Capital Partners’ (London) agreement to acquire Univar for about €1.52 billion ($2.1 billion) would further increase the number of top chemical distributors under private ownership (p. 6). Apollo Management’s (New York) agreement, through its Hexion Specialty Chemicals subsidiary, to acquire Huntsman for $10.6 billion, would create a $14-billion/year global differentiated and specialty...

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