Private equity deals

April 24, 2013, 5:59 PM UTC

EQT Partners and GIC are expecting bids from five different private equity firms for its German specialty publisher Springer Science+Business Media, according to Reuters. The deal could be valued at upwards of €4 billion, with offers expected from The Calrlye Group, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and Providence Equity Partners. www.eqt.se

Birch Hill Equity Partners has agreed to acquire Softchoice Corp. (TSX: SO), a Toronto-based provider of IT infrastructure solutions to enterprise and government customers in the U.S. and Canada. The deal is valued at approximately C$412 million, or C$20 per share (24% premium to Monday’s closing price). www.softchoice.com

The Carlyle Group
 has completed its $655.5 million, or $15.52 per share, take-private buyout of Duff & Phelps Corp., a New York-based financial advisory and investment banking firm. The purchasing group also includes Stone Point Capital, Pictet & Cie and Edmond de Rothschild Group.www.duffandphelps.com

Intermediate Capital Group has agreed to acquire Danish food services company Euro Cater fromAltor Equity Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. A group of Euro Cater employees is reinvesting alongside ICG. www.euro-cater.com

KPS Capital Partners has agreed to acquire the Thilmany Papers business unit of Packaging Dynamics Corp. for an undisclosed amount. Packaging Dynamics is a Chicago-based portfolio company of Kohlberg & Co., while Thilmany Papers is a Kaukauna, Wis.-based maker and distributor of specialty papers. No financial terms were disclosed. www.thilmany.com

Warburg Pincus has acquired just under a 50% stake in INEA, a Polish cable television and broadband operator. No financial terms were disclosed. www.inea.pl

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