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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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

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