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Private equity firm ECP buys majority stake in Kenya's Artcaffe

NAIROBI, Dec 19 Africa-focussed private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners said on Wednesday it has acquired a majority stake in Kenyan restaurant chain Artcaffe Group, the latest sign of growing international private equity investor interest in East Africa.

Kuwait's Agility in talks with banks to raise around $800 mln -CEO

KUWAIT, Dec 19 Kuwait's Agility, one of the largest Gulf logistics companies, is in talks with banks to raise around $800 million in debt as it plans to grow its business, including expanding its global warehouse capacity, the company's chief executive told Reuters.

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Tencent-backed broker Futu confidentially files for up to $500 mln US IPO - sources

HONG KONG, Dec 19 Futu Securities International, a Hong Kong-based online brokerage firm backed by Tencent Holdings, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering (IPO) of up to $500 million, people with knowledge of the matter said.

UPDATE 1-Civitas to sell itself to Centerbridge Partners for $641 mln

Dec 18 Home healthcare provider Civitas Solutions Inc said on Tuesday it would sell itself to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners L.P. in a deal valued at $641 million.

Financials, Healthcare, Dec 18 2018

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Dec 18 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday:

UPDATE 2-Musk's SpaceX to raise $500 mln in funding - WSJ

Dec 18 Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX Corp is set to raise $500 million at a $30.5 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the fundraising plan.

Activist fund raises stake in Lagardere above 5 percent

PARIS, Dec 18 Activist investment fund Amber Capital has raised its stake in Lagardere above 5 percent, France's stock and bond regulator said Tuesday.

Financials Dec 18 2018

UPDATE 1-NordLB in talks to sell ship loans to Cerberus, stake in bank - sources

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Dec 18 German public sector bank NordLB is in exclusive talks to sell the last of its soured shipping loans to Cerberus, while also talking to Cerberus and rival Centerbridge about a potential investment in the bank, sources close to the matter said.

U.S.-based Carlyle seeks to double stake in India's PNB Housing - report

Dec 18 U.S-based private equity firm Carlyle Group LP is looking to double its stake in Indian housing finance company PNB Housing Finance Ltd, Bloomberg Quint reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

NordLB eyes ships sale to Cerberus, two suitors for bank stake -sources

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Dec 18 German public sector bank NordLB has entered exclusive talks with Cerberus over its remaining sour ship loans, while continuing negotiations with the private equity group as well as peer investor Centerbridge over the sale of a stake in the bank, sources close to the matter said.

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