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Private-equity money does not like messy deals. It is generally attracted to corporate money pots from which dividends can be scooped and an exit strategy signposted.

11th February, 2006

Private-equity money does not like messy deals. It is generally attracted to corporate money pots from which dividends can be scooped and an exit strategy signposted.

The private equity sale of Eircom in late 2001 and its resale less than three years later was one of Europe’s most lucrative deals for private equity money.

The refloating of Eircom in March 2004 allowed its private equity owners Tony O’Reilly, Providence and George Soros to exit...

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