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  • *Carlyle bought 55 percent stake in Vermillion* Paid with cash and shares in itself* Deal represents major expansion within alternative assets By Greg Roumeliotis and Josephine Mason.

  • By Greg Roumeliotis and Josephine Mason. NEW YORK, Oct 2- Carlyle Group LP said on Tuesday it had bought a majority stake in a commodities-trading hedge fund manager, its biggest leap yet in an expansion that has seen it diversify from private equity into other alternative asset classes.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Carlyle Group LP said on Tuesday it would buy a majority stake in a commodities-trading hedge fund manager, its biggest leap yet in an expansion that has seen it diversify from private equity into other alternative asset classes.

  • By Arno Schuetze and Harro Ten Wolde. FRANKFURT, Oct 2- A first call for bids for the German cell phone towers of Dutch telecoms group KPN has drawn offers from strategic and financial investors, three people familiar with the process said. as well as French television network operator TDF Group and Antin Infrastructure Partners are still in the race.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- BMC Software Inc is exploring a potential sale of the company and has retained Bank of America Merrill Lynch to assist with the strategic review, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • Oct 1- BMC Software Inc is looking to sell itself and has retained Bank of America Merrill Lynch to help find a buyer, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The company's shares were up 4.3 percent at $43.26 in afternoon trade on the Nasdaq.

  • *Acteon valued at 800- 900 mln stg- sources. LONDON, Oct 1- Private equity group First Reserve has sold UK offshore oil and gas services group Acteon to rival KKR, one of two European deals on Monday to fan hopes that private equity firms can still make profitable sales.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Private equity investor KKR. Other private equity firms have been active in the sector too, with Apollo leading a consortium to buy El Paso Corp's oil and gas exploration business in February. Morgan Cazenove and Simmons& Company International jointly advised First Reserve and Acteon while HSBC advised KKR.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Private equity group KKR has bought oil and gas services group Acteon from rival First Reserve as it beefs up its investment in energy and infrastructure businesses. Texas- based private equity firm White Deer Energy will take a minority stake alongside KKR, with the remainder of the company owned by management, the groups said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Acteon Group:. *Acteon Group announces change in ownership: First Reserve Corporation sells. *Acteon Group- executive management team will remain in place, further terms.

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