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Blackstone, Icahn have Dell in sights

Private equity giant Blackstone and activist investor Carl Icahn are preparing formal bids for US computer company Dell, according to reports at the weekend.

Dell deal may face challenge

Wall Street was abuzz with rumours tonight that Blackstone, the private-equity giant, could step in to challenge Michael Dell's plans to take his Dell computer business private in a $24.4bn (£16bn) deal that sparked opposition from a number of independent shareholders.

Activist Icahn tries to derail $24bn Dell deal

It took months for Michael Dell to put together the $24bn (£16bn) deal to take Dell, the computer manufacturer he founded, private with support from the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft. But now the buyout is mired in uncertainty after Carl Icahn, the activist investor, joined a number of large shareholders in opposing the deal.

Dell's 31 per cent profits dip highlights need to go private

Dell has posted a 31 per cent drop in quarterly profits, with the declines in its consumer business underlining the reasons behind Michael Dell's $24bn (£15.5bn) bid to take the company into private trading.

Fund manager rejects Dell offer

The American fund manager T Rowe Price is the latest Dell shareholder to oppose plans to take the company private, saying the $13.65 per share offered by co-founder Michael Dell and the private equity group Silver Lake Partners is not high enough.

Michael Dell takes computer company he founded private following $24bn deal

Michael Dell has agreed a $24.4bn (£15.5bn) deal to take the computer company he founded almost 30 years ago private – ending weeks of speculation about its future.

Computer company Dell will become a private company in $24bn deal

The world's No. 3 computer maker will receive investment from Microsoft Corp and private equity firm Silver Lake among others

Ailing Dell on track for £15bn buyout

Dell, the once-mighty PC giant that has been struggling as consumers switch to smartphones and tablets, could within days be the subject of a management buyout aimed taking it private as its founder, Michael Dell, seeks to reposition the ailing business.

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Microsoft may invest $3bn in Dell private equity buyout

Microsoft was tonight thought to be mulling a possible investment of between $1bn and $3bn (£1.9bn) to help take Dell private, as speculation swirls regarding a potential $25bn leveraged buyout of the PC manufacturer.

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