Permira to build new imaging services provider

Private equity house Permira is backing a merger between Mesa Medical, a Pan-European supplier of third party maintenance and used imaging kit, and Asteral, which is the largest provider of managed equipment services around imaging equipment in the UK. The deal will alarm suppliers like Siemens, GE and Philips.

Interview: Peter Lackner, Director, Uniqa International

Peter Lackner is a board member at Vienna-based pan-European general insurer Uniqa International. Uniqa has over half the €1.7bn Austrian 2011 private medical insurance (PMI) market, with €814m of premiums written in 2011. The company sells PMI in nine of its 16 East European operations. It also owns PremiQaMed, the largest private hospital chain in Austria. We talk with Lackner about the prospects for PMI in the region and Uniqa's country-by-country performance.

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