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Investor launches buyout of Nigeria’s third-largest diagnostics chain

Listed Nigerian lab and imaging group Union Diagnostics, the country's third-largest by revenue, is the target of a majority buyout by its largest single shareholder. We talk to a well-placed source about the Nigerian diagnostics market which has five big players, including European and GCC diagnostic operators Synlab, IDH and Cerba which entered recently. 

Advent ‘pulls out of Dentix deal’

Reports from Spain suggest Spain’s biggest dental chain by revenue, Dentix, has an uncertain future after a rescue plan by Vitaldent owner Advent fell through.

Bankers discuss Elsan sale prospects

We talk to senior banking figures about the approaching sale of French hospital group Elsan by CVC Capital Partners. One reckons a quiet "deal within the French establishment" is likely while another says the obvious strategic buyer should not be ruled out.

Dutch physiotherapy group makes plans to go national

Dutch physiotherapy specialist TopzorgGroep has recently gained new investor. HBI talks to a Netherlands-based consultant about how the group could become a notable player in a largely chain-free market.

Will Bergman buy big before prospective sale?

Rumours persist that Bergman Clinic, the Dutch and Nordic ambulatory and ophthalmology clinic chain, is looking to sell and may have one large acquisition in its sights ahead of any process starting. HBI speaks briefly to two banking sources, and a Netherlands-based advisor to find out more.

Nordic Capital ‘buying SpaMedica’

European-focused PE firm Nordic Capital is reportedly buying SpaMedica, the UK's largest cataract surgery provider, in a deal that values the ophthalmic group at around £300m.

Asklepios moves on Rhoen – but is offer generous enough?

Germany's second-largest private hospital group Asklepios plans to launch a takeover of listed competitor Rhoen Klinikum in partnership with Rhoen's founder Eugene Muench. But Rhoen's shares have now risen above the offer price indicating this is far from a done deal.

Ameos acquires Swiss non-profit hospital

PE backed Swiss hospital and psychiatric group Ameos has acquired a majority stake in a not-for-profit hospital, its second facility in the country. The group, predominantly present in Germany and Austria, is taking advantage of a challenging climate in the Swiss hospital sector which is putting many small hospitals in financial trouble.

Primo Group and CareDent merge

For-profit dental groups CareDent and Primo Group have merged, creating a new number two player by revenue in Italy.

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