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Buy-out groups set for deal rush

Private equity dealmaking will soon roar back to the feverish levels seen at the height of the credit bubble from 2005 to 2007, according to the chief executive of 3i.

Michael Queen said that after a two-year hiatus, private equity groups were poised for a rush of deals, as they buy more companies from each other and from big corporate groups that are shifting strategy.

“In the last two years we have seen an extraordinary low level of transactions due to the uncertainty created by the financial crisis,” said Mr Queen, who replaced Philip Yea as 3i boss at the start of 2009.

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Author:Martin Arnold,