Blackstone, Hellman & Friedman and Permira are in talks to team up on a bid for eBay’s mostly European classifieds division sources familiar with the matter told Dealreporter, which covers mergers and acquisitions.
Other private equity firms interested in the business include Cinven, Apax, Silverlake and General Atlantic which may also look to team up with bidders. According to Dealreporter sources, an interim bidding round is scheduled for May 21.
It was believed the eBay Classifieds Group could fetch around $10 billion, but it is unclear if the valuation can still hold.
eBay has not responded to this report as it broke this afternoon. This is a developing story.
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