The Carlyle Group, in Partnership with Palamon Capital Partners, has Acquired DBG (UK) Limited

The Carlyle Group, in Partnership with Palamon Capital Partners, has Acquired
                               DBG (UK) Limited

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, April 18, 2013

LONDON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Palamon
Capital Partners today announced the acquisition of DBG (UK) Limited ("dbg")
from Synova Capital. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Operating for over 20 years, dbg is a specialist healthcare support services
provider of training, compliance support, engineering services, materials and
equipment. Using a membership-based model, dbg works alongside over 8,000
dental, GP and veterinary practices throughout the UK, and is headquartered in
Winsford, Cheshire. 

Eric Kump, Managing Director at Carlyle said " dbg is a well-established
business delivering clear benefits  to  its members, cus to mers and
suppliers. Carlyle and Palamon have a strong track record in this sec to r,
having acquired Integrated Dental Holdings ( " IDH " ) in 2011. While the two
businesses will be part of the same investment vehicle, dbg will remain
independent and will benefit from the expertise of the inves to rs. " 

Jonathan Heathcote, Partner at Palamon, added " The existing management team
has done a great job of delivering strong business performance and we look
forward  to  building on this in the future as we explore the further growth
opportunities in this sec to r. "

Speaking on the transaction, Managing Director of dbg, Kanesh Khilosia,
commented " We are delighted  to  be partnering with Carlyle and Palamon.
They strongly support our strategy  to  continue  to  grow and diversify
dbg ' s services and support our members whose interests remain first and
foremost. Carlyle and Palamon bring a wealth of sec to r experience, which
will build upon that of the existing management. The prospect of greater
co-operation with IDH, which operates the largest healthcare practise network
in the  UK , will significantly add  to  our ability  to  provide a
superior, cost effective service  to  our members. "

Philip Shapiro, Managing Partner at Synova commented " We are very pleased
with the completion of our successful investment in dbg. Since we acquired dbg
in 2010, the membership base has more than doubled and profits have
trebled.We thank the dbg management team and staff for their valuable
contribution and hard work. Carlyle and Palamon have a clear vision and
ability  to  continue this growth. "

Notes  to  edi to rs

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $170
billion of assets under management across 113 funds and 67 fund of fund
vehicles as of December 31, 2012. Carlyle's purpose is to invest wisely and
create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pension
funds. Carlyle invests across four segments - Corporate Private Equity, Real
Assets, Global Market Strategies and Fund of Funds Solutions - in Africa,
Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.
Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense &
government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services,
healthcare, industrial, technology & business services, telecommunications &
media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs 1,400 people in 33 offices
across six continents.

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About Palamon Capital Partners

Palamon Capital Partners, LP is an independent private equity Partnership
founded in 1999, which is focused on providing equity for European growth
services companies. Palamon, as a pan-European investor, originates, executes
and manages investments in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden,
France, and Germany. The Firm targets investments in companies where it can
achieve double digit growth and where the Partnership's experienced principals
can provide strategic direction and support to help build equity value. The
Firm manages Palamon European Equity, L.P. and Palamon European Equity II,
L.P., capitalised at €1.1 billion dedicated to growth investment opportunities
in Europe's lower mid-market. 

For more information on Palamon refer to

About Synova Capital

Synova invests in smaller UK growth opportunities with a particular focus on
companies valued at between £5m and £30m. Key verticals include Business
Services, Software & IT Services, Consumer & Leisure and Healthcare &

For more information on Synova Capital refer to

Contact: Enquiries: The Carlyle Group Catherine Armstrong, T: +44-20-7894-1632; Palamon Capital
Partners: Jonathan Heathcote, Annette Wilson, T: +44-20-7766-2000; Synova Capital: Philip Shapiro,, T: +44(0)20-7491-5705
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