Apax Partners, Permira in Advanced Talks for Clal, Globes Says

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Apax Partners LLP and private-equity firm Permira are vying to acquire Clal Insurance Enterprise Holdings Ltd. from parent IDB Holding Corp., Globes reported.

Permira is in an advanced stage of talks and is the more serious contender, while Apax is seeking to acquire Clal and merge it with Psagot Investment House Ltd. to avoid regulatory problems, the newspaper said, without saying how it obtained the information.

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