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BC Partners Said to Consider Bids for Chairmaker Stokke

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- BC Partners Ltd., Lion Capital LLP and Bain Capital Partners LLC are among private-equity firms considering bids for Stokke AS, a Norwegian maker of children’s furniture, five people with knowledge of the situation said.

Advent International Corp. and Stockholm-based Nordic Capital, may also make offers for Alesund, Norway-based Stokke before an Oct. 21 deadline, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Stokke, whose products include the “Tripp Trapp” highchair, may favor a private-equity firm with experience of growing businesses internationally, said one of the people.

The company, owned by the family of the same name since it was started in 1932, appointed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to examine strategic options in May and is expected to fetch about 400 million euros ($540 million), the people said.

Spokeswomen for Advent International, Bain Capital, Lion Capital and Goldman Sachs declined to comment. Spokesmen for BC Partners and Stokke didn’t immediately respond to e-mailed requests seeking comment.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kiel Porter in London at kporter17@bloomberg.net; Aaron Kirchfeld in London at akirchfeld@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net

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