Saddled With Debt, Nielsen Plans $1.75B Share Offer

Law360, New York (June 3, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT) -- Market research giant Nielsen Holdings BV, which is owned by a consortium of private equity firms, told federal securities regulators Thursday that it plans to sell $1.75 billion worth of common stock to the public in an initial public offering that would help it handle more than $8.55 billion in debt.

The Dutch firm, purchased in 2006 by AlpInvest Partners Inc., the Blackstone Group LP, the Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP and Thomas H. Lee Partners, told the U.S....
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