Silver Lake in talks to acquire New Zealand All Blacks

The American private equity investor, Silver Lake, which part-owns Manchester City Football Club is in advanced talks to buy a stake in the New Zealand Rugby All Blacks, one of the most iconic names in global sport.

Insiders said the transaction if confirmed, could involve the purchase of a 15% stake at a roughly $2bn (£1.5bn) valuation.

CVC Capital Partners, the private equity firm which made a fortune from investing in Formula 1 motor racing, is attempting to finalize a deal to buy a substantial stake in the Six Nations Rugby to add to its backing of Premiership Rugby.

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