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Toshiba in turmoil

Bain prepares bid for Toshiba: five things to know

Offer above $16bn market cap would mark Japan's biggest private equity deal

Toshiba, long a face of corporate Japan, could be on the verge of going private, though there are significant hurdles.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital is preparing a takeover bid for Toshiba in a deal that would take the Japanese industrial group private, Nikkei reported on Thursday. What is behind it, and what are the chances of a deal going through? Here are five things to know.

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