Merlin Entertainments conjures up advice for its IPO

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Merlin Entertainments, owner of the Edinburgh Dungeon visitor attraction, has appointed four investment banks to advise it on its upcoming stock market flotation,

The firm, which also runs Legoland and Madame Tussauds, is reported to have picked Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for the £3 billion initial public offering (IPO).

Merlin is the world’s second-largest attractions group after Disney, running more than 90 attractions in 21 countries, including Sea Life centres at locations as diverse as Loch Lomond, Bangkok, Berlin and Helsinki.

The group is owned by private equity firms Blackstone and CVC and Kirkbi, the Danish family investment group behind Lego.