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FRANKFURT, March 4 (Reuters) – American IT entrepreneur #MichaelDell has agreed a deal to take a stake in the investment vehicle that private equity firm #KKR is using to invest in German research firm #GfKSE. #Dell built up a stake of just over 10 percent in GfK via his #MSDCapital fund, potentially throwing into doubt KKR’s plans to take over the German company together with GfK Verein. KKR said in a statement late on Friday it has agreed to acquire around 3.7 million shares, equivalent to a 10.07 percent stake in GfK from three shareholders. The three shareholders are funds managed by Michael Dell. KKR will pay around 50 million euros ($53.1 million) for a portion of the shares, while around 6.89 percent of the shares will be exchanged for a stake in the investment vehicle through which KKR is investing in GFK, according to the statement. The deal means KKR and GfK Verein have together passed the 75 percent threshold they needed for the 43.50 euro per share offer for GfK to succeed. The takeover values the German company at about 1.69 billion euros. ($1 = 0.9416 euros) (Reporting by Alexander Huebner; Writing by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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