Dunkin’ Brands is considering raising around $500 million in an initial public offering (IPO), Reuters reports. The IPO by Dunkin’ Brands, which owns Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, may be launched in the second half of 2011.

Banks, including Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, have previously provided financing to the company. Dunkin’ Brands is backed by private equity firms, including Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Thomas H Lee Partners.

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