Special Committee Advisory

Greenhill is renowned for its independence, experience and discretion and is often called into special situations which require the delivery of unconflicted advice.

In many cases, this involves advising a Special Committee of the Board of Directors which has been formed due to the conflicts in relation to a possible transaction. Often our role involves not only assisting with a transaction process, but also delivering a fairness opinion.

Our Managing Directors and professionals in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Brazil and Japan have advised the Special Committees of numerous leading companies as they have navigated complex transaction processes.

Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this area:

Most Recent Transactions

28-Mar-12
$10.4 billion+
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Target: 

Flow Control Business of Tyco International Ltd.

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Pentair, Inc.

Provided fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Pentair, Inc. in connection with its all-stock merger with Tyco Flow Control, a division of Tyco International Ltd. (+Transaction value represents enterprise value of combined entity)

07-Nov-11
$398 million
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American Dental Partners, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
JLL Partners

Advised American Dental Partners, Inc. (NASD: ADPI), one of the nation’s leading business partners to dental group practices, on its sale to JLL Partners, a leading private equity firm

07-Feb-11
$548 million
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Wesco Financial Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of Wesco Financial Corporation in connection with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s proposal to acquire the remaining 19.9% of the shares of Wesco’s common stock that it does not presently own

15-Dec-10
$12.9 billion
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Target: 

Alcon, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Novartis AG

Advised the Independent Director Committee of Alcon, Inc., an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, on the sale of Alcon’s outstanding publicly held interest to Novartis AG, a global pharmaceutical company

02-Dec-10
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IAC / InterActiveCorp.

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of IAC, a leading Internet company, on the repurchase of all IAC shares owned by Liberty Media in exchange for a combination of cash and two operating businesses, Evite and Gifts.com

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