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

17-Dec-96
$1.3 billion
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Genetics Institute

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American Home Products

Represented the Special Committee to the Board of Directors of Genetics Institute as AHP exercised its option to acquire the remaining 40% of Genetics Institute

02-Dec-99
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Microsoft Corp.

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Acquiror: 
U.S. Department of Justice – Antitrust Div.

Retained by the U.S. Justice Department to advise it on the financial implications of the full range of potential remedies in the Microsoft antitrust case (U.S. v. Microsoft).

27-Mar-02
$168 million
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Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Castle Harlan, Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of Morton’s on sale of the Company.

18-Mar-03
$7.0 billion
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Wella AG

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The Procter & Gamble Company

Advised Wella AG, a global market leader in hair care and fragrances, on its sale to The Procter & Gamble Company

23-Oct-03
$3.1 billion
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Debenhams plc

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Baroness Retail (a consortium of CVC, TPG and Merrill Lynch)

Advised the independent committee of the Board of Directors of Debenhams plc, a leading UK department store chain, with regards to the sale of the company

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