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Greenhill has considerable advisory experience in Continental Europe.  Our managing directors and professionals have advised clients on transactions involving many of the leading companies in the region and have access to a vast network of corporate relationships throughout Continental Europe.    Greenhill established its presence in Continental Europe in November 2000 with the opening of a Frankfurt office.  In 2010 we were named "European Boutique of the Year" by the Financial News.

For more information on Greenhill’s advisory practice in Continental Europe and our capabilities in the region, please contact Managing Director Philip Meyer Horn in our Frankfurt office.

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

DATE $   COMPANY/ASSET ACQUIRED   ACQUIROR
27-Jun-2014
Pending
$11 billion+ TUI Travel Plc
Advising TUI AG on the merger with TUI Travel Plc creating the world’s number one integrated leisure tourism business (+Transaction value represents enterprise value of combined entity)
TUI AG
18-Jun-2014
Pending
NA Frauenthal Automotive Sales GmbH
Advising The Boler Company, parent of truck component supplier Hendrickson, on the acquisition of Frauenthal Automative Sales GmbH, a European manufacturer of leaf springs and stabilizers
The Boler Company
10-Apr-2014
Pending
NA Flint Group
Advising Flint Group, a portfolio company of CVC Capital Partners and a global leader in the manufacturing of printing inks and consumables on its sale to a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking and the private equity arm of Koch Industries
Consortium of Goldman Sachs MBD and Koch Industries
08-Apr-2014
NA ARTnews
Advised ARTnews, the world's oldest and most widely circulated art magazine, on its sale to Skate Capital Corp., a private art and media industry investment vehicle
Skate Capital Corp.
03-Mar-2014
$3.6 billion hibu plc (formerly Yell Group plc)
Advised hibu, a full‐service provider of digital and print marketing services for SMEs and owner of print directory brands Yellow Pages (UK), Yellowbook (US) and Paginas Amarillas (Spain), on the comprehensive restructuring of its £2.2 billion balance sheet debt
 
18-Feb-2014
$28 billion Forest Laboratories Inc.
Advised Actavis plc, a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products on its acquisition of Forest Laboratories Inc.
Actavis plc
04-Dec-2013
$850 million Megapolis Distribution
Advised Japan Tobacco Inc in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in Megapolis Distribution B.V., Russia’s leading tobacco distributor
Japan Tobacco Inc
30-Oct-2013
NA Leather Services Business Unit of Clariant International Ltd
Advised Clariant International Ltd, the Swiss specialty chemicals company, on the sale of its Leather Services Business Unit to Stahl Holdings (portfolio company of Wendel), a leading supplier in the leather chemicals and performance coating industries
Stahl Holdings
15-Oct-2013
$64 million Detergents & Intermediates Business Unit of Clariant International Ltd
Advised Clariant International Ltd, the Swiss specialty chemicals company, on the sale of its Detergents & Intermediates Business Unit to International Chemical Investors Group, a privately owned industrial holding company focusing on mid-sized chemicals and pharmaceutical businesses
International Chemical Investors Group
31-Jul-2013
NA Schenck Process Holding GmbH
Advised Schenck Process Holding GmbH, a global leader in bulk material handling, providing applications incorporating weighing, feeding, screening and automation solutions, on the establishment and implementation of a refinancing solution leading to the amendment and extension of its existing senior and mezzanine syndicated facilities
 
20-May-2013
$8.5 billion Warner Chilcott, plc
Advised Actavis, Inc., a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, branded and biosimilar products on its acquisition of Warner Chilcott plc
Actavis, Inc.
26-Apr-2013
$313 million Azelis S.A.
Advised Azelis S.A., a Pan-European distributor of specialty chemicals owned by funds managed by 3i plc, on its covenant reset and a two year maturity extension of its €240m syndicated debt package
 
20-Dec-2012
NA Germanischer Lloyd
Advised Det Norske Veritas on its merger with Germanischer Lloyd to create the third largest player in the Testing, Inspection and Certification industry, focused on ship classification, oil & gas and energy
Det Norske Veritas
23-Nov-2012
NA SAS Group
Advised the Norwegian Government in relation to some specific issues in connection with the restructuring of SAS, the leading airline group in Northern Europe
Norwegian Government
12-Nov-2012
~$100 million Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC
Advised Aurelian Oil & Gas, an AIM-listed E&P company primarily focused on natural gas exploration in Central Europe, on its recommended merger with AIM-listed peer San Leon Energy PLC
San Leon Energy PLC
17-Oct-2012
$2.6 billion Cymer, Inc.
Advised ASML Holding NV, a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, on its acquisition of Cymer, Inc., a leading supplier of lithography light sources used by chipmakers to manufacture advanced semiconductor devices
ASML Holding NV
01-Aug-2012
$4.0 billion Mediclinic International Limited
Advised Mediclinic International, South Africa’s second largest and Switzerland’s largest provider of private hospital services, on the restructuring of its entire balance sheet, including $2.2 billion debt refinancing in Switzerland and a $0.6 billion rights issue in South Africa
 
12-Jul-2012
$5.0 billion Aegis Group plc
Advised Aegis Group plc, a leading global media and digital communications agency, on its sale to Dentsu Inc., the leading advertising group in Asia
Dentsu Inc.
09-Jul-2012
$4.7 billion ASML Holding NV (minority stake)
Advised the Supervisory Board of ASML on the establishment of a Customer Co-Investment Program including the issue of 23% equity stake and $1.7 billion of R&D funding
Customers including Intel Corporation, TSMC and Samsung Electronics
06-Jul-2012
$730 million WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG
Provided fairness opinion to the Executive Management Board of WMF in connection with the voluntary public takeover offer by Finedining Capital GmbH, a holding company in the possession of funds managed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.
01-Mar-2012
NA Minority stake in Stadler Rail
Advised Capvis, one of the leading buyout firms in Switzerland and one of the main mid-market private equity firms in German-speaking Europe, on the staged exit from of its 20% minority stake in Stadler Rail, by selling to Peter Spuhler, CEO and majority shareholder in Stadler Rail
Peter Spuhler
20-Jan-2012
NA Solar PV power plant in Italy
Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of a c.20MW solar PV power plant in Italy
Antin Infrastructure Partners
22-Dec-2011
NA KEMA
Advised Det Norske Veritas, a global provider of services for managing risk, on its acquisition of a 74.3% stake in KEMA, a leading provider of energy consulting and testing & certification services
Det Norske Veritas AS
27-Jul-2011
$850 million The Synovate Group
Advised Aegis Group plc on the sale of The Synovate Group, a leading global provider of custom market research, to Ipsos S.A.
Ipsos S.A.
22-Jun-2011
NA KemFine Group Oy
Advised 3i on the disposal of KemFine Group Oy, a leading custom manufacturer of fine chemicals, to CABB AG
CABB AG
18-May-2011
$146 million Portfolio of solar PV power plants from Kinexia SpA
Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of a portfolio of solar PV power plants in Italy
Antin Infrastructure Partners
21-Mar-2011
NA Close Brothers Cayman Limited
Advised Close Brothers plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its Cayman based offshore business to Intertrust Group Holdings SA
Intertrust Group Holdings SA
15-Mar-2011
NA CABB GmbH
Advised Bridgepoint Advisors Limited on the acquisition of CABB GmbH, a German global provider of fine and specialty chemicals and custom manufacturing solutions
Bridgepoint Advisors Limited
11-Mar-2011
$1.0 billion Troika Dialog Group Limited
Advised TD Advisors Limited, a major shareholder of Troika Dialog Group, Russia’s leading investment bank, on the sale of their stake as part of the acquisition of Troika Dialog Group by Sberbank, the largest commercial bank in Russia
Sberbank
02-Mar-2011
NA TSmarine
Advised CHAMP Ventures on the sale of its portfolio company TSmarine, a provider of subsea services to the offshore oil and gas industry, to Fugro, among the world's leading service providers for the collection and interpretation of data relating to the earth's surface and sub-surface and for associated services
Fugro N.V.
15-Jan-2011
$105 million telerob Holding GmbH
Advised the shareholders of telerob Holding GmbH, a German-based market leader in the development and manufacture of advanced bomb disposal robots and integrated threat response vehicles, on the sale of the Company to Cobham plc, the UK-based, internationally operating aerospace, defence and security technology group
Cobham plc
15-Dec-2010
$12.9 billion Alcon, Inc.
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
Novartis AG
01-Dec-2010
$100 million Clyde Process Solutions plc
Advised S-Process Equipment International S.à r.l. (“Schenck Process”), a global leader in bulk material handling, providing applications incorporating weighing, feeding, screening and automation solutions, on its acquisition of Clyde Process Solutions plc, a global provider of pneumatic conveying and air filtration solutions for process industries
S-Process Equipment International S.à r.l. (Schenck Process)
16-Sep-2010
NA KemFine UK Ltd
Advised KemFine Group Oy, a 3i portfolio company, on the sale of its UK-based fine chemicals business, KemFine UK Ltd, to AURELIUS AG
AURELIUS AG
04-Dec-2009
NA Verivox Holding Limited
Advised the shareholders of Verivox Holdings Limited, comprising Independent News & Media plc and the founders and joint CEOs of Verivox, on the sale of 51% in Verivox, Germany’s leading price comparison website for energy and telecommunications services, to Oakley Capital Private Equity
Oakley Capital Private Equity LP
12-Mar-2009
$46.9 billion Genentech, Inc.
Advised Roche Holding Ltd., a world-leading provider of healthcare pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, on its acquisition of the outstanding publicly held interest in Genentech, Inc., a leading biotechnology company
Roche Holding Ltd.
12-Oct-2008
$6.0 billion Hapag-Lloyd AG
Advised TUI AG, Europe’s largest tourism company, on its sale of its shipping division Hapag-Lloyd AG, one of the leading global container shipping companies
Albert Ballin KG
08-Oct-2008
NA MAN Ferrostaal AG
Advised MAN AG in relation to its 70% sale of MAN Ferrostaal AG, a worldwide supplier of industrial services for the construction of large-scale industrial plants and machine supply, to International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC)
International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC)
15-Sep-2008
$189 million Fermat International
Advised Moody’s Corporation on its acquisition of Fermat International, a leading provider of risk and performance management software to the global banking sector
Moody’s Corporation
19-Aug-2008
NA Selected Belgian Paints Brands
Advised AkzoNobel on the sale of selected Belgian paints brands to Rieu Investissements S.A., a French producer of coatings
Rieu Investissements S.A.
05-Aug-2008
NA BARTEC Group
Advised Capvis, a leading Swiss private equity firm, on its acquisition of the BARTEC Group, a leading European provider of industrial safety technology, from Allianz Capital Partners, the captive private equity arm of Allianz AG, and the Barlian family (founding family)
Capvis
22-Jan-2008
$3.4 billion Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
Advised Roche Holding Ltd., a world-leading provider of healthcare pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, on its acquisition of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a U.S. based provider of histopathology diagnostic equipment
Roche Holding Ltd.
02-Jan-2008
NA E. Brost & J. Funke GmbH & Co. KG (BFK KG) and its 25% stake in Otto Group
Advised the shareholders of BFK KG, comprising the families who also own German publisher WAZ Media Group, on the sale of their 25% holding in German retailing and services group Otto to the Otto family, which thereby regained full ownership of the business
Otto AG für Beteiligungen (investment vehicle of Otto family)
21-Aug-2007
NA Schenck Process Holding GmbH
Advised HgCapital on the sale of Schenck Process, one of the global market leading providers of industrial weighing, feeding, screening and automation equipment and solutions
Industri Kapital Limited
31-Jul-2007
$491 million DEUTZ Power Systems
Sole advisor to DEUTZ AG on the divestiture of its division DEUTZ Power Systems, a leading manufacturer of gas fired engines for decentralized power generation
3i
18-Jul-2007
NA SF-Chem AG
Sole advisor to CABB, a leading producer of monochloroacetic acid and related specialty intermediates, on the acquisition of SF-Chem, a manufacturer of chlorine and sulphur specialty intermediates
CABB GmbH
26-Mar-2007
$1.0 billion Wolters Kluwer Education
Advised Bridgepoint Capital Limited on its acquisition of Wolters Kluwer Education, the pan-European educational publishing division of quoted Dutch-based information services and publishing company Wolters Kluwer NV
Bridgepoint Capital Limited
20-Dec-2006
$424 million Aton Capital
Advised Aton Capital Group, the independent Russian investment bank, on the sale of its Institutional Business to Bank Austria Creditanstalt (part of the UniCredit Group)
Bank Austria Creditanstalt / UniCredit Group
18-Dec-2006
NA InBev SA
Advised InBev SA, the world's largest brewery, on the sale of German regional brewery Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu KG
Mr. Wolfgang Dinkelacker
22-Nov-2006
NA CABB GmbH
Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the sale of CABB, a leading producer of monochloroacetic acid and related specialty intermediates, to AXA Private Equity
AXA Private Equity
03-Oct-2006
$445 million Tele2 AB’s fixed telephony and broadband business in France
Advised SFR S.A., the second largest mobile telecoms operator in France on the acquisition of the French fixed telephony and broadband business of Tele2 AB
SFR S.A.
17-Jul-2006
$132 million Leader Price Polska Sp. z.o.o. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Groupe Casino)
Advised Tesco PLC on the acquisition of the Polish business of Leader Price, a convenience store retailer, from Groupe Casino, a French retailer
Tesco plc
03-Jun-2006
$607 million Deutz AG
Advised the Executive Board and Supervisory Board of Deutz AG, a leading global engine and power systems manufacturer, regarding the mandatory offer made by Same Deutz-Fahr, a leading international manufacturer of tractors, engines and agricultural machinery, for the outstanding shares of Deutz AG
Same Deutz-Fahr
24-Mar-2006
$21.2 billion Schering AG
Advised Bayer on its public offer for Schering, an international pharmaceuticals group based in Berlin, Germany
Bayer AG
28-Nov-2005
$103 million Akzo Nobel N.V. (Ink and Adhesive Resins business)
Advised Akzo Nobel N.V., a global leader in coatings, chemicals and healthcare on the sale of its Ink and Adhesive Resins business to Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc
Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.
25-Oct-2005
$2.1 billion BHW Holding AG
Advised BHW Holding AG, a retail financial services group, in connection with its sale to Deutsche Postbank AG, Germany’s largest retail bank
Deutsche Postbank AG
18-Mar-2003
$7.0 billion Wella AG
Advised Wella AG, a global market leader in hair care and fragrances, on its sale to The Procter & Gamble Company
The Procter & Gamble Company
24-Jul-2002
$5.4 billion United Pan-Europe Communications NV
Advised the Committee representing holders of UPC’s Senior Notes and Senior Discount Notes in the negotiations with UPC and its Liberty Media controlled parent company, UnitedGlobalCom, about a proposed balance sheet restructuring and recapitalisation of UPC
 
16-Jan-2001
$11.5 billion Ralston Purina Co.
Advised Nestlé on the agreed cash offer for the US pet-food company Ralston Purina
Nestlé S.A.
06-Aug-1999
$12.8 billion One2One (joint venture between Cable and Wireless plc and Media One)
Strategic advice to C&W in connection with the sale of One2One, a UK mobile phone operator, 50% owned by C&W and 50% owned by Media One
Deutsche Telekom AG
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