Capabilities by Region: United Kingdom

Greenhill has considerable advisory experience in the United Kingdom. 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 the United Kingdom.

Greenhill established its presence in the United Kingdom in January 1998 with the opening of a London office. In 2010 we were named "European Boutique of the Year" by the Financial News.

For more information on Greenhill’s advisory practice in the United Kingdom and our capabilities in the region, please contact President David Wyles or Head of the United Kingdom Pieter-Jan Bouten in our London Office.

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

Recent Transactions

03-Dec-18
Pending
$4.0 billion
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Assets owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc

Acquiror: 
Unilever plc / Hindustan Unilever Limited

Advising GlaxoSmithKline plc, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever plc, and on the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Limited with Hindustan Unilever Limited

30-Oct-18
Pending
$198 million
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InMotion Entertainment Group LLC

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Acquiror: 
WH Smith plc

Advising WH Smith plc, one of the UK’s leading retailers, on the acquisition of InMotion Entertainment, the market leading retailer of digital accessories in US airports

15-Oct-18
$1.1 billion
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Greencore Group plc’s US business

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Hearthside Food Solutions LLC

Advised and acted as sponsor to Greencore Group plc, a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods based in Ireland, on the disposal of its entire US business to Hearthside Foods Solutions

16-Aug-18
$NA
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Sky plc

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Acquiror: 
The Walt Disney Company / Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

Acted on behalf of a group of independent shareholders of Sky plc, representing their interests at the Hearings Committee of the UK Takeover Panel and at the Takeover Appeals Board in the context of the Panel’s determination of a Chain Principle Offer price payable by Disney for Sky

10-Jul-18
$1.1 billion
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The AA plc

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Advised the AA plc, the UK’s largest roadside assistance provider, on the refinancing of £825m of its senior secured facilities

23-May-18
$93 million
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Dairy Crest Group PLC

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Advised Dairy Crest, a leading British dairy company, on a non-pre-emptive cash placing, raising proceeds of approximately £70 million

13-May-18
$81 million
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GWA Group Limited’s Door and Access Controls Business

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Acquiror: 
Allegion plc

Advised Allegion plc, a leading global security products and solutions provider, on the acquisition of GWA Group Limited’s Door & Access Systems Business, a leading provider of door furniture and commercial locksmith services in Australia

07-May-18
$7.1 billion
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Frutarom

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Acquiror: 
International Flavors and Fragrances

Advised IFF, a leading innovator of specialty ingredients, on its acquisition of Frutarom, creating a global leader in Taste, Scent and Nutrition

02-May-18
$3.7 billion
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Concordia International Corp.

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Advised an Ad Hoc Group of Cross-over Debtholders on Concordia International’s cross-border Canadian restructuring and recapitalization, including a US$586.5mm common equity private placement, the equitization of ~US$1.7bn of unsecured debt and the partial paydown and exchange of ~US$2.2bn of secured debt

24-Apr-18
$751 million
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Cityfibre Infrastructure Holdings plc

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Acquiror: 
Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners

Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, part of Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking division, in connection with the take private of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc, a leading independent provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure

27-Mar-18
$13.0 billion
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Novartis AG’s 36.5% stake in Consumer Health Joint Venture

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Acquiror: 
GlaxoSmithKline plc

Advised and acted as sponsor to GlaxoSmithKline plc, the UK’s leading pharmaceutical company, on the buyout of Novartis’ 36.5% stake in their Consumer Health Joint Venture

26-Mar-18
$284 million
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Grupo Rudelman

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Acquiror: 
Inchcape PLC

Advised Inchcape PLC, a global leader in automotive and distribution, on the acquisition of Grupo Rudelman, a Suzuki-focused distribution business in Costa Rica and Panama

22-Jan-18
Pending
$375 million
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Lonmin

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Advising Lonmin PLC, a major fully integrated producer of Platinum Group Metals, on the amendment of its debt facilities to support the review and implementation of its strategic options

22-Dec-17
$5.3 billion
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Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC

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Acquiror: 
GVC Holdings PLC

Advised Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC, a leading multi-channel sports betting and gaming company, on a recommended offer from GVC Holdings PLC, a multi-national online sports betting and gaming company

08-Dec-17
$NA
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London & Country Mortgages Limited (“L&C”)

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Acquiror: 
Experian plc

Advised Experian plc, the world’s leading global information services company, in connection with the acquisition of a 25% stake in L&C, the UK’s largest fee free mortgage adviser

02-Oct-17
$NA
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Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais Ltda.

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Acquiror: 
The Unilever Group

Advised Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais Ltda., Brazil’s leading Natural & Organic food products company, on its sale to The Unilever Group

12-Jul-17
$227 million
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Wells Fargo Share Registration & Service business

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Acquiror: 
Equiniti Group plc

Advised Equiniti Group plc, a UK based specialist technology outsourcer providing non-discretionary payment and administration services, on the acquisition of Wells Fargo's Shareowner Services business, and acted as joint sponsor to Equiniti's associated £122 million rights issue

26-May-17
$415 million
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Chromalox

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Acquiror: 
Spirax Sarco

Advised Chromalox, a leading provider of electrical products, systems and solutions for industrial process heating and temperature management, on its sale to Spirax Sarco, a global engineering group

11-May-17
$245 million
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Equity stake in Bupa Arabia

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Acquiror: 
Bupa Ltd.

Advised Bupa, a leading international healthcare group, on the increase of its stake in Bupa Arabia, one of the largest health insurance providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

03-Apr-17
$400 million
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Cheetahmail

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Acquiror: 
Vector Capital

Advised Vector Capital on the acquisition of Cheetahmail from Experian plc

27-Jan-17
$4.6 billion
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Booker Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc, the UK’s leading retailer, on its merger with Booker Group plc, the UK’s leading food wholesaler, to create the UK’s leading food business

03-Jan-17
$536 million
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LCH.Clearnet SA

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Acquiror: 
Euronext N.V.

Advised LCH.Clearnet Group Limited, a leading multi-asset class European clearing house, on a sale of LCH.Clearnet SA, its French-regulated operating subsidiary, to Euronext N.V. that was ultimately terminated

22-Dec-16
$290 million
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Subsidiaries and affiliates of Empresas Indumotora S.A.

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Acquiror: 
Inchcape PLC

Advised Inchcape PLC, a global leader in automotive retail and distribution, on the acquisition of a multi-country scale distribution business in Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Argentina for $290m (approximately £234m)

06-Dec-16
$1.8 billion
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Target: 

Host Europe Group

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Acquiror: 
GoDaddy

Advised GoDaddy, the largest domain name registrar worldwide and a leading web hosting provider, on its acquisition of Host Europe Group, the largest privately owned web services provider in Europe

14-Nov-16
$748 million
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Peacock Foods

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Acquiror: 
Greencore Group plc

Advised Greencore Group plc, a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods based in Ireland, on the proposed acquisition of Peacock Foods, a manufacturing partner for consumer packaged goods companies in the US.

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