Recent Transactions

17-Jun-19
Pending
$80 million
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Target: 

Renewi Canada

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Acquiror: 
Convent Capital

Advising Renewi plc, a leading waste to product company, on the sale of its Canadian operations to Convent Capital, an Amsterdam-based investment firm

22-Feb-19
$1.6 billion
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Dairy Crest Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Saputo Inc.

Advised Dairy Crest Group plc, a producer of leading British food brands and value-added ingredients, on a recommended cash offer for its entire issued share capital from Saputo Inc, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world

28-Jan-19
$NA
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The Laundress Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Unilever plc

Advised The Laundress Inc., a laundry and home cleaning products brand, on its sale to Unilever, a British-Dutch consumer goods company

19-Dec-18
Pending
$NA
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Pfizer Inc. Consumer Health Business

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Acquiror: 
GlaxoSmithKline plc

Advising GlaxoSmithKline plc ("GSK"), the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the combination of GSK's and Pfizer's Consumer Health businesses to create a world-leading Joint Venture

03-Dec-18
Pending
$4.0 billion
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Target: 

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

18-Nov-18
$876 million
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David's Bridal

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Acquiror: 
N/A

Advised the Ad Hoc Group of the company's $481mm term loan with respect to the company's prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring

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

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Acquiror: 
WH Smith plc

Advised 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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Target: 

Greencore Group plc’s US business

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Acquiror: 
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

04-Oct-18
$154 million
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Larger non-controlled assets of Electra Private Equity plc

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Acquiror: 
Lexington Partners

Advised Electra Private Equity plc, a UK-listed private equity investment trust, on its strategic review and subsequent sale of the larger non-controlled assets of Photobox and Knight Square to funds managed by Lexington Partners

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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Target: 

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

31-Oct-17
$2.0 billion
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Target: 

Hirslanden Private Hospital Group

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Advised Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, Switzerland's largest private hospital group and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mediclinic International Plc, on the refinancing of its CHF 2.0 billion senior secured bank debt

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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Target: 

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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Target: 

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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Target: 

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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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.

05-Oct-16
$775 million
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Target: 

Assets and operations of Actavis Generics in the UK and Ireland from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Accord Healthcare Ltd.

Advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drug company, on its sale of assets and operations of Actavis Generics in the UK and Ireland to Accord Healthcare Ltd. (a subsidiary of Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited) for £603m (c.$775m) 

05-Oct-16
$NA
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Target: 

Portfolio of 14 Outlicensing generic products in the EEA from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Accord Healthcare Ltd.

Advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drug company, on the divestment of a portfolio of 14 Outlicensing pharmaceutical products in the EEA to Accord Healthcare Ltd. (a subsidiary of Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited).

04-Oct-16
$223 million
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Target: 

U.S. rights to Toprol-XL (AstraZeneca)

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Acquiror: 
Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Advised Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company in connection with the financing of its acquisition of the U.S. rights to cardiovascular drug Toprol-XL (metoprolol succinate) and its Authorized Generic from AstraZeneca.

29-Sep-16
$628 million
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Target: 

van Gansewinkel Groep BV

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Acquiror: 
Shanks Group plc

Advised Shanks Group plc, a leading international waste to product business, on the proposed merger with van Gansewinkel Groep BV, one of the leading waste management service providers, recyclers and suppliers of high-quality secondary raw materials in the Benelux region.

17-Jun-16
$310 million
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Dobbies Garden Centres

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Acquiror: 
Investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its sale of Dobbies Garden Centres to an investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital

10-Jun-16
$NA
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Giraffe restaurants

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Acquiror: 
Boparan Private Office

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its sale of the Giraffe casual dining restaurant chain to the Boparan Private Office, the private investment vehicle of the British businessman Ranjit Boparan

16-May-16
$874 million
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Target: 

Equinix Data Center Assets

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Acquiror: 
Digital Realty Trust

Advised Digital Realty Trust, the world's largest wholesale colocation services and data center solutions provider, on its acquisition of a portfolio of eight carrier-neutral European data centers from Equinix

25-Apr-16
$3.4 billion
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Target: 

Divestment assets of Ball and Rexam

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Acquiror: 
Ardagh Group SA

Advised Ball Corporation on the acquisition of Rexam plc and provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Ball Corporation on the sale of select metal beverage can assets in Europe, Brazil and the United States to satisfy certain regulatory requirements in connection with its proposed acquisition of Rexam

14-Apr-16
$NA
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Frieze Events Ltd. / Frieze Publishing Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
WME | IMG Global

Advised Frieze, the premier art events and media company, on its strategic investment and partnership with WME IMG Global

07-Apr-16
$105 million
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Wireless Infrastructure Group

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Acquiror: 
3i Infrastructure plc

Advised 3i Infrastructure plc, a leading UK listed investor in infrastructure businesses and assets, on its acquisition of a 36% economic interest in Wireless Infrastructure Group, the UK’s 2nd largest independent telecommunications tower company

01-Dec-15
$164 million
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Incotec Group BV

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Acquiror: 
Croda International Plc

Advised Croda International Plc, a leading UK listed global specialty chemicals producer, on its acquisition of Incotec Group BV, a Netherlands based provider of seed enhancement technologies 

01-Dec-15
$NA
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Allied Healthcare

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Acquiror: 
AURELIUS Investments

Advised Saga plc on the disposal of Allied Healthcare, the leading local authority-funded domiciliary care business in the UK, to AURELIUS Investments

09-Nov-15
$777 million
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Target: 

Lonmin Plc

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Advised Lonmin Plc on its c.$777m recapitalization consisting of c.$370m of bank facilities at the Plc and in South Africa from the Company’s ten lending banks and a fully underwritten Rights Issue of c.$407m.

02-Nov-15
$NA
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Reaction Engines Limited

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Acquiror: 
BAE Systems plc

Advised Reaction Engines Limited, a privately-held company located in the United Kingdom, on a strategic investment by BAE Systems plc, a leading defense, security and aerospace company based in the United Kingdom, to accelerate the company’s development of a new aerospace engine class

28-Oct-15
$NA
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DataLase Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Sato Holdings Corporation

Advised Sato Holdings Corporation, a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions, on its acquisition of a significant minority stake in DataLase Ltd,  a UK-based provider of materials for laser coding and marking of products and packaging 

16-Oct-15
$2.1 billion
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Stemcor Holdings Limited

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Advised Stemcor Holdings Limited, the global steel trader, on their restructuring of $1.0bn of senior and junior debt and the refinancing of a $1.1bn working capital facility

14-Oct-15
$330 million
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Professional Service Industries, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Intertek Group plc

Advised Intertek Group plc, a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, on its $330 million acquisition of Professional Service Industries, Inc. (“PSI”), a leading US based provider of testing and assurance services to commercial and civil construction markets

27-Jul-15
$40.5 billion
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Allergan Generics

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Acquiror: 
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., a leading global pharmaceutical company, on the acquisition of Allergan plc’s Generics business

24-Jul-15
$5.6 billion
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Target: 

Gala Coral Limited

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Acquiror: 
Ladbrokes plc

Advised Ladbrokes plc, a leading UK betting and gaming company, on the recommended all-share merger with certain businesses of Gala Coral Limited, including Coral Retail, Eurobet Retail and Gala Coral Online

02-Jun-15
$NA
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Portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline plc consumer and OTC brands

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Acquiror: 
Perrigo Company plc

Advised GlaxoSmithKline plc, a leading British pharmaceutical company, on the disposal of a portfolio of consumer and OTC brands to Omega Pharma NV, a subsidiary of Perrigo Company plc

24-Apr-15
$575 million
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Scholastic Corporation’s Educational Technology and Services business

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Acquiror: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company

Advised Scholastic Corporation, a children’s publishing and education company, on the sale of its Educational Technology and Services business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, an educational and trade publisher

21-Apr-15
$NA
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Tate & Lyle plc

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Acquiror: 
Archer Daniels Midland Company

Advised Tate & Lyle plc, a leading provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, on the re-alignment of Eaststarch C.V., its 50:50 corn wet milling joint venture in Europe with Archer Daniels Midland Company

30-Mar-15
$950 million
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Quindell plc’s Professional Services Division

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Acquiror: 
Slater and Gordon

Advised Slater and Gordon Limited, an ASX-listed international consumer law firm, on the acquisition of Quindell plc’s Professional Services Division, the UK’s leading personal injury law firm operating across the claims value chain, and associated A$890 million equity and A$375 million debt raisings

27-Mar-15
$1.4 billion
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AA plc

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Advised AA plc, the UK’s leading roadside assistance provider, on the refinancing of its high yield bond and PIK instrument

24-Feb-15
$NA
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Azelis Group (majority owned by 3i)

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Acquiror: 
Funds advised by Apax Partners

Advised 3i on the sale of Azelis Group, a leading pan-European distributor of specialty chemicals with an emerging presence in Asia, to funds advised by Apax partners

19-Feb-15
$8.4 billion
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Rexam plc

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Acquiror: 
Ball Corporation

Advised Ball Corporation, a leading manufacturer of metal packaging products for the global beverage, food, personal care and household products industries as well as a provider of systems and technologies for the aerospace industry, on the acquisition of Rexam plc, a leading beverage can manufacturer

12-Feb-15
~$1.1 billion
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John Laing plc

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Acquiror: 
N/A

Advised Henderson Equity Partners on the initial public offering of John Laing plc, a leading originator, active investor and manager of international infrastructure projects

27-Jun-14
$11 billion+
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TUI Travel Plc

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Acquiror: 
TUI AG

Advised 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)

26-Jun-14
$2.9 billion
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Firth Rixson Limited

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Acquiror: 
Alcoa Inc.

Advised Alcoa Inc. on the acquisition of Firth Rixson Limited, a leading provider of highly engineered rings, industrial forgings and specialized metal products primarily to the aerospace industry

26-Jun-14
$2.7 billion
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Frank Russell Company

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Acquiror: 
London Stock Exchange Group plc

Advised LSEG on the proposed acquisition of Frank Russell Company, the number one provider of benchmarks to US-focused equity funds and a leading provider of multi-asset class investment solutions, from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, including acting as Joint Sponsor to LSEG on its $1.6 billion rights issue

06-Jun-14
$7.2 billion
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AA Limited

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Advised the management buy-in team on the acquisition by leading institutional investors of AA Limited from Acromas and simultaneous listing on the London Stock Exchange

10-Mar-14
$NA
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K-Y brand

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Acquiror: 
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Advised Reckitt Benckiser, a leading consumer goods manufacturer, on the acquisition of the global rights to the K-Y brand, a leader in intimate lubricants

03-Mar-14
$3.6 billion
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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

24-Feb-14
$887 million
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Essar Energy plc

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Acquiror: 
Essar Global Fund Limited

Advised the Independent Committee of the Board of Essar Energy plc in connection with possible offers from Essar Global Fund Limited, its 78% shareholder, for the remaining shares it does not already own and $550m convertible bonds issued by Essar Energy plc

10-Jan-14
$144 million
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Residential property portfolio of Grainger plc

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Acquiror: 
Clifden Holdings Limited

Advised Grainger plc on the sale of a portfolio of 1,203 residential home reversion properties located across the UK to Clifden Holdings Limited

09-Dec-13
$NA
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Target: 

Lazada Group GmbH

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its acquisition of a significant minority shareholding in Lazada, the leading online general merchandise retailer in South East Asia

02-Oct-13
$NA
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Tesco PLC's Chinese retail operations

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Acquiror: 
China Resources Enterprise

Advised Tesco PLC on the formation of a joint venture with China Resources Enterprise, a Hong Kong listed, Chinese retailer, to create the leading multi-format retailer in China

10-Sep-13
$NA
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Target: 

Fresh & Easy (owned by Tesco plc)

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Acquiror: 
YFE Holdings, Inc (affiliate of The Yucaipa Companies, LLC)

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on the sale of a substantive part of Fresh & Easy’s operating business to YFE Holdings, Inc, an affiliate of The Yucaipa Companies, LLC

09-Sep-13
$2.1 billion
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Lucozade & Ribena brands (owned by GSK)

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Acquiror: 
Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd

Advised GlaxoSmithKline, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer company, on the sale of its nutritional drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd

31-Jul-13
$NA
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CPP Group plc

Advised on the comprehensive restructuring of its balance sheet, including sale of the US business, terming out the existing RCF and creation of additional liquidity by the long term deferral of business partner payments

20-May-13
$8.5 billion
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Warner Chilcott, plc

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Acquiror: 
Actavis, Inc.

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

01-May-13
$NA
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Jeminex’s Industrial & Safety division

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Acquiror: 
Bunzl plc

Advised AMP Capital on the sale of Jeminex’s Industrial & Safety division, Australia’s second largest industrial and safety business with branches across Australia, to Bunzl plc

20-Feb-13
$120 million
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Trivett Automotive Group

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Acquiror: 
Inchcape plc

Advised Inchcape plc, the leading independent international automotive distributor and retailer, on the acquisition of Trivett Automotive Group, the leading luxury and premium automotive group in Australia

07-Dec-12
$43 million
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Champion Flour Limited

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Acquiror: 
Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.

Advised Goodman Fielder, a leading Australian listed food company, on the sale of its New Zealand flour milling business, Champion Flour, to Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.

12-Nov-12
~$100 million
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Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC

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Acquiror: 
San Leon Energy 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

09-Nov-12
~$1.7 billion
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Target: 

Lonmin plc

Advised Lonmin plc, the world’s third largest primary producer of Platinum Group Metals, on a comprehensive refinancing of its balance sheet, including an underwritten ~$817m rights issue and amendments to its existing ~$929m debt facilities

30-Oct-12
$834 million
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Target: 

Investments of AP Alternative Assets, L.P.

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Acquiror: 
Athene Holding Ltd.

Advised the Special Committee of the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Athene Holding Ltd. in connection with the purchase of non-cash investment assets of AP Alternative Assets L.P.

08-Oct-12
$NA
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Phaidon Press Limited

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Acquiror: 
Leon D. Black family

Advised Phaidon Press Limited (“Phaidon”) and its owner, Richard Schlagman, on the sale of the company to the family of Leon Black. Founded in 1923, Phaidon is a leading branded publishing and media company focused on the visual arts, culture and lifestyle sectors

02-Sep-12
$285 million
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Target: 

DMG Radio Australia, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and Guardian Trust Plc

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Acquiror: 
Illyria Pty

Advised Daily Mail and Guardian Trust plc (DMGT), on the sale of its remaining 50% interest in its Radio business in Australia to Illyria Pty, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch. The Radio operations comprise two national music networks in Australia

12-Jul-12
$5.0 billion
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Aegis Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Dentsu Inc.

Advised Aegis Group plc, a leading global media and digital communications agency, on its sale to Dentsu Inc., the leading advertising group in Asia

18-Jun-12
$NA
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Pension Trustees of Howden Joinery Group plc

Advised the Pension Trustees of Howden Joinery Group plc in negotiating a revised schedule of deficit reduction payments, and with regards to their security position relative to the Company’s lenders

21-May-12
$NA
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Robbins-Gioia Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Private Investors

Advised Informa plc on the sale of its subsidiary, Robbins-Gioia Inc., to a group of private investors

04-May-12
$55 million
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Armajaro Trading Limited

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Acquiror: 
International Finance Corporation

Advised Armajaro Trading Limited, a global soft commodity trading house and supply chain manager, on raising mezzanine capital from the International Finance Corporation, a unit of the World Bank

15-Mar-12
$650 million
U.K., Ireland flags
Target: 

Viridian Group

Advised the Board of Viridian, the leading energy utility company in the all-Ireland market, on its refinancing comprising the issue of €313 million and $250 million notes due April 2017

16-Jan-12
$428 million
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Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC

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Acquiror: 
Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Advised Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC, the UK’s largest processor of fresh milk, on a recommended offer from Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s.

30-Dec-11
$410 million
U.S.A., U.K. flags
Target: 

Advantage Resourcing America, Inc. & Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V.

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Acquiror: 
Recruit Co. Ltd

Advised Recruit Co. Ltd, a leading staffing and publishing company in Japan, on the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Advantage Resourcing America, Inc. & Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V, wholly owned by investment vehicles affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management L.P.

19-Dec-11
$1.6 billion
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Target: 

The Miller Group

Advised The Miller Group, the UK’s largest private homebuilder, on the recapitalization of its balance sheet comprising a substantial new equity capital raising and a significant debt for equity swap

17-Nov-11
$1.5 billion
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Target: 

Northern Rock

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Acquiror: 
Virgin Money

Advised Virgin Money, a financial services provider, on the acquisition of Northern Rock, a UK retail mortgage and savings bank, from UK Financial Investments Ltd, which manages the UK Government’s investments in financial institutions

16-Sep-11
$NA
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Mako Global Derivatives Executive LLP

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Acquiror: 
Mako Executive Directors and Staff

Advised Close Brothers Group plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its 49.9% stake in Mako Global, a market maker in exchange traded derivatives, to Mako’s management

27-Jul-11
$850 million
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Target: 

The Synovate Group

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Acquiror: 
Ipsos S.A.

Advised Aegis Group plc on the sale of The Synovate Group, a leading global provider of custom market research, to Ipsos S.A.

30-Jun-11
$1.7 billion
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Target: 

Minerva plc

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Acquiror: 
Jupiter Properties (owned by AREA Property Partners and Delancey Real Estate Asset Mgmt)

Advised Minerva plc, a property investment and development company, on a recommended offer from a consortium consisting of AREA Property Partners and Delancey Real Estate Asset Management

26-May-11
$192 million
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Target: 

Centrebet International Limited

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Acquiror: 
Sportingbet plc

Advised Centrebet International, a leading International online wagering and gaming operator on the recommended cash offer by Sportingbet plc

21-Mar-11
$NA
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Target: 

Close Brothers Cayman Limited

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Acquiror: 
Intertrust Group Holdings SA

Advised Close Brothers plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its Cayman based offshore business to Intertrust Group Holdings SA

15-Mar-11
$NA
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Target: 

CABB GmbH

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Acquiror: 
Bridgepoint Advisors Limited

Advised Bridgepoint Advisors Limited on the acquisition of CABB GmbH, a German global provider of fine and specialty chemicals and custom manufacturing solutions

11-Feb-11
$986 million
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Target: 

Findel plc

Advised Findel plc, a UK listed multi-channel retailer, on the restructuring of its balance sheet comprising an equity capital raising and refinancing of its debt and pension obligations

15-Jan-11
$105 million
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Target: 

telerob Holding GmbH

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Acquiror: 
Cobham plc

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

13-Dec-10
$256 million
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Target: 

Maxinutrition Group Holdings Limited

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Acquiror: 
GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Advised GlaxoSmithKline Plc, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer company, on its acquisition of Maxinutrition Group Holdings Limited, a UK based sports nutrition business, from Darwin Private Equity

01-Dec-10
$100 million
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Clyde Process Solutions plc

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Acquiror: 
S-Process Equipment International S.à r.l. (Schenck Process)

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

26-Nov-10
$118 million
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Target: 

Healthcare Australia

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Acquiror: 
Healthcare Locums

Advised CHAMP Private Equity on the sale of Healthcare Australia, a leading provider of nursing agency staff to public and private health institutions in Australia, to Healthcare Locums, a healthcare recruitment agency based in the UK

12-Nov-10
$NA
U.S.A., U.K. flags
Target: 

Money Controls (subsidiary of Coin Acceptors, Inc.)

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Acquiror: 
Crane Co.

Advised Coin Acceptors, Inc. (“CoinCo”), a privately-owned US-based manufacturer of payment solutions for the automated point-of-sale industry, on the sale of its UK-based Money Controls subsidiary to Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products

24-Sep-10
$371 million
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Target: 

Intec Telecom Systems plc

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Acquiror: 
CSG Systems

Advised CSG Systems, a leading provider of customer management and billing solutions in North America, on its acquisition of Intec Telecom Systems plc, a global provider of BSS solutions

16-Sep-10
$NA
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Target: 

KemFine UK Ltd

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Acquiror: 
AURELIUS AG

Advised KemFine Group Oy, a 3i portfolio company, on the sale of its UK-based fine chemicals business, KemFine UK Ltd, to AURELIUS AG

29-Jul-10
$328 million
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Target: 

Mitchell Communication Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Aegis Group plc

Advised Aegis Group plc on its acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group Limited, Australia’s leading independent media buyer

07-Jul-10
$1.8 billion
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Target: 

Viridian

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Acquiror: 
ESB

Advised Viridian, one of the leading electricity companies in the all Ireland market, on the sale of NIE, its regulated electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Northern Ireland, to ESB, the state owned vertically integrated utility in Republic of Ireland

28-Jun-10
$1.3 billion
U.K., Australia flags
Target: 

Guinness Peat Group plc

Advised GPG plc, a listed investment company, on potential restructuring alternatives

28-Jun-10
$336 million
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Target: 

Scott Wilson Group plc

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Acquiror: 
URS Corporation

Advised Scott Wilson Group plc, a LSE listed global integrated design and engineering consultancy, on its sale to URS Corporation, a global provider of engineering, construction and technical services

04-Jun-10
$232 million
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Manx Telecom

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Acquiror: 
HgCapital

Advised HgCapital, a leading European private equity investor, on its acquisition of Manx Telecom, the Isle of Man's main telecommunications and internet provider and a subsidiary of Telefónica S.A.

12-May-10
$NA
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Target: 

Experian plc

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Acquiror: 
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Advised Experian plc, the FTSE100 global information services company, on the sale of certain UK database marketing activities into a newly formed joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC

26-Apr-10
$1.5 billion
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Target: 

Chloride Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Emerson Electric Co.

Advised Emerson Electric Co., a diversified global technology and industrial company, on its acquisition of Chloride Group plc, a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems

06-Apr-10
$153 million
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Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited

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Acquiror: 
W.L. Ross & Co. LLC

Advised Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited, Virgin Group’s financial services arm, on the structuring of an investment of £100m from WL Ross & Co.

10-Mar-10
$576 million
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Target: 

Camelot Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan

Advised the shareholders of Camelot – Cadbury, De La Rue, Fujitsu, Royal Mail and Thales – on the sale of their shareholdings in Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, to Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan

08-Jan-10
$134 million
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Target: 

Minerva plc

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Acquiror: 
KiFin Limited

Advised Minerva plc, a UK real estate development company, on its successful defence following an unsolicited offer from KiFin Limited, a company that makes investments for the benefit of Mr Nathan Kirsh

04-Dec-09
$NA
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Target: 

Verivox Holding Limited

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Acquiror: 
Oakley Capital Private Equity LP

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

08-Oct-09
$455 million
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Ladbrokes Plc

Acted as Joint Financial Adviser to Ladbrokes plc, a leading UK based betting and gaming company, on its rights issue

18-Sep-09
$81 million
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Target: 

UKAEA Limited

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Acquiror: 
Babcock International Group plc

Advised United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Non Departmental Public Body, arm of the UK Government, on the sale of UKAEA Limited, its commercial nuclear decommissioning services business, to Babcock International Group plc

29-Jul-09
$573 million
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Target: 

Rexam plc

Acted as Financial Adviser and Joint Sponsor to Rexam plc, a leading global consumer packaging group, on its rights issue

16-Jul-09
$NA
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Target: 

Pension Trustees of Galiform PLC

Advised the Pension Trustees of the Galiform PLC Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to negotiate a revised schedule of payments to fund its deficit

05-Jul-09
$1.2 billion
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Target: 

Alcan Packaging’s Food Americas business (business unit of Rio Tinto plc)

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Acquiror: 
Bemis Company, Inc.

Advised Bemis Company, Inc., a global supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials, on its acquisition of Alcan Packaging’s Food Americas business

21-May-09
$111 million
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Target: 

Shanks Group plc

Acted as Financial Adviser and Sponsor to Shanks Group plc, a leading European waste management group, on its rights issue

18-May-09
$114 million
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Target: 

Close Brothers Corporate Finance Holdings Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.

Advised Close Brothers Group plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its corporate finance subsidiary to Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.

19-Mar-09
$349 million
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Target: 

Inchcape plc

Provided financial advice to Inchcape, the leading independent international automotive retailer, on its assessment of funding and strategic options, resulting in a significant rights issue to strengthen the balance sheet

01-Dec-08
$NA
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Target: 

Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Cheil Worldwide, Inc.

Advised Cheil Worldwide, Inc, South Korea’s largest marketing agency, on the acquisition of Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd, a leading independent UK advertising agency

19-Aug-08
$NA
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Crown Paints

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Acquiror: 
Endless LLP

Advised AkzoNobel on the sale of its Crown Paints decorative paints business in the United Kingdom and Ireland to Endless LLP, an independent private equity house

06-Aug-08
$10.7 billion
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Target: 

Lonmin plc

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Acquiror: 
Xstrata plc

Advised Lonmin plc, a major producer of Platinum Group Metals, regarding an unsolicited pre-conditional offer for the company by Xstrata plc, a global diversified mining company

28-Jul-08
$2.1 billion
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Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc in relation to its acquisition of the 50% interest it does not already own in Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited, a joint venture with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. Tesco Personal Finance offers a range of retail insurance and banking products under the Tesco brand

02-Jul-08
$NA
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NewSmith Capital

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Acquiror: 
UniCredit SpA

Advised NewSmith Capital, an independent investment management group, on a strategic agreement with UniCredit whereby UniCredit will acquire NewSmith’s Financial Products credit advisory business, assume a 5% stake in NewSmith Capital and become an investor in NewSmith funds

30-Jun-08
$720 million
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THUS Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Cable & Wireless plc

Advised THUS Group plc, a fixed line business telecommunications provider, on a cash offer from Cable & Wireless plc

21-May-08
$85 million
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Target: 

Dobbies Garden Centres plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc in relation to its public cash offer to acquire the 35% of Dobbies Garden Centres plc which it does not already own

20-Mar-08
$89 million
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ArmorGroup International plc

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Acquiror: 
G4S plc

Advised G4S plc on its public offer for ArmorGroup International plc, a leading provider of defensive and protective security services to national governments, multinational corporations and international peace and security organisations operating in hostile environments

18-Dec-07
$715 million
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Global Solutions Limited

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Acquiror: 
G4S plc

Advised G4S plc on the acquisition of Global Solutions Limited, an international leader in the provision of critical primary and support services for governments, companies and public authorities. GSL is a pioneer of outsourced justice services on three continents

26-Nov-07
$11.4 billion
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Kelda Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Citi Infrastructure Investors, GIC Special Investments, Infracapital Partners and HSBC Bank

Advised Kelda Group plc, a leading provider of water and waste water services in the UK, on a recommended cash offer from a consortium of international infrastructure investors

11-Oct-07
$1.2 billion
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Target: 

Foseco plc

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Acquiror: 
Cookson Group plc

Advised Foseco plc, a provider of consumables to the Foundry and Steel industries, on a recommended cash offer from Cookson Group plc

31-Jul-07
$491 million
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DEUTZ Power Systems

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Acquiror: 
3i

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

05-Jul-07
$630 million
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Target: 

ALM Media Group Holdings, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Incisive Media Ltd. (portfolio company of Apax Partners)

Advised Incisive Media, a portfolio company of Apax Partners, on the acquisition of ALM Media, a leading integrated media company focused on the legal and real estate sectors and the largest provider of B2B information to the US legal market

12-Jun-07
$184 million
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Jane’s Information Group

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Acquiror: 
IHS Inc.

Advised The Woodbridge Company Limited, the holding company for the Thomson family’s investments, on the sale of Jane’s Information Group, a world-leading provider of information and analysis on global defence and security, to IHS Inc.

08-Jun-07
$448 million
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Dobbies Garden Centres plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Acted as financial adviser to Tesco plc on its recommended acquisition of Dobbies Garden Centres plc, one of the UK's largest garden centre retailers

04-Jun-07
$2.9 billion
U.S.A., U.K. flags
Target: 

Slough Estates USA (subsidiary of Slough Estates plc)

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Acquiror: 
Health Care Property Investors

Provided oversight of the process and an informal second opinion to the senior management of Slough Estates plc

21-May-07
$6.3 billion
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Target: 

EMI Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited

Acted as lead financial advisor to global music industry player EMI Group plc, on a recommended cash offer from Maltby Limited, a company formed at the direction of Terra Firma

14-May-07
$1.0 billion
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Target: 

Datamonitor plc

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Acquiror: 
Informa plc

Acted as financial adviser to Informa plc on its recommended acquisition of Datamonitor plc, a leading global provider of market intelligence

30-Mar-07
$1.2 billion
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Target: 

Initial Electronic Security Group

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Acquiror: 
United Technologies Corp.

(the electronic security division of Rentokil Initial plc)
Advised Rentokil Initial on the sale of its electronic security division to United Technologies Corp.

30-Mar-07
$24.4 billion
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Target: 

Alliance Boots plc

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Acquiror: 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd. and Stefano Pessina

Advised Alliance Boots plc, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, on a proposal regarding an offer for the company from a consortium comprising of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd. and Stefano Pessina

26-Mar-07
$1.0 billion
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Wolters Kluwer Education

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Acquiror: 
Bridgepoint Capital Limited

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

21-Mar-07
$53 million
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BuckHickman InOne

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Acquiror: 
The BSS Group plc

Advised Premier Farnell plc, a global distributor of electronic components and industrial products, on the sale of its UK industrial tools distribution division

29-Jan-07
$900 million
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Eggborough CTA Bonds

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Acquiror: 
Ampere plc (a newly formed company)

Advised an ad hoc committee of bondholders representing over 70% of the debt in Eggborough Power Limited, a UK power station, on (a) the formation of a new company for the purpose of acquiring and holding a controlling interest in the Eggborough CTA Bonds and (b) an associated US$600m financing. The Eggborough CTA Bonds include an option to purchase Eggborough power station in March 2010

15-Dec-06
$19.1 billion
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Gallaher Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Japan Tobacco Inc.

Advised Gallaher Group plc, the world’s fifth largest tobacco company, on a recommended cash offer from Japan Tobacco Inc

10-Nov-06
$1.9 billion
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Target: 

John Laing plc

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Acquiror: 
Henderson Equity Partners

Advised John Laing plc, the leading UK infrastructure investor and developer, on a recommended cash offer

21-Sep-06
$385 million
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Target: 

Incisive Media plc

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Acquiror: 
Apax Partners Worldwide LLP

Advised the Independent Directors of Incisive Media plc, a B2B media publisher, on a recommended MBO approach backed by Apax

08-Aug-06
$565 million
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Target: 

Emdeon Practice Services, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
The Sage Group plc

Advised The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions

03-Aug-06
$136 million
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Target: 

Study Group International

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Acquiror: 
CHAMP Private Equity / Petersen Investments

(a unit of Daily Mail & General Trust plc)
Advised Daily Mail & General Trust plc on the sale of Study Group International to CHAMP Private Equity and Petersen Investments

17-Jul-06
$132 million
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Target: 

Leader Price Polska Sp. z.o.o.

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

(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

21-Jun-06
$NA
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Target: 

Foster Yeoman Limited

U.K., Switzerland flags
Acquiror: 
Aggregate Industries Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Holcim Ltd)

Advised Aggregate Industries Limited on a recommended cash offer for Foster Yeoman Limited, a privately-held UK heavy building materials group

19-May-06
$1.4 billion
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Target: 

London Stock Exchange Group plc

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Acquiror: 
The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.

(25.1% stake)
Advised The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., the largest electronic equity securities market in the United States, on the acquisition of a 25.1% stake in London Stock Exchange plc

12-Apr-06
$NA
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Target: 

WH Smith PLC

Advised WH Smith PLC on the demerger of its Retail business

27-Mar-06
$231 million
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Target: 

Aberdeen Journals Ltd

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Acquiror: 
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd

(wholly owned by Northcliffe Newspapers, the regional newspaper division of DMGT) Advised Daily Mail and General Trust’s regional newspaper division, Northcliffe Newspapers on its sale of Aberdeen Journals, publisher of the Aberdeen Press & Journal and Aberdeen Evening Express to DC Thomson, a leading Scottish publisher

24-Feb-06
$860 million
U.S.A., U.K. flags
Target: 

Aquarion Company

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Bank

(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kelda Group plc) Advised Kelda Group plc on the sale of Aquarion Company, one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the US

01-Feb-06
$105 million
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Your Communications

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Acquiror: 
THUS Group plc

Advised THUS Group plc on the acquisition of Your Communications, an alternative business telecoms carrier, from United Utilities plc

15-Dec-05
$4.5 billion
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Target: 

Drax Group Limited

Advised bondholders of Drax Group Limited on the refinancing & listing of, and possible offers for, the company. On 15-Dec-05, Drax Group plc was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange

29-Nov-05
$556 million
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Initial Style Conferences

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Acquiror: 
Alternative Hotel Group

(the conferences business of Rentokil Initial plc)
Advised Rentokil Initial on the sale of its conferences division, Initial Style Conferences, to Alternative Hotel Group (a group of investors led by Richard Balfour-Lynn and other MWB directors acting in their private capacity partnering with Bank of Scotland)

11-Nov-05
$1.2 billion
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Refco Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Man Financial Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Man Group plc

Advised Refco Inc. on the sale of substantially all of the assets of Refco's regulated commodities futures business to Man Financial

13-Sep-05
$NA
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AEA Technology plc

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Acquiror: 
Coller Capital

Advised AEA Technology plc, a UK provider of Rail and Environmental services, on the sale of a portfolio of non-core businesses to Coller Capital. The sale formed part of a wider financial restructuring plan

01-Sep-05
$NA
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Minit Group

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Acquiror: 
CVC Capital Partners

(wholly owned by UBS Capital)
Advised UBS Capital on its sale of the Minit Group, the world's largest shoe repair and key cutting services chain, to CVC Capital Partners

22-Aug-05
$NA
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Target: 

Rentokil Initial plc

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Acquiror: 
Raphoe Management Limited

Advised leading European support services company Rentokil Initial on unsolicited approach from Raphoe Management Limited

18-Jul-05
$101 million
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Target: 

TeleCity Plc

U.S.A., U.K. flags
Acquiror: 
Inhoco 3236 plc (joint venture between 3i and Oak Hill Capital)

Advised TeleCity plc on the recommended offer by 3i and Oak Hill Capital

21-Jun-05
$714 million
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Target: 

Scottish Radio Holdings plc

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Acquiror: 
EMAP plc

Advised UK radio and regional press company Scottish Radio Holdings plc on a recommended offer by EMAP plc

01-Jun-05
$1.4 billion
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Target: 

IIR

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Acquiror: 
T&F Informa

Advised T&F Informa on the acquisition of IIR, a leading provider of performance improvement solutions and organiser of conferences and exhibitions. The acquisition is to be financed via a rights issue of c.$570m and a new debt facility

12-Jan-05
$4.5 billion
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Target: 

Aggregate Industries PLC

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Acquiror: 
Holcim Ltd.

Advised Aggregate Industries PLC on the sale of the company to Holcim Ltd

27-Oct-04
$3.0 billion
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Target: 

Warner Chilcott PLC

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Acquiror: 
Waren Acquisition Limited

Advised Warner Chilcott on approaches received and on recommended proposed acquisition by Waren Acquisition Limited, a vehicle funded by DLJ Merchant Banking and J.P. Morgan Partners, later joined by Bain Capital Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners

28-Apr-04
$161 million
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Atlantic Electric and Gas Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Scottish and Southern Energy plc

Advised Atlantic Electric and Gas, an affiliate of Sempra Energy, on the sale of its assets to Scottish and Southern Energy.

19-Apr-04
$1.9 billion
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Target: 

WH Smith PLC

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Acquiror: 
Jamaica Trading Limited (an acquisition vehicle funded by Permira)

Advised WH Smith PLC on a possible offer for the company from Permira Advisers Limited

02-Mar-04
$2.1 billion
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Target: 

Taylor & Francis Group Plc

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Acquiror: 
Informa Group Plc

Advised Informa Group on its merger with Taylor & Francis. Following the merger, Informa shareholders own 51% of the combined company

23-Jan-04
$155 million
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Target: 

Cable & Wireless

Advised Cable & Wireless plc in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of its U.S. subsidiary, Cable & Wireless America, including its sale to Savvis Communications for $155 million

23-Oct-03
$3.1 billion
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Debenhams plc

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Acquiror: 
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

09-Jun-03
$237 million
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Target: 

Kelda Group plc’s

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Acquiror: 
Terra Firma Investments

46% stake in Waste Recycling Group plc
Advised Kelda Group plc on the disposal of its 46% stake in Waste Recycling Group plc.

31-Jan-03
$NA
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Target: 

Charles Schwab Europe

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Acquiror: 
Barclays PLC

Advised The Charles Schwab Corporation on the sale of its British pound sterling brokerage business, to Barclays PLC.

13-Dec-02
$1.5 billion
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Target: 

Burger King Corp

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Acquiror: 
Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners

(subsidiary of Diageo plc) Advised Diageo plc on sale of Burger King Corporation restaurant system.

30-Oct-02
$588 million
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T&S Stores Plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco PLC

Advised Tesco PLC, Britain’s largest retailing group, on its acquisition of T&S Stores plc, a publicly listed convenience store retailer operating in the UK.

29-Aug-02
$6.2 billion
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Marconi plc

Advised the official committee of bondholders of Marconi, a leading telecom equipment provider, on the financial restructuring of Marconi's £4 billion of externally held financial indebtedness

16-May-02
$545 million
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Go Fly Ltd

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Acquiror: 
easyJet plc

(majority owned by 3i plc)
Advised Go Fly, Europe’s No. 3 no-frills airline, on its sale to easyJet. The acquisition created Europe’s largest low cost airline.

18-Jan-02
$520 million
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Thus plc

Advised THUS plc on its underwritten £275 million open offer, £90 million bank loan and demerger from its parent, ScottishPower

30-Jul-01
$117 million
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Kymata Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Alcatel Optronics

Advised Kymata Ltd, the Scottish manufacturer of optical components, on its sale to Alcatel Optronics of France.

19-Apr-01
$10.0 billion
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GKN plc

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Acquiror: 
Brambles Industries Ltd

(Industrial Services)
Advised Brambles on its merger with the industrial services division of GKN under a dual listed companies structure

25-Mar-01
$9.7 billion
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Cable & Wireless Optus Limited

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Acquiror: 
Singapore Telecommunications Limited

, 52.5% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc Advised C&W on the sale of its 52.5% owned Australian subsidiary, Cable & Wireless Optus, to SingTel

05-Feb-01
$316 million
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General Mills, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
International Multifoods Corporation

(Pillsbury Desserts & Baking Mixes Portfolio)
Advised Diageo on divestiture of Pillsbury’s Desserts & Baking Mix business to gain FTC approval for the sale of Pillsbury to General Mills.

19-Dec-00
$8.2 billion
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Seagram

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Acquiror: 
Diageo plc and Pernod Ricard

(Spirits Division)
Advised Diageo on its joint agreed bid with Pernod Ricard for Seagram’s spirits business.

22-Sep-00
$750 million
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AerFi Group plc

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Acquiror: 
debis AirFinance (subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler AG)

Advised AerFi on its sale to debis AirFinance .

17-Jul-00
$10.5 billion
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Target: 

Diageo plc

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Acquiror: 
General Mills, Inc.

Advised Diageo on the sale of The Pillsbury Company for $5.1 billion in assumed debt and $5.4 billion in stock to General Mills.

31-Mar-00
$498 million
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Dorling Kindersley plc

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Acquiror: 
Pearson plc

Advised Dorling Kindersley, a leading and innovative book publisher, on the sale of the company to Pearson in an all cash transaction.

28-Feb-00
$38.1 billion
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Hong Kong Telecom

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Century Cyberworks

, 54% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc
Advised C&W on the sale of Hong Kong Telecom (54% owned subsidiary of C&W) to PCCW in non-Japan Asia’s largest ever transaction.

11-Nov-99
$732 million
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Indigo Aviation AB

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Acquiror: 
AerFi Group plc

Advised AerFi Group on its acquisition of Indigo Aviation. The transaction involved a negotiated purchase of 72% of Indigo for shares of AerFi followed by a cash tender offer for the remaining 28% of the outstanding Indigo shares.

06-Aug-99
$12.8 billion
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One2One

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Acquiror: 
Deutsche Telekom AG

(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

30-Jul-99
$2.5 billion
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Mirror Group PLC

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Acquiror: 
Trinity plc

Advised Trinity on its merger with Mirror Group to form Trinity Mirror, the UK’s largest newspaper publisher

26-Jul-99
$23.3 billion
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Cable & Wireless Communications plc

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Acquiror: 
Cable and Wireless plc

, 53% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc Advised C&W on the reorganisation of Cable & Wireless Communications, including the sale of CWC’s consumer businesses to NTL and the acquisition of the public minority interest in CWC’s business telephony, data and IP operations

01-Jun-99
$601 million
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Aquarion Company

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Acquiror: 
Kelda Group plc

Advised Kelda Group (formerly Yorkshire Water) on the all-cash purchase of Aquarion Company, a US water utility group.

12-Mar-99
$3.1 billion
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M&G Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Prudential Corp. plc

Advised M&G Group on the sale of the company for cash to Prudential, the United Kingdom’s largest life insurer and fund manager.

16-Jul-98
$1.5 billion
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iMCI

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Acquiror: 
Cable and Wireless plc

, MCI’s Internet Business
Advised C&W on the financing of its iMCI acquisition via the largest equity primary placement to date in the London market

22-Jul-97
$1.7 billion
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Cigarrera La Moderna

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Acquiror: 
B.A.T. Industries Plc

, subsidiary of Empresas La Moderna Advised Empresas La Moderna on the sale of its subsidiary Cigarrera La Moderna, Mexico’s largest cigarette producer, for a combination of cash and redeemable notes

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