Capabilities by Industry: Financial Services

Greenhill has considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Financial Services sector.  Our Managing Directors and professionals in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Brazil and Japan have executed many of the most significant and complex transactions for some of the leading companies in the industry.

Our experience in the Financial Services industry encompasses the following sub-sectors: asset management; banking and brokerage; financial technology; and insurance.

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

Recent Transactions

27-May-10
$79 million
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TOWER Australia Group Limited

Advised TOWER Australia, a provider of life insurance, risk, superannuation and retirement solutions, on its non-accelerated, 1 for 7 renounceable entitlement offer

22-Apr-10
$1.9 billion
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Bank of America Corporation

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AXA Private Equity

Advised AXA Private Equity, a leading European diversified private equity firm, on the acquisition of a portfolio of limited partnership interests in private equity funds from Bank of America

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

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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.

01-Apr-10
$230 million
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Primerica Inc.

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Warburg Pincus

Advised Primerica Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., on a series of transactions, including the concurrent sale of a minority stake to Warburg Pincus and initial public offering

15-Dec-09
$4.5 billion
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Prudential Financial, Inc.

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Wells Fargo & Company

Advised Wells Fargo on the acquisition of Prudential Financial’s noncontrolling interest in their retail brokerage Joint Venture

27-Aug-09
$144 million
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NYFIX, Inc.

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NYSE Euronext

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of NYFIX, Inc., a provider of electronic trading solutions, on its sale to NYSE Euronext

06-Jul-09
$2.0 billion
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PARIS RE Holdings Ltd.

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PartnerRe Ltd.

Advised PartnerRe Ltd., a leading global reinsurer, providing multi-line reinsurance to insurance companies, on its acquisition of PARIS RE Holdings Ltd., a French-listed, Swiss-based diversified reinsurer

28-May-09
$107 million
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Tristone Capital Global Inc.

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Macquarie Group

Advised Tristone Capital Global Inc., an independent advisory firm focused on the global energy sector, on its sale to Macquarie Group

18-May-09
$114 million
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Close Brothers Corporate Finance Holdings Ltd.

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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.

31-Mar-09
$1.7 billion
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IPC Holdings, Ltd.

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Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Advised Validus Holdings, Ltd., a leading Bermuda-based reinsurer, on its offer to acquire IPC Holdings, Ltd.

02-Jul-08
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NewSmith Capital

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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

14-Apr-08
$143 million
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Clayton Holdings, Inc.

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Greenfield Partners

Advised Greenfield Partners on its acquisition of Clayton Holdings, a leading due diligence and surveillance provider

07-Mar-08
$1.5 billion
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Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

Advised a consortium of leading global financial institutions and investors, including but not limited to Banc of America Securities LLC; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; Dresdner Kleinwort Securities LLC; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; and UBS Securities LLC, on its participation in a recapitalization of Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

07-Nov-07
$652 million
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Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.

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The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

Advised Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc, the third largest options market in the US and the nation's oldest stock exchange, on its sale to the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

02-Oct-07
$4.6 billion
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Nikko Cordial Corporation

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Citigroup, Inc.

Advised Nikko Cordial, one of Japan’s largest securities firms, on its share exchange with Citigroup Inc., which resulted in Citigroup’s acquisition of the remaining 32% of Nikko Cordial that it did not already own

30-May-07
$5.3 billion
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Ceridian Corporation

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Thomas H. Lee Partners and Fidelity National Financial

Acted as sole financial adviser to Ceridian Corporation, an information services provider to the human resource, transportation and retail markets, on its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Fidelity National Financial

29-May-07
$99.1 billion
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ABN AMRO Holding NV

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Acquiror: 
Fortis SA/NV, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Banco Santander Central Hispano, SA

Advised Fortis on an offer by Fortis, RBS and Santander for ABN AMRO

16-Apr-07
$25.0 billion
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SLM Corporation

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J.C. Flowers, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase

Advised the Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors of SLM Corporation, commonly known as Sallie Mae, on the sale to a consortium consisting of J.C. Flowers, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase

22-Dec-06
$115 million
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The 401(K) Company (a subsidiary of Nationwide Financial)

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The Charles Schwab Corporation

Advised The Charles Schwab Corporation on its acquisition of The 401(K) Company from Nationwide Financial. The 401(K) Company is a leading provider of defined contribution retirement administration services

20-Dec-06
$424 million
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Aton Capital

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Acquiror: 
Bank Austria Creditanstalt / UniCredit Group

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)

11-Oct-06
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Visa USA

Advised Visa USA in its announced plans to merge with Visa Canada and Visa International to form Visa Inc., a new public global corporation

04-Aug-06
$290 million
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Republic Companies Group, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Delek Capital Ltd.

Advised Republic Companies Group, Inc., a regional provider of personal and commercial property and casualty insurance products

19-May-06
$1.4 billion
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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-Dec-05
$83 million
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Ibbotson Associates

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Morningstar Inc.

Advised Ibbotson Associates on its sale to Morningstar Inc. for $83 million

25-Oct-05
$2.1 billion
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BHW Holding AG

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Deutsche Postbank AG

Advised BHW Holding AG, a retail financial services group, in connection with its sale to Deutsche Postbank AG, Germany’s largest retail bank

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