Capabilities by Industry: Industrial

Greenhill has considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Industrial 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.

Our broad experience in the Industrial sector includes the following areas: capital goods and equipment; chemicals; diversified industrials; forest products; packaging ; and transportation.

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

Recent Transactions

17-Feb-00
$866 million
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Shorewood Packaging Corporation

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International Paper Company

Advised Shorewood on its successful hostile takeover defense from Chesapeake Corp., achieving a $21.00 friendly cash offer from an original $17.25 hostile bid.

19-Apr-01
$10.0 billion
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GKN plc

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Brambles Industries Ltd

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

16-Jul-01
$982 million
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Sterling Chemicals

Advised Sterling Chemicals in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings

29-Aug-01
$5.9 billion
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Westvaco Corporation

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The Mead Corporation

Advised Westvaco Corporation, a packaging and paper products company, on its merger-of-equals with The Mead Corporation

14-Oct-01
$4.5 billion (Liabilities)
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Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Advised Bethlehem Steel Corp., the United States third largest steel producer, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings and eventual sale to International Steel

16-May-02
$545 million
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Go Fly Ltd

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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.

25-Apr-03
$20.8 billion
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AMR Corporation

Advised AMR, parent of American Airlines, on strategic alternatives and implementation of a historic out-of-court restructuring through which a variety of stakeholder concessions were achieved, averting bankruptcy

26-Aug-04
$1.2 billion
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Dresser-Rand Co.

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First Reserve Corporation

(subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Co.) Advised Ingersoll-Rand Company on the divestiture of its Dresser-Rand business unit, a supplier of steam and gas turbines, for $1.2 billion to First Reserve Corporation.

15-Oct-04
$135 million
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Akzo Nobel N.V.

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Nuplex Industries Ltd.

Advised Akzo Nobel N.V., a global leader in coatings, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, on the sale of its coating resins activities to Nuplex Industries Ltd.

27-Oct-04
$3.0 billion
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Warner Chilcott PLC

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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

18-Jan-05
$2.3 billion
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MeadWestvaco Corporation

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Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

/ Papers Business
Provided fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of MeadWestvaco Corporation on the sale of its Papers business and associated assets to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P

19-May-05
$7.2 billion+
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US Airways Group

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America West Holdings

Advised America West Holdings in connection with its merger with US Airways Group. (+Transaction value represents enterprise value of combined entity, including capitalized operating leases of $4.8 billion)

08-Aug-05
$2.7 billion
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Maytag Corporation

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Whirlpool Corporation

Advised Whirlpool Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of major home appliances, on its acquisition of Maytag Corporation

08-Oct-05
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General Motors

Advised General Motors in connection with the Chapter 11 of Delphi, its largest supplier and former subsidiary

20-Oct-05
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Drakkar Holdings SA (Adisseo Group)

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China National Chemical Corporation

Advised CVC Capital Partners on the divestiture of Adisseo via the sale of Drakkar Holdings SA to China National BlueStar, a subsidiary of state-owned diversified chemicals company China National Chemical Corporation. Adisseo is a leading player in the animal nutrition market

28-Nov-05
$103 million
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Akzo Nobel N.V.

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Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.

(Ink and Adhesive Resins business) Advised Akzo Nobel N.V., a global leader in coatings, chemicals and healthcare on the sale of its Ink and Adhesive Resins business to Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc

20-Feb-06
$254 million
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Textile Effects

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Huntsman Corporation

(division of Ciba Specialty Chemicals AG)
Advised Ciba Specialty Chemicals AG on the sale of its global Textile Effects business

10-Nov-06
$1.9 billion
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John Laing plc

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Henderson Equity Partners

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

21-Dec-06
$3.3 billion
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Raytheon Aircraft Company

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Goldman Sachs Capital Partners / Onex Partners

Provided advisory services and fairness opinion to the board of directors of Raytheon Company, a market leader in the aerospace and defense industry, on the sale of its Raytheon Aircraft division, which offers aircrafts and services and the renowned Hawker and Beechcraft brand names

19-Mar-07
$5.5 billion
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The ServiceMaster Company

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Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Provided fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of The ServiceMaster Company, a diversified consumer services business whose brands include Terminix, TruGreen and American Home Shield, in connection with its sale to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

30-Mar-07
$1.2 billion
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Initial Electronic Security Group

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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.

03-May-07
$8.5 billion
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IPSCO Inc.

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SSAB Svenskt Stål AB

Acted as lead financial advisor to SSAB Svenskt Stål AB on its acquisition of IPSCO Inc., a leading Canadian producer of energy tubulars and steel plate in North America with an annual steel making capacity of 4.3 million tons

18-Jul-07
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SF-Chem AG

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CABB GmbH

Sole advisor to CABB, a leading producer of monochloroacetic acid and related specialty intermediates, on the acquisition of SF-Chem, a manufacturer of chlorine and sulphur specialty intermediates

31-Jul-07
$491 million
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DEUTZ Power Systems

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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

13-Aug-07
$185 million
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Central Lewmar LLC

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International Paper Co.

Advised Central Lewmar, a leading distributor of paper and packaging in the United States, on its sale to International Paper’s xpedx distribution business

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