Capabilities by Industry: Technology

Greenhill has considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Technology 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 Technology industry encompasses the following sub-sectors: consulting and IT services; enterprise software and security; internet; networking; and semiconductors, capital equipment and materials.

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

Recent Transactions

23-Jun-97
$4.4 billion
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Tandem Computers Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Compaq Computer Corporation

Advised Compaq on the purchase, for stock, of Tandem, a maker of fault-tolerant server and hardware products

26-Jan-98
$9.6 billion
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Digital Equipment Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Compaq Computer Corporation

Advised Compaq on the purchase, for cash and stock, of Digital, a maker of PCs and high performance servers and a provider of enterprise solutions and multi-vendor services. The acquisition is the largest technology transaction to date and creates the second largest enterprise computing company in the world

02-Mar-98
$400 million
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Olsy SpA (Olivetti SpA)

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Wang Laboratories Inc.

Advised Wang on its acquisition of Olsy, the systems and solutions division of Olivetti, for a combination of cash and securities.

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

29-Jun-99
$3.0 billion
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Alta Vista Company

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CMGI Inc.

(Compaq Computer Corp.) Advised Compaq Computer Corporation on the sale of an 83% stake in the Alta Vista Company for a combination of CMGI common equity, preferred stock and a note

23-May-01
$950 million
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Structural Dynamics Research Corporation

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EDS Corp

Advised EDS on its acquisition of SDRC, a developer of enterprise-wide product data management software.

23-May-01
$170 million
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Unigraphics Solutions Inc.

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EDS Corp

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Advised EDS on its acquisition of the outstanding publicly held shares (14%) of Unigraphics Solutions, a provider of product data management software.

30-Jul-01
$117 million
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Kymata Ltd.

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Alcatel Optronics

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

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

18-Jul-05
$101 million
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TeleCity Plc

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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

08-Aug-06
$565 million
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Emdeon Practice Services, Inc.

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The Sage Group plc

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

19-Dec-06
$270 million
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Brion Technologies, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
ASML Holding N.V.

Advised ASML Holding N.V., a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, on its acquisition of Brion Technologies, Inc.

05-Aug-08
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BARTEC Group

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Acquiror: 
Capvis

Advised Capvis, a leading Swiss private equity firm, on its acquisition of the BARTEC Group, a leading European provider of industrial safety technology, from Allianz Capital Partners, the captive private equity arm of Allianz AG, and the Barlian family (founding family)

15-Sep-08
$189 million
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Fermat International

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Moody’s Corporation

Advised Moody’s Corporation on its acquisition of Fermat International, a leading provider of risk and performance management software to the global banking sector

23-Mar-09
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BearingPoint, Inc.

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Various

Advised BearingPoint, Inc. on the sale of substantially all of its assets, pursuant to a Section 363 process

01-May-09
$65 million
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euNetworks Group Limited

Advised euNetworks Group Ltd, a Singapore listed operator of a fibre telecommunications network in Europe, on a repurchase at a discount of the majority of its outstanding convertible bonds, financed by a placement and rights issue

06-Oct-09
$1.2 billion
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Avocent Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Emerson Electric Co.

Advised Emerson Electric Co., a diversified global technology and industrial company, on its acquisition of Avocent Corporation, a manufacturer of software and hardware products

06-Oct-09
$263 milllion
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ICT Group

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Sykes Enterprises

Advised ICT Group on its merger with Sykes Enterprises, both leading global providers of outsourced customer contact management solutions and services

04-Dec-09
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Verivox Holding Limited

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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

12-May-10
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Experian plc

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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

24-May-10
$1.4 billion
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Sterling Commerce, Inc. (an AT&T Inc. company)

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IBM Corporation

Advised AT&T Inc., a premier communications holding company, on its sale of Sterling Commerce, Inc., an enterprise software and services provider, to IBM Corporation, a global IT products and services provider

01-Jun-10
$109 million
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AT&T Japan (an AT&T Inc. company)

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Internet Initiative Japan

Advised AT&T Inc., a premier communications holding company, on its sale of the domestic network outsourcing business of AT&T Japan, its Japanese enterprise unit, to Internet Initiative Japan, one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers

04-Jun-10
$232 million
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Manx Telecom

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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.

23-Aug-10
$230 million
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LANDesk Software

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Acquiror: 
Thoma Bravo

Advised Emerson Electric Co., a diversified global manufacturing and technology company, on its carve-out and sale of LANDesk Software, a provider of systems, security and IT service management software, to Thoma Bravo

24-Sep-10
$371 million
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Intec Telecom Systems plc

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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

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