Capabilities by Region: United Kingdom

Greenhill has considerable advisory experience in the United Kingdom. Our Managing Directors and professionals have advised clients on transactions involving many of the leading companies in the region and have access to a vast network of corporate relationships throughout the United Kingdom.

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

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

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

Recent Transactions

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

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.

30-Mar-07
$24.4 billion
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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-Jul-99
$23.3 billion
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Cable & Wireless Communications plc

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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

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

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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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

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

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

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)

06-Aug-08
$10.7 billion
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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

17-Jul-00
$10.5 billion
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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

21-May-07
$6.3 billion
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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

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

24-Jul-15
$5.6 billion
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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

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

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

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

15-Dec-05
$4.5 billion
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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

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