Recent Transactions

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

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

21-Jan-15
$3.0 billion
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Hiland Partners, LP

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Acquiror: 
Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Advised Hiland Partners, a leading midstream energy company with operations primarily in the Bakken Shale, on its sale to Kinder Morgan, North America’s largest energy infrastructure company

19-Dec-14
$NA
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NYK Ports LLC

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

Advised NYK Ports LLC, a leading port operating and stevedoring company, on the sale of a 49% stake to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, a leading Australian infrastructure fund

21-Nov-14
$203 million
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Tipness Limited

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Acquiror: 
Nippon Television Holdings

Advised Nippon Television Holdings, a media and content company engaged in production and broadcasting primarily in Japan, on the acquisition of Tipness Limited, the fourth largest fitness club company in Japan,  from Suntory Holdings and Marubeni Corporation

01-Oct-14
$NA
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Modern Star Pty Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Navis Capital

Advised Modern Star, Australia and New Zealand’s #1 supplier of education resources and educational toys, on the sale of 90% of its shares to Navis Capital, a leading private equity group focused on investments in South and Southeast Asia

30-Sep-14
$NA
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Masco Corporation

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Advised Masco Corporation, a leading global provider of home improvement and building products, on the tax-free spin-off of its Installation Services business

25-Jul-14
$NA
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Stakes in David Jones and Country Road

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Acquiror: 
Woolworths Holdings

Advised Solomon Lew in reviewing his strategic options in relation to David Jones and Country Road. Mr Lew ultimately sold his 11.8% stake in the tightly held Country Road to Woolworths Holdings. Woolworths Holdings also acquired David Jones, Australia’s premier department store, in which Mr Lew held a 9.9% stake

24-Jul-14
$3.0 billion
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QR Energy, LP

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Acquiror: 
BreitBurn Energy Partners LP

Advised QR Energy, LP on the merger with Breitburn Energy Partners LP to create the largest oil-weighted MLP in the upstream oil & gas sector

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

01-Apr-14
$NA
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Dillard's, Inc. (Credit Card Assets)

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Acquiror: 
Wells Fargo & Company

Advised Dillard’s, Inc. on a strategic alliance relating to its credit card business with Wells Fargo & Company

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

06-Mar-14
$10.0 billion
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Safeway Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Albertsons (majority owned by Cerberus Capital Management)

Advised the Board of Directors of Safeway Inc., a leading food and drug retailer, on its acquisition by Albertsons

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

09-Dec-13
$NA
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Lazada Group GmbH

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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

04-Dec-13
$850 million
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Megapolis Distribution

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Acquiror: 
Japan Tobacco Inc

Advised Japan Tobacco Inc in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in Megapolis Distribution B.V., Russia’s leading tobacco distributor

04-Nov-13
$4.9 billion
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Berry Petroleum Co.

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LINN Energy, LLC

Advised the Independent Directors of LINN Energy, LLC, the largest oil & gas upstream MLP, related to the amended terms of the acquisition of Berry Petroleum Company

21-Oct-13
$4.8 billion
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Devon Energy Corporation (U.S. Midstream Assets)

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Acquiror: 
Crosstex Energy, Inc. & Crosstex Energy, L.P.

Advised Crosstex Energy, Inc. & Crosstex Energy, L.P., a leading U.S. based midstream company, on the creation of a new midstream energy partnership with Devon Energy Corporation, a top-five U.S. independent exploration & production company

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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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

03-Sep-13
$830 million
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American Roads LLC

Advised American Roads LLC, the operator of five toll road facilities in the United States and Canada, in connection with its pre-arranged Chapter 11 proceedings

17-Jun-13
$200 million
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Tesoro Hawaii, LLC

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Acquiror: 
Par Petroleum

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Par Petroleum in connection with its acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, LLC from Tesoro Corporation

06-May-13
~$7.0 billion
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Crestwood Midstream Partners LP

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Acquiror: 
Inergy, L.P. / Inergy Midstream L.P.

Advised Inergy, a leading diversified midstream energy company, and its affiliates on their merger with Crestwood Midstream Partners LP and affiliates

26-Apr-13
$NA
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Yakult Honsha

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Acquiror: 
Danone

Advised Danone, a world leading food company, on its business and capital alliance with Yakult Honsha, the largest probiotic dairy product manufacturer in Japan

01-Mar-13
$1.7 billion
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50% of El Paso Natural Gas and 50% of El Paso Midstream Investment Company

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.

Advised the Independent Directors of the Board of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners on the acquisition of 50% of El Paso Natural Gas, a ~10,000 mile natural gas pipeline system connecting the Permian Basin in Texas / New Mexico with key consumer markets in Arizona, California and Mexico, and 50% of El Paso Midstream Investment Company which includes oil and gas gathering and processing assets in the Altamont region in Northeast Utah and in the Eagle Ford shale play in Southwest Texas

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