Recent Transactions

17-Jun-16
$310 million
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Dobbies Garden Centres

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Acquiror: 
Investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its sale of Dobbies Garden Centres to an investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital

10-Jun-16
$NA
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Giraffe restaurants

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Acquiror: 
Boparan Private Office

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its sale of the Giraffe casual dining restaurant chain to the Boparan Private Office, the private investment vehicle of the British businessman Ranjit Boparan

01-Jun-16
$221 million
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Patties Foods Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Equity Partners

Advised Patties Foods Ltd (ASX:PFL), the leading Australian branded frozen food Company, with market leadership in the frozen savoury and frozen dessert segments, on its proposed sale to Pacific Equity Partners via Scheme of Arrangement

02-May-16
$NA
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Fairway Group Holdings Corp.

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Advised Fairway Group Holdings Corp., a grocery store chain operating fifteen stores in the New York metropolitan area, in connection with its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan

22-Dec-15
$NA
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Hortifruti

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Acquiror: 
Partners Group

Advised Hortifruti, Brazil's number one premium retailer of healthy food, on the sale of a significant minority stake to Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager  

17-Dec-15
$130 million
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Airopack Technology Group AG

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Acquiror: 
Apollo Global Management, LLC

Advised Airopack Technology Group, developer of a revolutionary all-plastic dispenser, on a €120 million debt and equity investment from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, and the concurrently announced proposed acquisition of the 50% stake it does not already own in Airolux AG, its joint venture with Resilux NV

26-May-15
$2.2 billion
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Nordstrom, Inc. (Credit Card Assets)

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Acquiror: 
The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group

Advised The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group on its acquisition of Nordstrom, Inc.’s credit card assets

21-Apr-15
$NA
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Tate & Lyle plc

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Acquiror: 
Archer Daniels Midland Company

Advised Tate & Lyle plc, a leading provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, on the re-alignment of Eaststarch C.V., its 50:50 corn wet milling joint venture in Europe with Archer Daniels Midland Company

27-Mar-15
$1.4 billion
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AA plc

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Advised AA plc, the UK’s leading roadside assistance provider, on the refinancing of its high yield bond and PIK instrument

06-Mar-15
$NA
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Kerry Pinnacle

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Equity Partners

Advised Kerry Group plc, a global leader in food ingredients and flavor technologies, on the sale of its Australian subsidiary Kerry Pinnacle, an integrated manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients and prepared bakery products, to Pacific Equity Partners

03-Mar-15
$66 million
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The Warehouse Group Limited

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Advised Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest supermarket operator, on strategic options for the divestment of its 8.8% holding in The Warehouse Group, New Zealand’s largest general merchandise retailer

02-Mar-15
$107 million
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Lion's Everyday Cheese Business

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Acquiror: 
Warrnambool Cheese & Butter

Advised Lion, a leading Australasian food and beverage company wholly owned by Japanese conglomerate Kirin, on the sale of its Everyday Cheese business to Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, a listed Australian dairy company controlled by the Canadian dairy player Saputo

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

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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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

09-Dec-13
$NA
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Lazada Group GmbH

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Acquiror: 
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

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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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

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