Recent Transactions

26-Jun-14
$2.7 billion
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Frank Russell Company

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Acquiror: 
London Stock Exchange Group plc

Advised LSEG on the proposed acquisition of Frank Russell Company, the number one provider of benchmarks to US-focused equity funds and a leading provider of multi-asset class investment solutions, from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, including acting as Joint Sponsor to LSEG on its $1.6 billion rights issue

23-Jun-14
$690 million
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Western World Insurance Group, Inc.

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Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Advised Validus Holdings, Ltd., a leading Bermuda-based provider of reinsurance, insurance, and insurance linked securities management, on its acquisition of Western World Insurance Group, Inc., a specialty US commercial insurer

15-Apr-14
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MGM Hakkasan Hospitality

Advised MGM Resorts International on the formation of a joint venture hotel management company with the Hakkasan Group called MGM Hakkasan Hospitality that will design, develop and manage luxury non-gaming hotels worldwide

11-Apr-14
$414 million
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Investec Bank (Australia) Limited

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Bank of Queensland Limited

Advised Investec Bank (Australia) Limited on the sale of its Professional Finance and Asset Finance and Leasing businesses, its deposit book, and its Australian banking licence to Bank of Queensland Limited (“BOQ”). BOQ is a leading regional Australian bank which provides retail and business banking

01-Apr-14
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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

21-Feb-14
$NA
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BancTec, Inc.

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HandsOn3, LLC

Advised BancTec, Inc., a leading business process outsourcing company, on its acquisition by HandsOn3, LLC and subsequent combination with Dataforce Group to create one of the largest pure-play BPO businesses, spanning over 50 countries

17-Jul-13
$600 million
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Lincoln Benefit Life, a subsidiary of the Allstate Corporation

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Resolution Life Holdings

Advised the limited partners of Resolution Life L.P. in the proposed acquisition by its subsidiary, Resolution Life Holdings, Inc., of Lincoln Benefit Life for $600mm

31-May-13
$57 million
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d-cyphaTrade Limited

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Acquiror: 
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

Advised Transpower New Zealand, the state owned owner-operator of New Zealand’s electricity distribution network on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary d-cyphaTrade Limited to the Australian Securities Exchange. d-cyphaTrade specializes in the design and marketing of Australian electricity derivatives traded on the ASX24 derivatives platform

31-May-13
$500 million
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iSelect (30% shareholding)

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Ninemsn (T/A Mi9)

Advised Mi9, a joint venture between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment Co, and one of Australia’s leading digital media companies, on the sale of its 30% holding in iSelect, a leading Australian online-driven comparison service, as part of the Initial Public Offering of iSelect

08-May-13
$110 million
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Healthcare Finance Group, LLC

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Acquiror: 
Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Advised Fifth Street Finance Corp., a specialty finance company with approximately $2 billion of assets under management, on the acquisition of Healthcare Finance Group, LLC, a specialty lender providing asset-based lending and term loan products to the healthcare industry

01-Apr-13
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Morgans Hotel Group

Advised the Special Transaction Committee of the Board of Morgans Hotel Group on the transfer of its ownership interests in Delano South Beach and The Light Group to The Yucaipa Companies in exchange for the cancellation of certain securities held by Yucaipa (debt, preferred stock and warrants) together with a $100 million rights offering backstopped by Yucaipa

11-Dec-12
$862 million
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TNS, Inc.

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Siris Capital Group

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of TNS, Inc., a leading global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions, on its sale to Siris Capital Group, a private equity firm focused on complex, control equity investments in the telecom, technology and technology-enabled business service sectors

26-Nov-12
$16 billion
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Archstone Enterprise LP

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AvalonBay Communities & Equity Residential

Advised AvalonBay on its joint acquisition with Equity Residential of the assets and liabilities of Archstone Enterprise LP, an owner of high-quality apartment communities in major markets in the United States, from Lehman Brothers Holdings

01-Nov-12
$1.9 billion
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JDA Software

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RedPrairie

Advised RedPrairie on the acquisition of JDA Software, a leading provider of supply chain management software

30-Oct-12
$834 million
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Investments of AP Alternative Assets, L.P.

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Athene Holding Ltd.

Advised the Special Committee of the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Athene Holding Ltd. in connection with the purchase of non-cash investment assets of AP Alternative Assets L.P.

23-Oct-12
$5.7 billion
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Target Corporation’s REDcard credit card assets

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Acquiror: 
The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group

Advised The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group on its acquisition of Target Corporation’s REDcard credit card assets

17-Oct-12
$2.6 billion
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Cymer, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
ASML Holding NV

Advised ASML Holding NV, a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, on its acquisition of Cymer, Inc., a leading supplier of lithography light sources used by chipmakers to manufacture advanced semiconductor devices

27-Sep-12
$1.5 billion
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The Hartford’s Individual Life Insurance Business

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Acquiror: 
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Advised The Hartford, a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services, on the divestiture of its Individual Life Insurance Business to Prudential Financial, Inc.

19-Sep-12
$130 million
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Ramtron International Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

Advised Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, a leading provider of mixed-signal and programmable solutions worldwide, on its unsolicited acquisition of Ramtron International Corporation, a leading provider of ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) devices

04-Sep-12
$600 million
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The Hartford’s Retirement Plans Group

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Acquiror: 
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Advised The Hartford, a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services, on the divestiture of its Retirement Plans Group to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, a leading mutual life insurance company

27-Aug-12
$1.1 billion
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Deltek, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Thoma Bravo, LLC

Advised Deltek, Inc., the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors, on its acquisition by Thoma Bravo, LLC

30-Jul-12
$150 million
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Alpine Access, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
SYKES Enterprises, Inc.

Advised SYKES Enterprises, a leading global provider of outsourced customer contact management solutions and services, on its acquisition of Alpine Access, a leader in at-Home customer contact management solutions and services

09-Jul-12
$4.7 billion
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ASML Holding NV (minority stake)

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Acquiror: 
Customers including Intel Corporation, TSMC and Samsung Electronics

Advised the Supervisory Board of ASML on the establishment of a Customer Co-Investment Program including the issue of 23% equity stake and $1.7 billion of R&D funding

16-May-12
$1.5 billion
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Peninsula Gaming, LLC

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Acquiror: 
Boyd Gaming Corporation

Advised Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading gaming operator in Nevada, the Midwest and South, on the acquisition of Peninsula Gaming, a casino operator of five properties in Kansas, Iowa and Louisiana

27-Apr-12
$NA
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Merlin Securities LLC

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Wells Fargo & Company

Advised Merlin Securities LLC, a leading prime brokerage company in the US, on its sale to Wells Fargo

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