Recent Transactions

01-Nov-12
$180 million
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Target: 

SKY Network Television Limited

Advised Todd Corporation, a major New Zealand family office, on the divestment of its 11.1% holding in SKY Network Television Limited, New Zealand’s leading provider of pay television services

23-Oct-12
$5.7 billion
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Target: 

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

02-Sep-12
$285 million
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Target: 

DMG Radio Australia, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and Guardian Trust Plc

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Acquiror: 
Illyria Pty

Advised Daily Mail and Guardian Trust plc (DMGT), on the sale of its remaining 50% interest in its Radio business in Australia to Illyria Pty, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch. The Radio operations comprise two national music networks in Australia

21-Aug-12
$1.1 billion
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Broadcast Rights for the National Rugby League

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Acquiror: 
Nine Network / Fox Sports

Advised the Australian Rugby League Commission on the sale of the Australian television broadcasting rights for the National Rugby League to Nine, a leading Free to Air broadcaster and Fox Sports, Australia’s largest pay TV broadcaster (partially owned by News Limited)

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-Jul-11
$850 million
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Target: 

The Synovate Group

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Acquiror: 
Ipsos S.A.

Advised Aegis Group plc on the sale of The Synovate Group, a leading global provider of custom market research, to Ipsos S.A.

08-Jun-11
$1.7 billion
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Target: 

Citigroup (selected private equity assets)

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Acquiror: 
AXA Private Equity

Advised AXA Private Equity, a leading European diversified private equity firm, on its acquisition of a $1.7 billion portfolio of limited partnership interests in private equity buyout funds and a portfolio of direct stakes in companies from Citigroup

11-Apr-11
~$198 million
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Target: 

HSBC Afore (subsidiary of HSBC Holdings Plc)

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Acquiror: 
Principal Financial Group, Inc.

Advised Principal Financial Group, Inc., a leading asset accumulation, asset management and retirement services franchise in the United States and abroad on its acquisition of HSBC Afore, HSBC’s pension business in Mexico

21-Mar-11
$NA
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Close Brothers Cayman Limited

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Acquiror: 
Intertrust Group Holdings SA

Advised Close Brothers plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its Cayman based offshore business to Intertrust Group Holdings SA

11-Mar-11
$1.0 billion
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Target: 

Troika Dialog Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Sberbank

Advised TD Advisors Limited, a major shareholder of Troika Dialog Group, Russia’s leading investment bank, on the sale of their stake as part of the acquisition of Troika Dialog Group by Sberbank, the largest commercial bank in Russia

01-Mar-11
$128 million
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Target: 

Tyndall Investments

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Acquiror: 
Nikko Asset Management

Advised Suncorp, on the sale of its investment management business, Tyndall Investments, in Australia and New Zealand to Nikko Asset Management, a leading Asian mutual funds management company

29-Dec-10
$1.8 billion
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Target: 

TOWER Australia Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited

Advised TOWER Australia Group Limited, the largest mono-line life insurance company in Australia, in relation to the offer from The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited to acquire all of the shares in TOWER that it does not already own by way of a scheme of arrangement

04-Nov-10
~$370 million
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Target: 

J. Malucelli Participacao em Seguros E Resseguros S.A

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Acquiror: 
The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Advised Travelers, the largest listed property and casualty insurance company in the U.S., on the acquisition of a ~43% stake in J. Malucelli Participacao em Seguros E Resseguros, the leading surety insurance company in Brazil, through the issue of new common shares (with an option to increase to 49.9% within 18 months)

26-Oct-10
$175 million
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Target: 

Rural Bank

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Acquiror: 
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Advised Elders, a diversified agricultural company on the sale of its 40% stake in Rural Bank to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, an Australian diversified financial services company

29-Jul-10
$328 million
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Target: 

Mitchell Communication Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Aegis Group plc

Advised Aegis Group plc on its acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group Limited, Australia’s leading independent media buyer

01-Jul-10
$NA
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Media Monitors

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Acquiror: 
Quadrant Private Equity

Advised Media Monitors, the leading media intelligence company in Asia-Pacific, on its sale to Quadrant Private Equity

22-Apr-10
$1.9 billion
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Target: 

Bank of America Corporation

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Acquiror: 
AXA Private Equity

Advised AXA Private Equity, a leading European diversified private equity firm, on the acquisition of a portfolio of limited partnership interests in private equity funds from Bank of America

04-Dec-09
$NA
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Target: 

Verivox Holding Limited

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Acquiror: 
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

06-Jul-09
$2.0 billion
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PARIS RE Holdings Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
PartnerRe Ltd.

Advised PartnerRe Ltd., a leading global reinsurer, providing multi-line reinsurance to insurance companies, on its acquisition of PARIS RE Holdings Ltd., a French-listed, Swiss-based diversified reinsurer

28-May-09
$107 million
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Target: 

Tristone Capital Global Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Group

Advised Tristone Capital Global Inc., an independent advisory firm focused on the global energy sector, on its sale to Macquarie Group

01-Dec-08
$NA
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Target: 

Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Cheil Worldwide, Inc.

Advised Cheil Worldwide, Inc, South Korea’s largest marketing agency, on the acquisition of Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd, a leading independent UK advertising agency

02-Jul-08
$NA
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Target: 

NewSmith Capital

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Acquiror: 
UniCredit SpA

Advised NewSmith Capital, an independent investment management group, on a strategic agreement with UniCredit whereby UniCredit will acquire NewSmith’s Financial Products credit advisory business, assume a 5% stake in NewSmith Capital and become an investor in NewSmith funds

02-Jan-08
$NA
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Target: 

E. Brost & J. Funke GmbH & Co. KG (BFK KG) and its 25% stake in Otto Group

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Acquiror: 
Otto AG für Beteiligungen (investment vehicle of Otto family)

Advised the shareholders of BFK KG, comprising the families who also own German publisher WAZ Media Group, on the sale of their 25% holding in German retailing and services group Otto to the Otto family, which thereby regained full ownership of the business

30-Jun-07
$52.0 billion
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Target: 

BCE Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Teacher's Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Advised the Board of BCE on a review of a range of strategic alternatives that culminated in an agreement to sell to a consortium consisting of Teacher's Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners for $52.0 billion that was ultimately terminated

29-May-07
$99.1 billion
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ABN AMRO Holding NV

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Acquiror: 
Fortis SA/NV, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Banco Santander Central Hispano, SA

Advised Fortis on an offer by Fortis, RBS and Santander for ABN AMRO

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