Recent Transactions

09-Jun-97
$540 million
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Robertson Stephens & Company

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Acquiror: 
Bank America Corporation

Advised Robertson, Stephens & Co. on the sale of 100% of this privately-held securities firm to BankAmerica in a friendly all-cash transaction.

31-Jan-03
$NA
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Charles Schwab Europe

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Acquiror: 
Barclays PLC

Advised The Charles Schwab Corporation on the sale of its British pound sterling brokerage business, to Barclays PLC.

21-Mar-03
$6.1 billion
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Conseco, Inc.

Advised the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Conseco, Inc., a life insurance and annuities company, on the financial restructuring of the Company’s $6 billion of externally held financial indebtedness

20-Apr-05
$1.4 billion
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Archipelago Holdings Inc

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Acquiror: 
New York Stock Exchange

Provided financial advisory services and a fairness opinion to Archipelago Holdings, Inc. in its definitive merger agreement with the NYSE to create the NYSE Group, Inc

22-Jun-05
$198 million
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Rothschilds Continuation Holdings

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Acquiror: 
Jardine Strategic Holdings

held by Royal & Sun Alliance
Advised Royal & Sun Alliance on the sale of its 21.5% shareholding in Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG to Jardine Strategic Holdings

17-Oct-05
$16.8 billion
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Refco

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Refco Inc. in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings which included the sale of substantially all of the assets of Refco's regulated commodities futures business to Man Financial for $1.2 billion

12-Dec-05
$83 million
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Ibbotson Associates

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Morningstar Inc.

Advised Ibbotson Associates on its sale to Morningstar Inc. for $83 million

19-May-06
$1.4 billion
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London Stock Exchange Group plc

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Acquiror: 
The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.

(25.1% stake)
Advised The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., the largest electronic equity securities market in the United States, on the acquisition of a 25.1% stake in London Stock Exchange plc

04-Aug-06
$290 million
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Republic Companies Group, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Delek Capital Ltd.

Advised Republic Companies Group, Inc., a regional provider of personal and commercial property and casualty insurance products

11-Oct-06
$NA
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Visa USA

Advised Visa USA in its announced plans to merge with Visa Canada and Visa International to form Visa Inc., a new public global corporation

22-Dec-06
$115 million
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The 401(K) Company (a subsidiary of Nationwide Financial)

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The Charles Schwab Corporation

Advised The Charles Schwab Corporation on its acquisition of The 401(K) Company from Nationwide Financial. The 401(K) Company is a leading provider of defined contribution retirement administration services

16-Apr-07
$25.0 billion
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SLM Corporation

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Acquiror: 
J.C. Flowers, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase

Advised the Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors of SLM Corporation, commonly known as Sallie Mae, on the sale to a consortium consisting of J.C. Flowers, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase

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

30-May-07
$5.3 billion
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Ceridian Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Thomas H. Lee Partners and Fidelity National Financial

Acted as sole financial adviser to Ceridian Corporation, an information services provider to the human resource, transportation and retail markets, on its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Fidelity National Financial

02-Oct-07
$4.6 billion
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Nikko Cordial Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Citigroup, Inc.

Advised Nikko Cordial, one of Japan’s largest securities firms, on its share exchange with Citigroup Inc., which resulted in Citigroup’s acquisition of the remaining 32% of Nikko Cordial that it did not already own

07-Nov-07
$652 million
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Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

Advised Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc, the third largest options market in the U.S. and the nation's oldest stock exchange, on its sale to the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

07-Mar-08
$1.5 billion
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Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

Advised a consortium of leading global financial institutions and investors, including but not limited to Banc of America Securities LLC; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; Dresdner Kleinwort Securities LLC; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; and UBS Securities LLC, on its participation in a recapitalization of Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

14-Apr-08
$143 million
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Clayton Holdings, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Greenfield Partners

Advised Greenfield Partners on its acquisition of Clayton Holdings, a leading due diligence and surveillance provider

31-Mar-09
$1.7 billion
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IPC Holdings, Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Advised Validus Holdings, Ltd., a leading Bermuda-based reinsurer, on its offer to acquire IPC Holdings, Ltd.

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

27-Aug-09
$144 million
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NYFIX, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
NYSE Euronext

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of NYFIX, Inc., a provider of electronic trading solutions, on its sale to NYSE Euronext

15-Dec-09
$4.5 billion
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Prudential Financial, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Wells Fargo & Company

Advised Wells Fargo on the acquisition of Prudential Financial’s noncontrolling interest in their retail brokerage Joint Venture

01-Apr-10
$230 million
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Primerica Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Warburg Pincus

Advised Primerica Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., on a series of transactions, including the concurrent sale of a minority stake to Warburg Pincus and initial public offering

06-Apr-10
$153 million
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Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited

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Acquiror: 
W.L. Ross & Co. LLC

Advised Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited, Virgin Group’s financial services arm, on the structuring of an investment of £100m from WL Ross & Co.

22-Apr-10
$1.9 billion
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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

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