Recent Transactions

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

25-Oct-05
$2.1 billion
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BHW Holding AG

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Acquiror: 
Deutsche Postbank AG

Advised BHW Holding AG, a retail financial services group, in connection with its sale to Deutsche Postbank AG, Germany’s largest retail bank

12-Dec-05
$83 million
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Ibbotson Associates

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Acquiror: 
Morningstar Inc.

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

24-Mar-06
$21.2 billion
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Schering AG

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Acquiror: 
Bayer AG

Advised Bayer on its public offer for Schering, an international pharmaceuticals group based in Berlin, Germany

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

06-Nov-06
$4.2 billion
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Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Abbott Laboratories

Advised Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical provider of cardiovascular and respiratory drugs, on its sale to Abbott Laboratories

20-Dec-06
$424 million
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Aton Capital

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Acquiror: 
Bank Austria Creditanstalt / UniCredit Group

Advised Aton Capital Group, the independent Russian investment bank, on the sale of its Institutional Business to Bank Austria Creditanstalt (part of the UniCredit Group)

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

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Acquiror: 
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

25-Jan-07
$3.3 billion
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Cardinal Health, Inc., Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services division

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Acquiror: 
The Blackstone Group

Provided fairness opinion to the board of directors of Cardinal Health, Inc., a global company serving the health-care industry, on the sale of its Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services business, which provides outsourced services and proprietary technologies to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries

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.

22-Jan-08
$3.4 billion
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Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Roche Holding Ltd.

Advised Roche Holding Ltd., a world-leading provider of healthcare pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, on its acquisition of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a U.S. based provider of histopathology diagnostic equipment

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

12-Jun-08
$6.7 billion
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Applied Biosystems Group

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Acquiror: 
Invitrogen Corporation

Provided fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of the Applera Corporation on the merger of its Applied Biosystems business, which serves the life science industry, with the Invitrogen Corporation, creating a global leader in biotechnology reagents and systems

02-Jul-08
$NA
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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

12-Mar-09
$46.9 billion
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Genentech, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Roche Holding Ltd.

Advised Roche Holding Ltd., a world-leading provider of healthcare pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, on its acquisition of the outstanding publicly held interest in Genentech, Inc., a leading biotechnology company

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.

18-May-09
$114 million
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Close Brothers Corporate Finance Holdings Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.

Advised Close Brothers Group plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its corporate finance subsidiary to Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.

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