Recent Transactions

11-Dec-12
$51.6 billion
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American International Group (AIG)

Advised the United States Department of the Treasury (“UST”) on the full reduction of its 92% ownership stake in the insurer through numerous Secondary Public Offering Transactions

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

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

08-Aug-11
$11.0 billion
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Coal and Allied Industries Limited

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Rio Tinto Limited / Mitsubishi Corporation

Advised Coal and Allied Industries Limited, an Australian based coal mining company, in relation to an acquisition proposal from Rio Tinto Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation to acquire all the outstanding shares in the company not already held by Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi

06-Aug-08
$10.7 billion
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Lonmin plc

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Acquiror: 
Xstrata plc

Advised Lonmin plc, a major producer of Platinum Group Metals, regarding an unsolicited pre-conditional offer for the company by Xstrata plc, a global diversified mining company

01-Apr-10
$9.2 billion
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Lihir Gold Limited

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Acquiror: 
Newcrest Mining Ltd

Advised Lihir Gold Limited, a leading global gold company with operations in Papua New Guinea, Australian and West Africa on an unsolicited takeover proposal from Newcrest Mining Ltd, an international gold company with gold and copper operations

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

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.

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

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

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Acquiror: 
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.

20-Feb-15
$800 million
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GFI Group Inc.

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Acquiror: 
BGC Partners, Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of GFI Group Inc. on its sale to BGC Partners, Inc.

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

07-Feb-11
$548 million
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Wesco Financial Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of Wesco Financial Corporation in connection with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s proposal to acquire the remaining 19.9% of the shares of Wesco’s common stock that it does not presently own

03-Sep-14
$300 million
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Voya Financial, Inc.

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Advised the Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Voya Financial, Inc. in connection with Voya Financial, Inc.’s repurchase of 7.7mm shares (aggregate repurchase of $300mm) from ING Groep N.V.

25-Mar-14
$250 million
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ING U.S., Inc.

Advised the Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of ING U.S., Inc. in connection with ING U.S., Inc’s repurchase of 7.2mm shares (aggregate repurchase of $250mm) from ING Groep N.V.

12-Nov-14
$175 million
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Voya Financial, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Voya Financial, Inc.

Advised the Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Voya Financial, Inc. in connection with Voya Financial, Inc.’s repurchase of 4.5mm shares (aggregate repurchase of $175mm) from ING Groep N.V.

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

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