Recent Transactions

15-Dec-10
$12.9 billion
U.S.A., Swiss flags
Target: 

Alcon, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Novartis AG

Advised the Independent Director Committee of Alcon, Inc., an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, on the sale of Alcon’s outstanding publicly held interest to Novartis AG, a global pharmaceutical company

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

09-Nov-09
$327 million
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Target: 

Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals

Advised Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company on the sale of its specialty pharmaceutical business to Sigma-Tau, an Italian pharmaceutical company

06-Jul-09
$2.0 billion
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Target: 

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

12-Mar-09
$46.9 billion
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Target: 

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

01-Oct-08
$53 million
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Target: 

Biotage (Biosystems division)

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Acquiror: 
Qiagen NV

Advised Biotage AB (OMX: BIOT), a global biotechnology company, on its strategic review resulting in the disposal of its Biosystems division which offers systems for genetic analysis mainly for use in clinical research

15-Sep-08
$189 million
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Target: 

Fermat International

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Acquiror: 
Moody’s Corporation

Advised Moody’s Corporation on its acquisition of Fermat International, a leading provider of risk and performance management software to the global banking sector

05-Aug-08
$NA
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Target: 

BARTEC Group

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Acquiror: 
Capvis

Advised Capvis, a leading Swiss private equity firm, on its acquisition of the BARTEC Group, a leading European provider of industrial safety technology, from Allianz Capital Partners, the captive private equity arm of Allianz AG, and the Barlian family (founding family)

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

22-Jan-08
$3.4 billion
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Target: 

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 US based provider of histopathology diagnostic equipment

29-May-07
$99.1 billion
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Target: 

ABN AMRO Holding NV

U.K., Spain, Belgium flags
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

20-Dec-06
$424 million
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Target: 

Aton Capital

Italy Austria flags
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)

19-Dec-06
$270 million
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Target: 

Brion Technologies, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
ASML Holding N.V.

Advised ASML Holding N.V., a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, on its acquisition of Brion Technologies, Inc.

24-Mar-06
$21.2 billion
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Target: 

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

25-Oct-05
$2.1 billion
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Target: 

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

22-Jun-05
$198 million
U.K., Switzerland flags
Target: 

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

30-Jul-01
$117 million
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Target: 

Kymata Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Alcatel Optronics

Advised Kymata Ltd, the Scottish manufacturer of optical components, on its sale to Alcatel Optronics of France.

22-Sep-00
$750 million
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Target: 

AerFi Group plc

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Acquiror: 
debis AirFinance (subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler AG)

Advised AerFi on its sale to debis AirFinance .

02-Mar-98
$400 million
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Target: 

Olsy SpA (Olivetti SpA)

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Acquiror: 
Wang Laboratories Inc.

Advised Wang on its acquisition of Olsy, the systems and solutions division of Olivetti, for a combination of cash and securities.

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