Recent Transactions

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

10-Mar-10
$576 million
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Camelot Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan

Advised the shareholders of Camelot – Cadbury, De La Rue, Fujitsu, Royal Mail and Thales – on the sale of their shareholdings in Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, to Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan

08-Jan-10
$134 million
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Minerva plc

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Acquiror: 
KiFin Limited

Advised Minerva plc, a UK real estate development company, on its successful defence following an unsolicited offer from KiFin Limited, a company that makes investments for the benefit of Mr Nathan Kirsh

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

08-Oct-09
$455 million
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Ladbrokes Plc

Acted as Joint Financial Adviser to Ladbrokes plc, a leading UK based betting and gaming company, on its rights issue

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

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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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

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.

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.

02-Jul-08
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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

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

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.

16-Nov-07
$203 million
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Oakland Mall LLC

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Acquiror: 
California State Teachers' Retirement System and Urban Retail Properties

Advised the Kogan Family on the sale of Oakland Mall, a regional shopping mall in Troy, Michigan anchored by JC Penney, Sears and Macy's

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.

05-Nov-07
$3.4 billion
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American Financial Realty Trust

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Acquiror: 
Gramercy Capital Corp.

Advised American Financial Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust that acquires properties from and leases properties to regulated financial institutions, on its sale to Gramercy Capital Corp., a commercial real estate specialty finance company

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

04-Jun-07
$2.9 billion
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Slough Estates USA (subsidiary of Slough Estates plc)

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Acquiror: 
Health Care Property Investors

Provided oversight of the process and an informal second opinion to the senior management of Slough Estates plc

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

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

22-May-07
$6.5 billion
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Crescent Real Estate Equities Company

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Acquiror: 
Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Advised Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, a REIT holding a diversified portfolio of office properties, hotels and resorts and luxury residential developments on its sale to Morgan Stanley Real Estate

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

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

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)

11-Oct-06
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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

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