Recent Transactions

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

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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.

12-Mar-99
$3.1 billion
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M&G Group plc

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Prudential Corp. plc

Advised M&G Group on the sale of the company for cash to Prudential, the United Kingdom’s largest life insurer and fund manager.

14-Apr-99
$1.3 billion
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Berkshire Realty Company, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Berkshire Chairman, Goldman Sachs and The Blackstone Group

Advised investor group led by Berkshire Realty Chairman, Goldman Sachs and The Blackstone Group on the buyout of Berkshire Realty, a multi-family REIT that owns 82 apartment communities located in Florida, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

16-Jun-99
$2.5 billion
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TriNet Corporate Realty Trust, Inc.

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Starwood Financial Trust

Advised TriNet on a stock for stock merger with Starwood Financial, creating a leading player in the specialty real estate finance area

10-Aug-00
$750 million
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Radisson Group, Inc.

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Olympus Real Estate Fund (Hicks, Muse)

(subsidiary of Carlson Companies, Inc.)
Advised Carlson Companies, Inc., the owner of the Radisson Hotels brand, on the formation of a $750 million Radisson Hotel acquisition fund, Radisson-Olympus Capital Partners.

22-Sep-00
$750 million
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AerFi Group plc

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debis AirFinance (subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler AG)

Advised AerFi on its sale to debis AirFinance .

11-Oct-01
$1.3 billion
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Regal Cinemas, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
The Anschutz Corporation

Advised Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the United States, on its prepackaged bankruptcy plan and acquisition by The Anschutz Corporation

31-Jan-03
$NA
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Charles Schwab Europe

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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

29-Aug-04
$3.8 billion
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LNR Property Corporation

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Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of LNR Property Corporation, one of the US’ leading real estate investment, finance and management companies, on its sale to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and its real estate affiliate, Blackacre Institutional Capital Management, LLC

20-Apr-05
$1.4 billion
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Archipelago Holdings Inc

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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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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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Morningstar Inc.

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

06-Jan-06
$164 million
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Acadia Realty Trust

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GDC Properties

(selected assets) Advised GDC Properties on its acquisition of a 77.8% interest in a one million square foot Wilmington, Delaware shopping center portfolio previously held by institutional investors in Acadia Realty Trust Fund I

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

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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

03-Aug-06
$6.0 billion
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Reckson Associates Realty Corporation

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SL Green Realty Corporation

Advised the independent directors of Reckson, a real estate investment trust specializing in properties located in New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area, on the sale of Reckson to SL Green

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

10-Aug-06
$NA
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Forest City Ratner

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Forest City Enterprises Inc.

Advised Forest City Enterprises, Inc. on the restructuring of its business relationship with its New York City affiliate Forest City Ratner

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

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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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

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

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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

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