Recent Transactions

30-Jul-99
$2.5 billion
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Mirror Group PLC

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Trinity plc

Advised Trinity on its merger with Mirror Group to form Trinity Mirror, the UK’s largest newspaper publisher

06-Aug-99
$12.8 billion
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One2One

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Acquiror: 
Deutsche Telekom AG

(joint venture between Cable and Wireless plc and Media One)
Strategic advice to C&W in connection with the sale of One2One, a UK mobile phone operator, 50% owned by C&W and 50% owned by Media One

31-Mar-00
$498 million
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Dorling Kindersley plc

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Pearson plc

Advised Dorling Kindersley, a leading and innovative book publisher, on the sale of the company to Pearson in an all cash transaction.

25-Mar-01
$9.7 billion
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Cable & Wireless Optus Limited

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Acquiror: 
Singapore Telecommunications Limited

, 52.5% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc Advised C&W on the sale of its 52.5% owned Australian subsidiary, Cable & Wireless Optus, to SingTel

02-Mar-04
$2.1 billion
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Taylor & Francis Group Plc

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Informa Group Plc

Advised Informa Group on its merger with Taylor & Francis. Following the merger, Informa shareholders own 51% of the combined company

01-Jun-05
$1.4 billion
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IIR

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T&F Informa

Advised T&F Informa on the acquisition of IIR, a leading provider of performance improvement solutions and organiser of conferences and exhibitions. The acquisition is to be financed via a rights issue of c.$570mm and a new debt facility

21-Jun-05
$714 million
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Scottish Radio Holdings plc

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EMAP plc

Advised UK radio and regional press company Scottish Radio Holdings plc on a recommended offer by EMAP plc

26-Mar-07
$1.0 billion
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Wolters Kluwer Education

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Bridgepoint Capital Limited

Advised Bridgepoint Capital Limited on its acquisition of Wolters Kluwer Education, the pan-European educational publishing division of quoted Dutch-based information services and publishing company Wolters Kluwer NV

14-May-07
$1.0 billion
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Datamonitor plc

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Acquiror: 
Informa plc

Acted as financial adviser to Informa plc on its recommended acquisition of Datamonitor plc, a leading global provider of market intelligence

21-May-07
$6.3 billion
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EMI Group plc

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Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited

Acted as lead financial advisor to global music industry player EMI Group plc, on a recommended cash offer from Maltby Limited, a company formed at the direction of Terra Firma

12-Jun-07
$184 million
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Jane’s Information Group

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IHS Inc.

Advised The Woodbridge Company Limited, the holding company for the Thomson family’s investments, on the sale of Jane’s Information Group, a world-leading provider of information and analysis on global defence and security, to IHS Inc.

05-Jul-07
$630 million
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ALM Media Group Holdings, Inc.

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Incisive Media Ltd. (portfolio company of Apax Partners)

Advised Incisive Media, a portfolio company of Apax Partners, on the acquisition of ALM Media, a leading integrated media company focused on the legal and real estate sectors and the largest provider of B2B information to the US legal market

11-Oct-07
$1.2 billion
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Foseco plc

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Cookson Group plc

Advised Foseco plc, a provider of consumables to the Foundry and Steel industries, on a recommended cash offer from Cookson Group plc

30-Jun-08
$720 million
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THUS Group plc

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Cable & Wireless plc

Advised THUS Group plc, a fixed line business telecommunications provider, on a cash offer from Cable & Wireless plc

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-Dec-08
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Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Cheil Worldwide, Inc.

Advised Cheil Worldwide, Inc, South Korea’s largest marketing agency, on the acquisition of Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd, a leading independent UK advertising agency

04-Dec-09
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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

12-May-10
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Experian plc

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British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Advised Experian plc, the FTSE100 global information services company, on the sale of certain UK database marketing activities into a newly formed joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC

04-Jun-10
$232 million
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Manx Telecom

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HgCapital

Advised HgCapital, a leading European private equity investor, on its acquisition of Manx Telecom, the Isle of Man's main telecommunications and internet provider and a subsidiary of Telefónica S.A.

29-Jul-10
$328 million
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Mitchell Communication Group Limited

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Aegis Group plc

Advised Aegis Group plc on its acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group Limited, Australia’s leading independent media buyer

27-Jul-11
$850 million
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The Synovate Group

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Ipsos S.A.

Advised Aegis Group plc on the sale of The Synovate Group, a leading global provider of custom market research, to Ipsos S.A.

21-May-12
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Robbins-Gioia Inc.

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Private Investors

Advised Informa plc on the sale of its subsidiary, Robbins-Gioia Inc., to a group of private investors

28-Jun-12
$275 million
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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group

Advised Village Roadshow Entertainment Group on its $275 million mezzanine and equity capital raise from a group of investors

12-Jul-12
$5.0 billion
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Aegis Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Dentsu Inc.

Advised Aegis Group plc, a leading global media and digital communications agency, on its sale to Dentsu Inc., the leading advertising group in Asia

02-Sep-12
$285 million
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DMG Radio Australia, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and Guardian Trust Plc

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Acquiror: 
Illyria Pty

Advised Daily Mail and Guardian Trust plc (DMGT), on the sale of its remaining 50% interest in its Radio business in Australia to Illyria Pty, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch. The Radio operations comprise two national music networks in Australia

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