Recent Transactions

01-Feb-06
$105 million
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Your Communications

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Acquiror: 
THUS Group plc

Advised THUS Group plc on the acquisition of Your Communications, an alternative business telecoms carrier, from United Utilities plc

15-Dec-05
$4.5 billion
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Drax Group Limited

Advised bondholders of Drax Group Limited on the refinancing & listing of, and possible offers for, the company. On 15-Dec-05, Drax Group plc was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange

29-Nov-05
$556 million
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Initial Style Conferences

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Acquiror: 
Alternative Hotel Group

(the conferences business of Rentokil Initial plc)
Advised Rentokil Initial on the sale of its conferences division, Initial Style Conferences, to Alternative Hotel Group (a group of investors led by Richard Balfour-Lynn and other MWB directors acting in their private capacity partnering with Bank of Scotland)

11-Nov-05
$1.2 billion
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Refco Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Man Financial Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Man Group plc

Advised Refco Inc. on the sale of substantially all of the assets of Refco's regulated commodities futures business to Man Financial

20-Oct-05
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Drakkar Holdings SA (Adisseo Group)

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Acquiror: 
China National Chemical Corporation

Advised CVC Capital Partners on the divestiture of Adisseo via the sale of Drakkar Holdings SA to China National BlueStar, a subsidiary of state-owned diversified chemicals company China National Chemical Corporation. Adisseo is a leading player in the animal nutrition market

13-Sep-05
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AEA Technology plc

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Acquiror: 
Coller Capital

Advised AEA Technology plc, a UK provider of Rail and Environmental services, on the sale of a portfolio of non-core businesses to Coller Capital. The sale formed part of a wider financial restructuring plan

01-Sep-05
$NA
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Minit Group

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Acquiror: 
CVC Capital Partners

(wholly owned by UBS Capital)
Advised UBS Capital on its sale of the Minit Group, the world's largest shoe repair and key cutting services chain, to CVC Capital Partners

22-Aug-05
$NA
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Rentokil Initial plc

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Raphoe Management Limited

Advised leading European support services company Rentokil Initial on unsolicited approach from Raphoe Management Limited

18-Jul-05
$101 million
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TeleCity Plc

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Acquiror: 
Inhoco 3236 plc (joint venture between 3i and Oak Hill Capital)

Advised TeleCity plc on the recommended offer by 3i and Oak Hill Capital

22-Jun-05
$198 million
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Rothschilds Continuation Holdings

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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

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

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

12-Jan-05
$4.5 billion
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Aggregate Industries PLC

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Holcim Ltd.

Advised Aggregate Industries PLC on the sale of the company to Holcim Ltd

27-Oct-04
$3.0 billion
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Warner Chilcott PLC

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Waren Acquisition Limited

Advised Warner Chilcott on approaches received and on recommended proposed acquisition by Waren Acquisition Limited, a vehicle funded by DLJ Merchant Banking and J.P. Morgan Partners, later joined by Bain Capital Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners

28-Apr-04
$161 million
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Atlantic Electric and Gas Ltd

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Scottish and Southern Energy plc

Advised Atlantic Electric and Gas, an affiliate of Sempra Energy, on the sale of its assets to Scottish and Southern Energy.

19-Apr-04
$1.9 billion
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WH Smith PLC

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Jamaica Trading Limited (an acquisition vehicle funded by Permira)

Advised WH Smith PLC on a possible offer for the company from Permira Advisers Limited

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

23-Jan-04
$155 million
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Cable & Wireless

Advised Cable & Wireless plc in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of its US subsidiary, Cable & Wireless America, including its sale to Savvis Communications for $155 million

23-Oct-03
$3.1 billion
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Debenhams plc

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Baroness Retail (a consortium of CVC, TPG and Merrill Lynch)

Advised the independent committee of the Board of Directors of Debenhams plc, a leading UK department store chain, with regards to the sale of the company

09-Jun-03
$237 million
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Kelda Group plc’s

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Acquiror: 
Terra Firma Investments

46% stake in Waste Recycling Group plc
Advised Kelda Group plc on the disposal of its 46% stake in Waste Recycling Group plc.

31-Jan-03
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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.

13-Dec-02
$1.5 billion
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Burger King Corp

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Acquiror: 
Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners

(subsidiary of Diageo plc) Advised Diageo plc on sale of Burger King Corporation restaurant system.

30-Oct-02
$588 million
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T&S Stores Plc

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Tesco PLC

Advised Tesco PLC, Britain’s largest retailing group, on its acquisition of T&S Stores plc, a publicly listed convenience store retailer operating in the UK.

29-Aug-02
$6.2 billion
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Marconi plc

Advised the official committee of bondholders of Marconi, a leading telecom equipment provider, on the financial restructuring of Marconi's £4 billion of externally held financial indebtedness

16-May-02
$545 million
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Go Fly Ltd

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easyJet plc

(majority owned by 3i plc)
Advised Go Fly, Europe’s No. 3 no-frills airline, on its sale to easyJet. The acquisition created Europe’s largest low cost airline.

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