Recent Transactions

16-Jan-98
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Borden Foods International

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Acquiror: 
Nestlé S.A.

Advised Nestlé on its acquisition of Borden Foods International’s businesses, which have sales of more than $400 million.

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

19-Dec-00
$8.2 billion
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Seagram

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Acquiror: 
Diageo plc and Pernod Ricard

(Spirits Division)
Advised Diageo on its joint agreed bid with Pernod Ricard for Seagram’s spirits business.

16-Jan-01
$11.5 billion
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Ralston Purina Co.

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Acquiror: 
Nestlé S.A.

Advised Nestlé on the agreed cash offer for the US pet-food company Ralston Purina

18-Mar-03
$7.0 billion
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Wella AG

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Acquiror: 
The Procter & Gamble Company

Advised Wella AG, a global market leader in hair care and fragrances, on its sale to The Procter & Gamble Company

18-Dec-06
$NA
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InBev SA

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Acquiror: 
Mr. Wolfgang Dinkelacker

Advised InBev SA, the world's largest brewery, on the sale of German regional brewery Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu KG

26-Mar-07
$1.0 billion
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Wolters Kluwer Education

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Acquiror: 
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

02-Jan-08
$NA
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E. Brost & J. Funke GmbH & Co. KG (BFK KG) and its 25% stake in Otto Group

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Acquiror: 
Otto AG für Beteiligungen (investment vehicle of Otto family)

Advised the shareholders of BFK KG, comprising the families who also own German publisher WAZ Media Group, on the sale of their 25% holding in German retailing and services group Otto to the Otto family, which thereby regained full ownership of the business

04-Dec-09
$NA
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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

27-Jul-11
$850 million
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The Synovate Group

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Acquiror: 
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.

16-Jan-12
$428 million
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Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC

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Acquiror: 
Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Advised Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC, the UK’s largest processor of fresh milk, on a recommended offer from Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s.

06-Jul-12
$730 million
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WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG

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Acquiror: 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Provided fairness opinion to the Executive Management Board of WMF in connection with the voluntary public takeover offer by Finedining Capital GmbH, a holding company in the possession of funds managed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

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

26-Apr-13
$NA
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Yakult Honsha

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Acquiror: 
Danone

Advised Danone, a world leading food company, on its business and capital alliance with Yakult Honsha, the largest probiotic dairy product manufacturer in Japan

04-Dec-13
$850 million
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Megapolis Distribution

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Acquiror: 
Japan Tobacco Inc

Advised Japan Tobacco Inc in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in Megapolis Distribution B.V., Russia’s leading tobacco distributor

03-Mar-14
$3.6 billion
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hibu plc (formerly Yell Group plc)

Advised hibu, a full service provider of digital and print marketing services for SMEs and owner of print directory brands Yellow Pages (UK), Yellowbook (US) and Paginas Amarillas (Spain), on the comprehensive restructuring of its £2.2 billion balance sheet debt

08-Apr-14
$NA
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ARTnews

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Acquiror: 
Skate Capital Corp.

Advised ARTnews, the world's oldest and most widely circulated art magazine, on its sale to Skate Capital Corp., a private art and media industry investment vehicle

21-Apr-15
$NA
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Tate & Lyle plc

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Acquiror: 
Archer Daniels Midland Company

Advised Tate & Lyle plc, a leading provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, on the re-alignment of Eaststarch C.V., its 50:50 corn wet milling joint venture in Europe with Archer Daniels Midland Company

29-May-15
$4.1 billion
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Telecity Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Equinix, Inc.

Advised Telecity Group plc, Europe’s leading provider of premium carrier-neutral data centres, on a recommended cash and share offer from Equinix, Inc. a leading U.S. provider of colocation data centre services globally

14-Dec-15
$NA
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Specialized Anodized Extrusion Holding Switzerland AG (Spandex)

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Acquiror: 
Chequers Capital

Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the sale of Spandex, a specialized B2B distributor of graphic media and equipment to the signage and visual communications industry, to Chequers Capital

17-Dec-15
$130 million
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Airopack Technology Group AG

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Acquiror: 
Apollo Global Management, LLC

Advised Airopack Technology Group, developer of a revolutionary all-plastic dispenser, on a €120 million debt and equity investment from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, and the concurrently announced proposed acquisition of the 50% stake it does not already own in Airolux AG, its joint venture with Resilux NV

16-May-16
$874 million
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Equinix Data Center Assets

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Acquiror: 
Digital Realty Trust

Advised Digital Realty Trust, the world's largest wholesale colocation services and data center solutions provider, on its acquisition of a portfolio of eight carrier-neutral European data centers from Equinix

03-Nov-16
$NA
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Fragrance Resources Group

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Acquiror: 
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

Advised IFF, one of the world’s largest flavors and fragrances businesses, on the acquisition of Fragrance Resources Group, a family-owned fragrance company headquartered in Switzerland

30-Nov-17
$NA
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Grupo Sidecu

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Acquiror: 
Portobello Capital

Advised the shareholders of Grupo Sidecu, the leading concessional sport center operator in Spain, on its sale of a controlling stake to Portobello Capital, a local private equity fund

27-Mar-18
$13.0 billion
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Novartis AG’s 36.5% stake in Consumer Health Joint Venture

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Acquiror: 
GlaxoSmithKline plc

Advised and acted as sponsor to GlaxoSmithKline plc, the UK’s leading pharmaceutical company, on the buyout of Novartis’ 36.5% stake in their Consumer Health Joint Venture

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