Recent Transactions

01-Oct-08
$53 million
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Biotage (Biosystems division)

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Acquiror: 
Qiagen NV

Advised Biotage AB (OMX: BIOT), a global biotechnology company, on its strategic review resulting in the disposal of its Biosystems division which offers systems for genetic analysis mainly for use in clinical research

15-Sep-08
$189 million
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Fermat International

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Acquiror: 
Moody’s Corporation

Advised Moody’s Corporation on its acquisition of Fermat International, a leading provider of risk and performance management software to the global banking sector

19-Aug-08
$NA
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Selected Belgian Paints Brands

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Acquiror: 
Rieu Investissements S.A.

Advised AkzoNobel on the sale of selected Belgian paints brands to Rieu Investissements S.A., a French producer of coatings

07-Aug-08
$NA
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Scholastic Corporation’s U.S. direct-to-home continuities business

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Acquiror: 
Sandvik AS

Advised Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, on the sale of its U.S. direct-to-home continuities business to Sandvik AS

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

05-Aug-08
$NA
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BARTEC Group

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Acquiror: 
Capvis

Advised Capvis, a leading Swiss private equity firm, on its acquisition of the BARTEC Group, a leading European provider of industrial safety technology, from Allianz Capital Partners, the captive private equity arm of Allianz AG, and the Barlian family (founding family)

02-Jul-08
$NA
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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

22-Jan-08
$3.4 billion
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Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Roche Holding Ltd.

Advised Roche Holding Ltd., a world-leading provider of healthcare pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, on its acquisition of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a U.S. based provider of histopathology diagnostic equipment

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

21-Aug-07
$NA
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Schenck Process Holding GmbH

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Acquiror: 
Industri Kapital Limited

Advised HgCapital on the sale of Schenck Process, one of the global market leading providers of industrial weighing, feeding, screening and automation equipment and solutions

31-Jul-07
$491 million
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DEUTZ Power Systems

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Acquiror: 
3i

Sole advisor to DEUTZ AG on the divestiture of its division DEUTZ Power Systems, a leading manufacturer of gas fired engines for decentralized power generation

18-Jul-07
$NA
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SF-Chem AG

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Acquiror: 
CABB GmbH

Sole advisor to CABB, a leading producer of monochloroacetic acid and related specialty intermediates, on the acquisition of SF-Chem, a manufacturer of chlorine and sulphur specialty intermediates

25-Jun-07
$8.1 billion
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Energy East Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Iberdrola SA

Advised Energy East Corporation, a super-regional electric and gas utility with nearly 3 million regulated customers in the northeast US, on its sale to Iberdrola SA

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

03-May-07
$8.5 billion
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IPSCO Inc.

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Acquiror: 
SSAB Svenskt Stål AB

Acted as lead financial advisor to SSAB Svenskt Stål AB on its acquisition of IPSCO Inc., a leading Canadian producer of energy tubulars and steel plate in North America with an annual steel making capacity of 4.3 million tons

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

20-Mar-07
$NA
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Maher Terminals

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Acquiror: 
RREEF Infrastructure

Acted as sole financial advisor to Maher Terminals in negotiating its sale to RREEF Infrastructure, part of Deutsche Bank’s alternative asset management business. Maher Terminals currently operates the largest independent multi-user container terminal in the United States and is constructing a terminal in Prince Rupert, Canada, expected to be a leading gateway on the western seaboard

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)

19-Dec-06
$270 million
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Brion Technologies, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
ASML Holding N.V.

Advised ASML Holding N.V., a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, on its acquisition of Brion Technologies, Inc.

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

22-Nov-06
$NA
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CABB GmbH

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Acquiror: 
AXA Private Equity

Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the sale of CABB, a leading producer of monochloroacetic acid and related specialty intermediates, to AXA Private Equity

03-Oct-06
$445 million
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Tele2 AB’s fixed telephony and broadband business in France

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Acquiror: 
SFR S.A.

Advised SFR S.A., the second largest mobile telecoms operator in France on the acquisition of the French fixed telephony and broadband business of Tele2 AB

17-Jul-06
$132 million
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Leader Price Polska Sp. z.o.o.

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Groupe Casino)
Advised Tesco PLC on the acquisition of the Polish business of Leader Price, a convenience store retailer, from Groupe Casino, a French retailer

21-Jun-06
$NA
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Foster Yeoman Limited

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Acquiror: 
Aggregate Industries Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Holcim Ltd)

Advised Aggregate Industries Limited on a recommended cash offer for Foster Yeoman Limited, a privately-held UK heavy building materials group

03-Jun-06
$607 million
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Deutz AG

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Acquiror: 
Same Deutz-Fahr

Advised the Executive Board and Supervisory Board of Deutz AG, a leading global engine and power systems manufacturer, regarding the mandatory offer made by Same Deutz-Fahr, a leading international manufacturer of tractors, engines and agricultural machinery, for the outstanding shares of Deutz AG

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