Recent Transactions

11-Oct-07
$1.2 billion
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Foseco plc

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Acquiror: 
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

02-Oct-07
$4.6 billion
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Nikko Cordial Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Citigroup, Inc.

Advised Nikko Cordial, one of Japan’s largest securities firms, on its share exchange with Citigroup Inc., which resulted in Citigroup’s acquisition of the remaining 32% of Nikko Cordial that it did not already own

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

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

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Acquiror: 
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

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

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Acquiror: 
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.

08-Jun-07
$448 million
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Dobbies Garden Centres plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Acted as financial adviser to Tesco plc on its recommended acquisition of Dobbies Garden Centres plc, one of the UK's largest garden centre retailers

04-Jun-07
$2.9 billion
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Slough Estates USA (subsidiary of Slough Estates plc)

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Acquiror: 
Health Care Property Investors

Provided oversight of the process and an informal second opinion to the senior management of Slough Estates plc

21-May-07
$6.3 billion
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EMI Group plc

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Acquiror: 
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

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

30-Mar-07
$1.2 billion
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Initial Electronic Security Group

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Acquiror: 
United Technologies Corp.

(the electronic security division of Rentokil Initial plc)
Advised Rentokil Initial on the sale of its electronic security division to United Technologies Corp.

30-Mar-07
$24.4 billion
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Alliance Boots plc

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Acquiror: 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd. and Stefano Pessina

Advised Alliance Boots plc, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, on a proposal regarding an offer for the company from a consortium comprising of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd. and Stefano Pessina

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

21-Mar-07
$53 million
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BuckHickman InOne

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Acquiror: 
The BSS Group plc

Advised Premier Farnell plc, a global distributor of electronic components and industrial products, on the sale of its UK industrial tools distribution division

29-Jan-07
$900 million
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Eggborough CTA Bonds

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Acquiror: 
Ampere plc (a newly formed company)

Advised an ad hoc committee of bondholders representing over 70% of the debt in Eggborough Power Limited, a UK power station, on (a) the formation of a new company for the purpose of acquiring and holding a controlling interest in the Eggborough CTA Bonds and (b) an associated US$600m financing. The Eggborough CTA Bonds include an option to purchase Eggborough power station in March 2010

15-Dec-06
$19.1 billion
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Gallaher Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Japan Tobacco Inc.

Advised Gallaher Group plc, the world’s fifth largest tobacco company, on a recommended cash offer from Japan Tobacco Inc

10-Nov-06
$1.9 billion
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John Laing plc

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Acquiror: 
Henderson Equity Partners

Advised John Laing plc, the leading UK infrastructure investor and developer, on a recommended cash offer

21-Sep-06
$385 million
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Incisive Media plc

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Acquiror: 
Apax Partners Worldwide LLP

Advised the Independent Directors of Incisive Media plc, a B2B media publisher, on a recommended MBO approach backed by Apax

08-Aug-06
$565 million
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Emdeon Practice Services, Inc.

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The Sage Group plc

Advised The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions

03-Aug-06
$136 million
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Study Group International

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Acquiror: 
CHAMP Private Equity / Petersen Investments

(a unit of Daily Mail & General Trust plc)
Advised Daily Mail & General Trust plc on the sale of Study Group International to CHAMP Private Equity and Petersen Investments

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
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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

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

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Acquiror: 
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

12-Apr-06
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WH Smith PLC

Advised WH Smith PLC on the demerger of its Retail business

27-Mar-06
$231 million
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Aberdeen Journals Ltd

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Acquiror: 
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd

(wholly owned by Northcliffe Newspapers, the regional newspaper division of DMGT) Advised Daily Mail and General Trust’s regional newspaper division, Northcliffe Newspapers on its sale of Aberdeen Journals, publisher of the Aberdeen Press & Journal and Aberdeen Evening Express to DC Thomson, a leading Scottish publisher

24-Feb-06
$860 million
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Aquarion Company

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Macquarie Bank

(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kelda Group plc) Advised Kelda Group plc on the sale of Aquarion Company, one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the US

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