Recent Transactions

13-Dec-10
$256 million
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Maxinutrition Group Holdings Limited

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GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Advised GlaxoSmithKline Plc, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer company, on its acquisition of Maxinutrition Group Holdings Limited, a UK based sports nutrition business, from Darwin Private Equity

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

04-Jun-10
$232 million
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Manx Telecom

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Acquiror: 
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.

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

10-Mar-10
$576 million
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Camelot Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan

Advised the shareholders of Camelot – Cadbury, De La Rue, Fujitsu, Royal Mail and Thales – on the sale of their shareholdings in Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, to Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan

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

01-Dec-08
$NA
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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

28-Jul-08
$2.1 billion
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Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc in relation to its acquisition of the 50% interest it does not already own in Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited, a joint venture with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. Tesco Personal Finance offers a range of retail insurance and banking products under the Tesco brand

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

21-May-08
$85 million
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Dobbies Garden Centres plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc in relation to its public cash offer to acquire the 35% of Dobbies Garden Centres plc which it does not already own

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

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
$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

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

12-Apr-06
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WH Smith PLC

Advised WH Smith PLC on the demerger of its Retail business

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.$570m and a new debt facility

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

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Acquiror: 
Informa Group Plc

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

23-Oct-03
$3.1 billion
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Debenhams plc

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Acquiror: 
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

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.

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