Recent Transactions

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

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

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

27-Jun-14
$11 billion+
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TUI Travel Plc

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Acquiror: 
TUI AG

Advised TUI AG on the merger with TUI Travel Plc creating the world’s number one integrated leisure tourism business (+Transaction value represents enterprise value of combined entity)

09-Mar-20
Pending
$10.6 billion
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Tesco plc’s Thailand and Malaysia businesses

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Acquiror: 
Charoen Pokphand Group

Advising Tesco plc, a leading UK retailer, on the sale of its Thailand and Malaysia businesses to Charoen Pokphand Group, the Thai conglomerate 

17-Jul-00
$10.5 billion
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Diageo plc

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Acquiror: 
General Mills, Inc.

Advised Diageo on the sale of The Pillsbury Company for $5.1 billion in assumed debt and $5.4 billion in stock to General Mills.

19-Apr-01
$10.0 billion
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GKN plc

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Acquiror: 
Brambles Industries Ltd

(Industrial Services)
Advised Brambles on its merger with the industrial services division of GKN under a dual listed companies structure

19-Feb-15
$8.4 billion
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Rexam plc

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Acquiror: 
Ball Corporation

Advised Ball Corporation, a leading manufacturer of metal packaging products for the global beverage, food, personal care and household products industries as well as a provider of systems and technologies for the aerospace industry, on the acquisition of Rexam plc, a leading beverage can manufacturer

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.

06-Jun-14
$7.2 billion
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AA Limited

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Advised the management buy-in team on the acquisition by leading institutional investors of AA Limited from Acromas and simultaneous listing on the London Stock Exchange

07-May-18
$7.1 billion
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Frutarom

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Acquiror: 
International Flavors and Fragrances

Advised IFF, a leading innovator of specialty ingredients, on its acquisition of Frutarom, creating a global leader in Taste, Scent and Nutrition

24-Jul-15
$5.6 billion
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Gala Coral Limited

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Acquiror: 
Ladbrokes plc

Advised Ladbrokes plc, a leading UK betting and gaming company, on the recommended all-share merger with certain businesses of Gala Coral Limited, including Coral Retail, Eurobet Retail and Gala Coral Online

22-Dec-17
$5.3 billion
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Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC

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Acquiror: 
GVC Holdings PLC

Advised Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC, a leading multi-channel sports betting and gaming company, on a recommended offer from GVC Holdings PLC, a multi-national online sports betting and gaming company

27-Jan-17
$4.6 billion
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Booker Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc, the UK’s leading retailer, on its merger with Booker Group plc, the UK’s leading food wholesaler, to create the UK’s leading food business

03-Dec-18
$4.0 billion
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Assets owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc

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Unilever plc / Hindustan Unilever Limited

Advised GlaxoSmithKline plc, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever plc, and on the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Limited with Hindustan Unilever Limited

25-Apr-16
$3.4 billion
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Divestment assets of Ball and Rexam

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Acquiror: 
Ardagh Group SA

Advised Ball Corporation on the acquisition of Rexam plc and provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Ball Corporation on the sale of select metal beverage can assets in Europe, Brazil and the United States to satisfy certain regulatory requirements in connection with its proposed acquisition of Rexam

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

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

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

26-Jun-14
$2.9 billion
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Firth Rixson Limited

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Acquiror: 
Alcoa Inc.

Advised Alcoa Inc. on the acquisition of Firth Rixson Limited, a leading provider of highly engineered rings, industrial forgings and specialized metal products primarily to the aerospace industry

01-Oct-20
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$2.6 billion
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Rolls-Royce £2bn Fully Underwritten Rights Issue

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Advising Rolls-Royce on its Fully Underwritten £2bn Rights Issue, as part of a broader recapitalisation package

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

09-Sep-13
$2.1 billion
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Lucozade & Ribena brands (owned by GSK)

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Acquiror: 
Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd

Advised GlaxoSmithKline, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer company, on the sale of its nutritional drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd

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

30-Jun-11
$1.7 billion
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Minerva plc

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Acquiror: 
Jupiter Properties (owned by AREA Property Partners and Delancey Real Estate Asset Mgmt)

Advised Minerva plc, a property investment and development company, on a recommended offer from a consortium consisting of AREA Property Partners and Delancey Real Estate Asset Management

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