Recent Transactions

14-Nov-16
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Lion’s Australian Premium Wine Business – Fine Wine Partners

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Acquiror: 
Accolade Wines

Advised Lion, a leading Australasian food and beverage company wholly owned by Japanese conglomerate Kirin, on the sale of its Australian wine business Fine Wine Partners to Accolade Wines, a portfolio company of CHAMP Private Equity

17-Jun-16
$310 million
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Dobbies Garden Centres

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Acquiror: 
Investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its sale of Dobbies Garden Centres to an investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital

10-Jun-16
$NA
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Giraffe restaurants

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Acquiror: 
Boparan Private Office

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its sale of the Giraffe casual dining restaurant chain to the Boparan Private Office, the private investment vehicle of the British businessman Ranjit Boparan

01-Jun-16
$221 million
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Patties Foods Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Equity Partners

Advised Patties Foods Ltd (ASX:PFL), the leading Australian branded frozen food Company, with market leadership in the frozen savoury and frozen dessert segments, on its proposed sale to Pacific Equity Partners via Scheme of Arrangement

09-Nov-15
$777 million
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Lonmin Plc

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Advised Lonmin Plc on its c.$777mm recapitalization consisting of c.$370mm of bank facilities at the Plc and in South Africa from the Company’s ten lending banks and a fully underwritten Rights Issue of c.$407mm.

16-Oct-15
$2.1 billion
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Stemcor Holdings Limited

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Advised Stemcor Holdings Limited, the global steel trader, on their restructuring of $1.0bn of senior and junior debt and the refinancing of a $1.1bn working capital facility

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

27-Mar-15
$1.4 billion
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AA plc

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Advised AA plc, the UK’s leading roadside assistance provider, on the refinancing of its high yield bond and PIK instrument

06-Mar-15
$NA
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Kerry Pinnacle

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Equity Partners

Advised Kerry Group plc, a global leader in food ingredients and flavor technologies, on the sale of its Australian subsidiary Kerry Pinnacle, an integrated manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients and prepared bakery products, to Pacific Equity Partners

03-Mar-15
$66 million
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The Warehouse Group Limited

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Advised Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest supermarket operator, on strategic options for the divestment of its 8.8% holding in The Warehouse Group, New Zealand’s largest general merchandise retailer

02-Mar-15
$107 million
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Lion's Everyday Cheese Business

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Acquiror: 
Warrnambool Cheese & Butter

Advised Lion, a leading Australasian food and beverage company wholly owned by Japanese conglomerate Kirin, on the sale of its Everyday Cheese business to Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, a listed Australian dairy company controlled by the Canadian dairy player Saputo

23-Oct-14
$NA
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Boart Longyear Ltd.

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Advised the Board of Directors of Boart Longyear, the world’s leading supplier of drilling services and equipment for mining and drilling companies, on its strategic review process and subsequent comprehensive recapitalization transactions with certain affiliates of Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

01-Oct-14
$NA
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Modern Star Pty Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Navis Capital

Advised Modern Star, Australia and New Zealand’s #1 supplier of education resources and educational toys, on the sale of 90% of its shares to Navis Capital, a leading private equity group focused on investments in South and Southeast Asia

25-Jul-14
$NA
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Stakes in David Jones and Country Road

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Acquiror: 
Woolworths Holdings

Advised Solomon Lew in reviewing his strategic options in relation to David Jones and Country Road. Mr Lew ultimately sold his 11.8% stake in the tightly held Country Road to Woolworths Holdings. Woolworths Holdings also acquired David Jones, Australia’s premier department store, in which Mr Lew held a 9.9% stake

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

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

10-Mar-14
$NA
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K-Y brand

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Acquiror: 
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Advised Reckitt Benckiser, a leading consumer goods manufacturer, on the acquisition of the global rights to the K-Y brand, a leader in intimate lubricants

09-Dec-13
$NA
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Lazada Group GmbH

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Acquiror: 
Tesco plc

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on its acquisition of a significant minority shareholding in Lazada, the leading online general merchandise retailer in South East Asia

02-Oct-13
$NA
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Tesco PLC's Chinese retail operations

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Acquiror: 
China Resources Enterprise

Advised Tesco PLC on the formation of a joint venture with China Resources Enterprise, a Hong Kong listed, Chinese retailer, to create the leading multi-format retailer in China

10-Sep-13
$NA
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Fresh & Easy (owned by Tesco plc)

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Acquiror: 
YFE Holdings, Inc (affiliate of The Yucaipa Companies, LLC)

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on the sale of a substantive part of Fresh & Easy’s operating business to YFE Holdings, Inc, an affiliate of The Yucaipa Companies, LLC

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

20-Feb-13
$120 million
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Trivett Automotive Group

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Acquiror: 
Inchcape plc

Advised Inchcape plc, the leading independent international automotive distributor and retailer, on the acquisition of Trivett Automotive Group, the leading luxury and premium automotive group in Australia

07-Dec-12
$43 million
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Champion Flour Limited

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Acquiror: 
Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.

Advised Goodman Fielder, a leading Australian listed food company, on the sale of its New Zealand flour milling business, Champion Flour, to Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.

09-Nov-12
~$1.7 billion
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Lonmin plc

Advised Lonmin plc, the world’s third largest primary producer of Platinum Group Metals, on a comprehensive refinancing of its balance sheet, including an underwritten ~$817mm rights issue and amendments to its existing ~$929mm debt facilities

26-Sep-12
$NA
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Dick Smith Electronics, a subsidiary of Woolworths Limited

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Acquiror: 
Anchorage Capital Partners

Advised Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest supermarket operator, on the sale of its Consumer Electronics retail chain, Dick Smith Electronics, to Anchorage Capital Partners

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