Recent Transactions

16-Jul-09
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Pension Trustees of Galiform PLC

Advised the Pension Trustees of the Galiform PLC Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to negotiate a revised schedule of payments to fund its deficit

05-Jul-09
$1.2 billion
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Alcan Packaging’s Food Americas business (business unit of Rio Tinto plc)

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Bemis Company, Inc.

Advised Bemis Company, Inc., a global supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials, on its acquisition of Alcan Packaging’s Food Americas business

18-May-09
$114 million
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Close Brothers Corporate Finance Holdings Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.

Advised Close Brothers Group plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its corporate finance subsidiary to Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.

19-Mar-09
$349 million
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Inchcape plc

Provided financial advice to Inchcape, the leading independent international automotive retailer, on its assessment of funding and strategic options, resulting in a significant rights issue to strengthen the balance sheet

03-Feb-09
$717 million
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SAS Group

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Acquiror: 
Norwegian Government

Advised the Norwegian Government in relation to a capital injection in SAS, the leading airline group in Northern Europe

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

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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

02-Jul-08
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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

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

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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

11-Oct-07
$1.2 billion
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Foseco plc

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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

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

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

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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

03-May-07
$8.5 billion
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IPSCO Inc.

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

18-Jul-05
$101 million
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TeleCity Plc

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Inhoco 3236 plc (joint venture between 3i and Oak Hill Capital)

Advised TeleCity plc on the recommended offer by 3i and Oak Hill Capital

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

23-Oct-03
$3.1 billion
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Debenhams plc

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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

31-Jan-03
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Charles Schwab Europe

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Barclays PLC

Advised The Charles Schwab Corporation on the sale of its British pound sterling brokerage business, to Barclays PLC.

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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