Recent Transactions

10-Sep-13
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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

31-Jul-13
$NA
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CPP Group plc

Advised on the comprehensive restructuring of its balance sheet, including sale of the US business, terming out the existing RCF and creation of additional liquidity by the long term deferral of business partner payments

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.

30-Oct-12
$834 million
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Investments of AP Alternative Assets, L.P.

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Acquiror: 
Athene Holding Ltd.

Advised the Special Committee of the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Athene Holding Ltd. in connection with the purchase of non-cash investment assets of AP Alternative Assets L.P.

18-Jun-12
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Pension Trustees of Howden Joinery Group plc

Advised the Pension Trustees of Howden Joinery Group plc in negotiating a revised schedule of deficit reduction payments, and with regards to their security position relative to the Company’s lenders

04-May-12
$55 million
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Armajaro Trading Limited

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Acquiror: 
International Finance Corporation

Advised Armajaro Trading Limited, a global soft commodity trading house and supply chain manager, on raising mezzanine capital from the International Finance Corporation, a unit of the World Bank

16-Jan-12
$428 million
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Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC

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Acquiror: 
Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Advised Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC, the UK’s largest processor of fresh milk, on a recommended offer from Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s.

17-Nov-11
$1.5 billion
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Northern Rock

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Acquiror: 
Virgin Money

Advised Virgin Money, a financial services provider, on the acquisition of Northern Rock, a UK retail mortgage and savings bank, from UK Financial Investments Ltd, which manages the UK Government’s investments in financial institutions

16-Sep-11
$NA
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Mako Global Derivatives Executive LLP

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Acquiror: 
Mako Executive Directors and Staff

Advised Close Brothers Group plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its 49.9% stake in Mako Global, a market maker in exchange traded derivatives, to Mako’s management

21-Mar-11
$NA
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Close Brothers Cayman Limited

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Acquiror: 
Intertrust Group Holdings SA

Advised Close Brothers plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its Cayman based offshore business to Intertrust Group Holdings SA

11-Feb-11
$986 million
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Findel plc

Advised Findel plc, a UK listed multi-channel retailer, on the restructuring of its balance sheet comprising an equity capital raising and refinancing of its debt and pension obligations

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

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Acquiror: 
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

12-Nov-10
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Money Controls (subsidiary of Coin Acceptors, Inc.)

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Acquiror: 
Crane Co.

Advised Coin Acceptors, Inc. (“CoinCo”), a privately-owned US-based manufacturer of payment solutions for the automated point-of-sale industry, on the sale of its UK-based Money Controls subsidiary to Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products

28-Jun-10
$1.3 billion
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Guinness Peat Group plc

Advised GPG plc, a listed investment company, on potential restructuring alternatives

06-Apr-10
$153 million
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Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited

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Acquiror: 
W.L. Ross & Co. LLC

Advised Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited, Virgin Group’s financial services arm, on the structuring of an investment of £100m from WL Ross & Co.

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

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.

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

02-Jul-08
$NA
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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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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

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

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

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