Recent Transactions

23-Oct-12
$5.7 billion
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Target Corporation’s REDcard credit card assets

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Acquiror: 
The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group

Advised The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group on its acquisition of Target Corporation’s REDcard credit card assets

06-Jul-12
$730 million
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WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG

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Acquiror: 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Provided fairness opinion to the Executive Management Board of WMF in connection with the voluntary public takeover offer by Finedining Capital GmbH, a holding company in the possession of funds managed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. 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

16-May-12
$1.5 billion
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Peninsula Gaming, LLC

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Boyd Gaming Corporation

Advised Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading gaming operator in Nevada, the Midwest and South, on the acquisition of Peninsula Gaming, a casino operator of five properties in Kansas, Iowa and Louisiana

04-May-12
$55 million
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Armajaro Trading Limited

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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.

19-Dec-11
$1.6 billion
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The Miller Group

Advised The Miller Group, the UK’s largest private homebuilder, on the recapitalization of its balance sheet comprising a substantial new equity capital raising and a significant debt for equity swap

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

16-Jun-11
$288 million
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Imperial Palace Casino Resort and Spa

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Acquiror: 
Boyd Gaming Corporation

Advised Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading gaming operator in Nevada, the Midwest and South, on the acquisition of Imperial Palace Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi

13-Jun-11
$2.3 billion
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The Timberland Corporation

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Acquiror: 
VF Corporation

Advised VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel on its acquisition of The Timberland Company, a leading outdoor footwear and apparel company

26-May-11
$192 million
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Centrebet International Limited

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Sportingbet plc

Advised Centrebet International, a leading International online wagering and gaming operator on the recommended cash offer by Sportingbet plc

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

07-Feb-11
$548 million
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Wesco Financial Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of Wesco Financial Corporation in connection with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s proposal to acquire the remaining 19.9% of the shares of Wesco’s common stock that it does not presently own

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

09-Nov-10
$27.0 billion
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General Growth Properties Inc.

Advised the 2006 Credit Facility Lenders, the largest class of unsecured debt with claims in excess of $2.8 billion, in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of mall REIT GGP, which resulted in cash payoff of the facilities in full

12-Aug-10
$NA
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Kohl’s Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Capital One Financial Corporation

Private Label Credit Card Business
Advised Kohl’s Corporation on a strategic alliance relating to its private label credit card business with Capital One Financial Corporation

10-Jun-10
$580 million
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Tishman Speyer Washington D.C. Portfolio

Advised term loan and credit facility lenders to the Tishman Speyer partnership holding a portfolio of 28 office buildings in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area on a restructuring which resulted in payoff of the facilities in full

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

25-Feb-10
$14.4 billion
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Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.

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The Coca-Cola Company

Advised the Affiliated Transaction Committee of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. on the sale of its North American bottling operations to The Coca-Cola Company and on its concurrent acquisition of The Coca-Cola Company’s bottling operations in the Nordic region

08-Jan-10
$134 million
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Minerva plc

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Acquiror: 
KiFin Limited

Advised Minerva plc, a UK real estate development company, on its successful defence following an unsolicited offer from KiFin Limited, a company that makes investments for the benefit of Mr Nathan Kirsh

08-Oct-09
$455 million
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Ladbrokes Plc

Acted as Joint Financial Adviser to Ladbrokes plc, a leading UK based betting and gaming company, on its rights issue

10-Aug-09
$596 million
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Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest bookseller, on its acquisition of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc.

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

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

23-Apr-08
$2.8 billion
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Wendy's International, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Triarc Companies, Inc.

Advised the special committee of the board of directors in connection with its merger with Triarc Companies, Inc., the operator of the Arby’s franchise. The combined systems will have approximately 10,000 restaurant units and pro forma annual system sales of approximately $12.5 billion, positioning it as the nation’s third largest quick service restaurant company

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