Recent Transactions

16-Jan-98
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Borden Foods International

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Acquiror: 
Nestlé S.A.

Advised Nestlé on its acquisition of Borden Foods International’s businesses, which have sales of more than $400 million.

14-Apr-99
$1.3 billion
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Berkshire Realty Company, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Berkshire Chairman, Goldman Sachs and The Blackstone Group

Advised investor group led by Berkshire Realty Chairman, Goldman Sachs and The Blackstone Group on the buyout of Berkshire Realty, a multi-family REIT that owns 82 apartment communities located in Florida, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

16-Jun-99
$2.5 billion
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TriNet Corporate Realty Trust, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Starwood Financial Trust

Advised TriNet on a stock for stock merger with Starwood Financial, creating a leading player in the specialty real estate finance area

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.

10-Aug-00
$750 million
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Radisson Group, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Olympus Real Estate Fund (Hicks, Muse)

(subsidiary of Carlson Companies, Inc.)
Advised Carlson Companies, Inc., the owner of the Radisson Hotels brand, on the formation of a $750 million Radisson Hotel acquisition fund, Radisson-Olympus Capital Partners.

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.

16-Jan-01
$11.5 billion
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Ralston Purina Co.

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Acquiror: 
Nestlé S.A.

Advised Nestlé on the agreed cash offer for the US pet-food company Ralston Purina

11-Oct-01
$1.3 billion
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Regal Cinemas, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
The Anschutz Corporation

Advised Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the United States, on its prepackaged bankruptcy plan and acquisition by The Anschutz Corporation

27-Mar-02
$168 million
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Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Castle Harlan, Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of Morton’s on sale of the Company.

30-Oct-02
$588 million
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T&S Stores Plc

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Acquiror: 
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.

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.

18-Mar-03
$7.0 billion
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Wella AG

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Acquiror: 
The Procter & Gamble Company

Advised Wella AG, a global market leader in hair care and fragrances, on its sale to The Procter & Gamble Company

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

08-Mar-04
$840 million
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International Multifoods Corporation

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Acquiror: 
JM Smucker Company

Advised International Multifoods Corporation, whose brands include Pillsbury, Martha White, Hungry Jack and Robin Hood, on its sale to the J.M Smucker Company.

29-Aug-04
$3.8 billion
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LNR Property Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of LNR Property Corporation, one of the US’ leading real estate investment, finance and management companies, on its sale to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and its real estate affiliate, Blackacre Institutional Capital Management, LLC

09-Sep-05
$1.0 billion
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7-Eleven, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd

Advised the special committee of 7-Eleven, Inc. in connection with its evaluation of an unsolicited tender offer commenced by Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd

06-Jan-06
$164 million
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Acadia Realty Trust

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GDC Properties

(selected assets) Advised GDC Properties on its acquisition of a 77.8% interest in a one million square foot Wilmington, Delaware shopping center portfolio previously held by institutional investors in Acadia Realty Trust Fund I

12-Apr-06
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WH Smith PLC

Advised WH Smith PLC on the demerger of its Retail business

03-Aug-06
$6.0 billion
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Reckson Associates Realty Corporation

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Acquiror: 
SL Green Realty Corporation

Advised the independent directors of Reckson, a real estate investment trust specializing in properties located in New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area, on the sale of Reckson to SL Green

10-Aug-06
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Forest City Ratner

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Acquiror: 
Forest City Enterprises Inc.

Advised Forest City Enterprises, Inc. on the restructuring of its business relationship with its New York City affiliate Forest City Ratner

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

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

22-May-07
$6.5 billion
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Crescent Real Estate Equities Company

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Acquiror: 
Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Advised Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, a REIT holding a diversified portfolio of office properties, hotels and resorts and luxury residential developments on its sale to Morgan Stanley Real Estate

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

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

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