Recent Transactions

29-Jul-10
$328 million
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Mitchell Communication Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Aegis Group plc

Advised Aegis Group plc on its acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group Limited, Australia’s leading independent media buyer

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

04-Jun-10
$232 million
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Manx Telecom

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Acquiror: 
HgCapital

Advised HgCapital, a leading European private equity investor, on its acquisition of Manx Telecom, the Isle of Man's main telecommunications and internet provider and a subsidiary of Telefónica S.A.

12-May-10
$NA
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Experian plc

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Acquiror: 
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Advised Experian plc, the FTSE100 global information services company, on the sale of certain UK database marketing activities into a newly formed joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC

22-Apr-10
$1.9 billion
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Bank of America Corporation

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Acquiror: 
AXA Private Equity

Advised AXA Private Equity, a leading European diversified private equity firm, on the acquisition of a portfolio of limited partnership interests in private equity funds from Bank of America

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.

04-Dec-09
$NA
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Verivox Holding Limited

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Acquiror: 
Oakley Capital Private Equity LP

Advised the shareholders of Verivox Holdings Limited, comprising Independent News & Media plc and the founders and joint CEOs of Verivox, on the sale of 51% in Verivox, Germany’s leading price comparison website for energy and telecommunications services, to Oakley Capital Private Equity

21-Jul-09
$2.8 billion
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Quebecor World Inc

Acted as financial advisor to Quebecor World on its CCAA / Chapter 11 restructuring

06-Jul-09
$2.0 billion
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PARIS RE Holdings Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
PartnerRe Ltd.

Advised PartnerRe Ltd., a leading global reinsurer, providing multi-line reinsurance to insurance companies, on its acquisition of PARIS RE Holdings Ltd., a French-listed, Swiss-based diversified reinsurer

28-May-09
$107 million
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Tristone Capital Global Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Group

Advised Tristone Capital Global Inc., an independent advisory firm focused on the global energy sector, on its sale to Macquarie Group

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.

01-Dec-08
$NA
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Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Cheil Worldwide, Inc.

Advised Cheil Worldwide, Inc, South Korea’s largest marketing agency, on the acquisition of Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd, a leading independent UK advertising agency

07-Aug-08
$NA
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Scholastic Corporation’s US direct-to-home continuities business

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Acquiror: 
Sandvik AS

Advised Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, on the sale of its US direct-to-home continuities business to Sandvik AS

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

30-Jun-08
$720 million
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THUS Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Cable & Wireless plc

Advised THUS Group plc, a fixed line business telecommunications provider, on a cash offer from Cable & Wireless plc

02-Jan-08
$NA
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E. Brost & J. Funke GmbH & Co. KG (BFK KG) and its 25% stake in Otto Group

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Acquiror: 
Otto AG für Beteiligungen (investment vehicle of Otto family)

Advised the shareholders of BFK KG, comprising the families who also own German publisher WAZ Media Group, on the sale of their 25% holding in German retailing and services group Otto to the Otto family, which thereby regained full ownership of the business

05-Jul-07
$630 million
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ALM Media Group Holdings, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Incisive Media Ltd. (portfolio company of Apax Partners)

Advised Incisive Media, a portfolio company of Apax Partners, on the acquisition of ALM Media, a leading integrated media company focused on the legal and real estate sectors and the largest provider of B2B information to the US legal market

30-Jun-07
$52.0 billion
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BCE Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Teacher's Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Advised the Board of BCE on a review of a range of strategic alternatives that culminated in an agreement to sell to a consortium consisting of Teacher's Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners for $52.0 billion that was ultimately terminated

12-Jun-07
$184 million
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Jane’s Information Group

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Acquiror: 
IHS Inc.

Advised The Woodbridge Company Limited, the holding company for the Thomson family’s investments, on the sale of Jane’s Information Group, a world-leading provider of information and analysis on global defence and security, to IHS Inc.

29-May-07
$99.1 billion
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ABN AMRO Holding NV

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Acquiror: 
Fortis SA/NV, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Banco Santander Central Hispano, SA

Advised Fortis on an offer by Fortis, RBS and Santander for ABN AMRO

21-May-07
$6.3 billion
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EMI Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited

Acted as lead financial advisor to global music industry player EMI Group plc, on a recommended cash offer from Maltby Limited, a company formed at the direction of Terra Firma

14-May-07
$1.0 billion
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Datamonitor plc

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Acquiror: 
Informa plc

Acted as financial adviser to Informa plc on its recommended acquisition of Datamonitor plc, a leading global provider of market intelligence

26-Mar-07
$1.0 billion
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Wolters Kluwer Education

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Acquiror: 
Bridgepoint Capital Limited

Advised Bridgepoint Capital Limited on its acquisition of Wolters Kluwer Education, the pan-European educational publishing division of quoted Dutch-based information services and publishing company Wolters Kluwer NV

20-Dec-06
$424 million
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Aton Capital

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Acquiror: 
Bank Austria Creditanstalt / UniCredit Group

Advised Aton Capital Group, the independent Russian investment bank, on the sale of its Institutional Business to Bank Austria Creditanstalt (part of the UniCredit Group)

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

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Acquiror: 
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

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