Recent Transactions

21-Sep-06
$385 million
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Incisive Media plc

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Acquiror: 
Apax Partners Worldwide LLP

Advised the Independent Directors of Incisive Media plc, a B2B media publisher, on a recommended MBO approach backed by Apax

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

03-Aug-06
$136 million
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Study Group International

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Acquiror: 
CHAMP Private Equity / Petersen Investments

(a unit of Daily Mail & General Trust plc)
Advised Daily Mail & General Trust plc on the sale of Study Group International to CHAMP Private Equity and Petersen Investments

17-Jul-06
$132 million
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Leader Price Polska Sp. z.o.o.

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Tesco plc

(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Groupe Casino)
Advised Tesco PLC on the acquisition of the Polish business of Leader Price, a convenience store retailer, from Groupe Casino, a French retailer

21-Jun-06
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Foster Yeoman Limited

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Acquiror: 
Aggregate Industries Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Holcim Ltd)

Advised Aggregate Industries Limited on a recommended cash offer for Foster Yeoman Limited, a privately-held UK heavy building materials 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

12-Apr-06
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WH Smith PLC

Advised WH Smith PLC on the demerger of its Retail business

27-Mar-06
$231 million
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Aberdeen Journals Ltd

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Acquiror: 
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd

(wholly owned by Northcliffe Newspapers, the regional newspaper division of DMGT) Advised Daily Mail and General Trust’s regional newspaper division, Northcliffe Newspapers on its sale of Aberdeen Journals, publisher of the Aberdeen Press & Journal and Aberdeen Evening Express to DC Thomson, a leading Scottish publisher

24-Feb-06
$860 million
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Aquarion Company

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Bank

(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kelda Group plc) Advised Kelda Group plc on the sale of Aquarion Company, one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the US

01-Feb-06
$105 million
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Your Communications

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THUS Group plc

Advised THUS Group plc on the acquisition of Your Communications, an alternative business telecoms carrier, from United Utilities plc

15-Dec-05
$4.5 billion
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Drax Group Limited

Advised bondholders of Drax Group Limited on the refinancing & listing of, and possible offers for, the company. On 15-Dec-05, Drax Group plc was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange

29-Nov-05
$556 million
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Initial Style Conferences

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Alternative Hotel Group

(the conferences business of Rentokil Initial plc)
Advised Rentokil Initial on the sale of its conferences division, Initial Style Conferences, to Alternative Hotel Group (a group of investors led by Richard Balfour-Lynn and other MWB directors acting in their private capacity partnering with Bank of Scotland)

11-Nov-05
$1.2 billion
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Refco Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Man Financial Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Man Group plc

Advised Refco Inc. on the sale of substantially all of the assets of Refco's regulated commodities futures business to Man Financial

13-Sep-05
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AEA Technology plc

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Acquiror: 
Coller Capital

Advised AEA Technology plc, a UK provider of Rail and Environmental services, on the sale of a portfolio of non-core businesses to Coller Capital. The sale formed part of a wider financial restructuring plan

01-Sep-05
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Minit Group

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Acquiror: 
CVC Capital Partners

(wholly owned by UBS Capital)
Advised UBS Capital on its sale of the Minit Group, the world's largest shoe repair and key cutting services chain, to CVC Capital Partners

22-Aug-05
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Rentokil Initial plc

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Acquiror: 
Raphoe Management Limited

Advised leading European support services company Rentokil Initial on unsolicited approach from Raphoe Management Limited

18-Jul-05
$101 million
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TeleCity Plc

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

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

21-Jun-05
$714 million
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Scottish Radio Holdings plc

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EMAP plc

Advised UK radio and regional press company Scottish Radio Holdings plc on a recommended offer by EMAP plc

01-Jun-05
$1.4 billion
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IIR

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Acquiror: 
T&F Informa

Advised T&F Informa on the acquisition of IIR, a leading provider of performance improvement solutions and organiser of conferences and exhibitions. The acquisition is to be financed via a rights issue of c.$570m and a new debt facility

12-Jan-05
$4.5 billion
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Aggregate Industries PLC

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Acquiror: 
Holcim Ltd.

Advised Aggregate Industries PLC on the sale of the company to Holcim Ltd

27-Oct-04
$3.0 billion
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Warner Chilcott PLC

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Acquiror: 
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

28-Apr-04
$161 million
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Atlantic Electric and Gas Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Scottish and Southern Energy plc

Advised Atlantic Electric and Gas, an affiliate of Sempra Energy, on the sale of its assets to Scottish and Southern Energy.

19-Apr-04
$1.9 billion
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WH Smith PLC

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Jamaica Trading Limited (an acquisition vehicle funded by Permira)

Advised WH Smith PLC on a possible offer for the company from Permira Advisers Limited

02-Mar-04
$2.1 billion
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Taylor & Francis Group Plc

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Acquiror: 
Informa Group Plc

Advised Informa Group on its merger with Taylor & Francis. Following the merger, Informa shareholders own 51% of the combined company

23-Jan-04
$155 million
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Cable & Wireless

Advised Cable & Wireless plc in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of its U.S. subsidiary, Cable & Wireless America, including its sale to Savvis Communications for $155 million

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