Recent Transactions

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

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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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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

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

09-Jun-03
$237 million
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Kelda Group plc’s

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Terra Firma Investments

46% stake in Waste Recycling Group plc
Advised Kelda Group plc on the disposal of its 46% stake in Waste Recycling Group plc.

31-Jan-03
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Charles Schwab Europe

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Barclays PLC

Advised The Charles Schwab Corporation on the sale of its British pound sterling brokerage business, to Barclays PLC.

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.

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

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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.

29-Aug-02
$6.2 billion
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Marconi plc

Advised the official committee of bondholders of Marconi, a leading telecom equipment provider, on the financial restructuring of Marconi's £4 billion of externally held financial indebtedness

16-May-02
$545 million
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Go Fly Ltd

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easyJet plc

(majority owned by 3i plc)
Advised Go Fly, Europe’s No. 3 no-frills airline, on its sale to easyJet. The acquisition created Europe’s largest low cost airline.

18-Jan-02
$520 million
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Thus plc

Advised THUS plc on its underwritten £275 million open offer, £90 million bank loan and demerger from its parent, ScottishPower

30-Jul-01
$117 million
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Kymata Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Alcatel Optronics

Advised Kymata Ltd, the Scottish manufacturer of optical components, on its sale to Alcatel Optronics of France.

19-Apr-01
$10.0 billion
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GKN plc

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Acquiror: 
Brambles Industries Ltd

(Industrial Services)
Advised Brambles on its merger with the industrial services division of GKN under a dual listed companies structure

25-Mar-01
$9.7 billion
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Cable & Wireless Optus Limited

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Acquiror: 
Singapore Telecommunications Limited

, 52.5% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc Advised C&W on the sale of its 52.5% owned Australian subsidiary, Cable & Wireless Optus, to SingTel

05-Feb-01
$316 million
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General Mills, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
International Multifoods Corporation

(Pillsbury Desserts & Baking Mixes Portfolio)
Advised Diageo on divestiture of Pillsbury’s Desserts & Baking Mix business to gain FTC approval for the sale of Pillsbury to General Mills.

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.

22-Sep-00
$750 million
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AerFi Group plc

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debis AirFinance (subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler AG)

Advised AerFi on its sale to debis AirFinance .

17-Jul-00
$10.5 billion
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Diageo plc

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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.

31-Mar-00
$498 million
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Dorling Kindersley plc

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Pearson plc

Advised Dorling Kindersley, a leading and innovative book publisher, on the sale of the company to Pearson in an all cash transaction.

28-Feb-00
$38.1 billion
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Hong Kong Telecom

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Century Cyberworks

, 54% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc
Advised C&W on the sale of Hong Kong Telecom (54% owned subsidiary of C&W) to PCCW in non-Japan Asia’s largest ever transaction.

11-Nov-99
$732 million
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Indigo Aviation AB

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Acquiror: 
AerFi Group plc

Advised AerFi Group on its acquisition of Indigo Aviation. The transaction involved a negotiated purchase of 72% of Indigo for shares of AerFi followed by a cash tender offer for the remaining 28% of the outstanding Indigo shares.

06-Aug-99
$12.8 billion
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One2One

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Acquiror: 
Deutsche Telekom AG

(joint venture between Cable and Wireless plc and Media One)
Strategic advice to C&W in connection with the sale of One2One, a UK mobile phone operator, 50% owned by C&W and 50% owned by Media One

30-Jul-99
$2.5 billion
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Mirror Group PLC

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Trinity plc

Advised Trinity on its merger with Mirror Group to form Trinity Mirror, the UK’s largest newspaper publisher

26-Jul-99
$23.3 billion
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Cable & Wireless Communications plc

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Cable and Wireless plc

, 53% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc Advised C&W on the reorganisation of Cable & Wireless Communications, including the sale of CWC’s consumer businesses to NTL and the acquisition of the public minority interest in CWC’s business telephony, data and IP operations

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