Recent Transactions

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

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

04-Aug-06
$290 million
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Republic Companies Group, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Delek Capital Ltd.

Advised Republic Companies Group, Inc., a regional provider of personal and commercial property and casualty insurance products

29-Jan-07
$900 million
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Eggborough CTA Bonds

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Acquiror: 
Ampere plc (a newly formed company)

Advised an ad hoc committee of bondholders representing over 70% of the debt in Eggborough Power Limited, a UK power station, on (a) the formation of a new company for the purpose of acquiring and holding a controlling interest in the Eggborough CTA Bonds and (b) an associated US$600m financing. The Eggborough CTA Bonds include an option to purchase Eggborough power station in March 2010

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

26-Nov-07
$11.4 billion
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Kelda Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Citi Infrastructure Investors, GIC Special Investments, Infracapital Partners and HSBC Bank

Advised Kelda Group plc, a leading provider of water and waste water services in the UK, on a recommended cash offer from a consortium of international infrastructure investors

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

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.

21-May-09
$111 million
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Shanks Group plc

Acted as Financial Adviser and Sponsor to Shanks Group plc, a leading European waste management group, on its rights issue

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-Sep-09
$81 million
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UKAEA Limited

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Acquiror: 
Babcock International Group plc

Advised United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Non Departmental Public Body, arm of the UK Government, on the sale of UKAEA Limited, its commercial nuclear decommissioning services business, to Babcock International Group plc

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

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

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

07-Jul-10
$1.8 billion
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Viridian

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Acquiror: 
ESB

Advised Viridian, one of the leading electricity companies in the all Ireland market, on the sale of NIE, its regulated electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Northern Ireland, to ESB, the state owned vertically integrated utility in Republic of Ireland

23-Sep-10
$394 million
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Aevum Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Stockland Corp. Ltd

Advised Aevum Limited, an ASX listed owner, operator and developer of retirement villages and aged care facilities on its response to a hostile takeover offer from Stockland Ltd, a global property development and investment management group

26-Oct-10
$175 million
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Rural Bank

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Acquiror: 
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Advised Elders, a diversified agricultural company on the sale of its 40% stake in Rural Bank to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, an Australian diversified financial services company

12-Nov-10
$NA
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Money Controls (subsidiary of Coin Acceptors, Inc.)

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Acquiror: 
Crane Co.

Advised Coin Acceptors, Inc. (“CoinCo”), a privately-owned US-based manufacturer of payment solutions for the automated point-of-sale industry, on the sale of its UK-based Money Controls subsidiary to Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products

29-Dec-10
$1.8 billion
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TOWER Australia Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited

Advised TOWER Australia Group Limited, the largest mono-line life insurance company in Australia, in relation to the offer from The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited to acquire all of the shares in TOWER that it does not already own by way of a scheme of arrangement

01-Mar-11
$128 million
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Tyndall Investments

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Acquiror: 
Nikko Asset Management

Advised Suncorp, on the sale of its investment management business, Tyndall Investments, in Australia and New Zealand to Nikko Asset Management, a leading Asian mutual funds management company

02-Mar-11
$NA
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TSmarine

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Acquiror: 
Fugro N.V.

Advised CHAMP Ventures on the sale of its portfolio company TSmarine, a provider of subsea services to the offshore oil and gas industry, to Fugro, among the world's leading service providers for the collection and interpretation of data relating to the earth's surface and sub-surface and for associated services

21-Mar-11
$NA
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Close Brothers Cayman Limited

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Acquiror: 
Intertrust Group Holdings SA

Advised Close Brothers plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its Cayman based offshore business to Intertrust Group Holdings SA

26-May-11
$192 million
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Centrebet International Limited

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Acquiror: 
Sportingbet plc

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

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

17-Nov-11
$1.5 billion
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Northern Rock

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Acquiror: 
Virgin Money

Advised Virgin Money, a financial services provider, on the acquisition of Northern Rock, a UK retail mortgage and savings bank, from UK Financial Investments Ltd, which manages the UK Government’s investments in financial institutions

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