Recent Transactions

08-Apr-14
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ARTnews

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Acquiror: 
Skate Capital Corp.

Advised ARTnews, the world's oldest and most widely circulated art magazine, on its sale to Skate Capital Corp., a private art and media industry investment vehicle

01-Apr-14
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Dillard's, Inc. (Credit Card Assets)

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Acquiror: 
Wells Fargo & Company

Advised Dillard’s, Inc. on a strategic alliance relating to its credit card business with Wells Fargo & Company

10-Mar-14
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K-Y brand

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Acquiror: 
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Advised Reckitt Benckiser, a leading consumer goods manufacturer, on the acquisition of the global rights to the K-Y brand, a leader in intimate lubricants

06-Mar-14
$10.0 billion
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Safeway Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Albertsons (majority owned by Cerberus Capital Management)

Advised the Board of Directors of Safeway Inc., a leading food and drug retailer, on its acquisition by Albertsons

03-Mar-14
$585 million
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Gannett (Apartments.com)

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Acquiror: 
CoStar Group

Advised Gannett Co., Inc., a media and marketing solutions company, on the sale of its stake in the online real estate classifieds service Apartments.com (part of Classified Ventures, LLC) to CoStar Group, a provider of information services to the commercial real estate industry

21-Feb-14
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BancTec, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
HandsOn3, LLC

Advised BancTec, Inc., a leading business process outsourcing company, on its acquisition by HandsOn3, LLC and subsequent combination with Dataforce Group to create one of the largest pure-play BPO businesses, spanning over 50 countries

18-Feb-14
$25.1 billion
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Forest Laboratories Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Actavis plc

Advised Actavis plc, a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products on its acquisition of Forest Laboratories Inc.

05-Feb-14
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Unfors Raysafe AB

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Acquiror: 
Fluke Biomedical Corporation

Advised the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund on the sale of Unfors Raysafe AB, a provider of easy-to-use products that help to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, to Fluke Biomedical Corp., a subsidiary of Danaher Corp. that manufactures biomedical test and simulation products

04-Feb-14
$156 million
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Thiele Kaolin Company

Advised Thiele Kaolin Company, a miner and processor of kaolin clay, on a leveraged capitalization and repurchase of a 40% stock interest from Stora Enso Oyj

18-Dec-13
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Fidelis SeniorCare Inc. (Michigan Heath Plan)

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Acquiror: 
Centene Corporation

Advised Fidelis SeniorCare Inc., a healthcare provider focused on the care of the elderly, on the sale of a majority of its SecureCare Michigan health plan to Centene Corporation, a managed care provider focused on the Medicaid space

18-Dec-13
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Global Television

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Acquiror: 
NEP Group Inc.

Advised Catalyst Investment Managers on the sale of its portfolio company Global Television, Australia’s largest provider of outsourced broadcasting and video production services, to NEP Inc., a leading provider of total broadcast solutions in the US, UK and Brazil. NEP is majority-owned by private funds managed by Crestview Partners

18-Dec-13
$141 million
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Open Colleges Australia Pty Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Advised Open Colleges, Australia’s leading privately owned online provider in the high-growth vocational education and training sector, on the sale of a 70% stake (plus exit arrangements for the balance) to Apollo Education Group, Inc., one of North America’s largest private education providers

17-Dec-13
$2.0 billion
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AT&T (Connecticut Wireline Operations)

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Acquiror: 
Frontier Communications Corp.

Advised AT&T Inc. on the sale of its wireline operations in the State of Connecticut to Frontier Communications

04-Nov-13
$4.9 billion
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Berry Petroleum Co.

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Acquiror: 
LINN Energy, LLC

Advised the Independent Directors of LINN Energy, LLC, the largest oil & gas upstream MLP, related to the amended terms of the acquisition of Berry Petroleum Company

28-Oct-13
$1.1 billion
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U.S. Forestlands and Partnership Interest in the South Carolina Real Estate Assets of MeadWestvaco

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Acquiror: 
Plum Creek Timber

Provided fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of MeadWestvaco Corporation on the sale of its U.S. forestlands and a partnership stake in its South Carolina Real Estate assets to Plum Creek Timber

21-Oct-13
$4.8 billion
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Devon Energy Corporation (U.S. Midstream Assets)

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Acquiror: 
Crosstex Energy, Inc. & Crosstex Energy, L.P.

Advised Crosstex Energy, Inc. & Crosstex Energy, L.P., a leading U.S. based midstream company, on the creation of a new midstream energy partnership with Devon Energy Corporation, a top-five U.S. independent exploration & production company

03-Oct-13
$75 million
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Electronics Manufacturing Solutions Segment of CTS Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

Advised CTS Corporation on the sale of its Electronics Manufacturing Solutions segment, an electronics contract manufacturing service provider, to Benchmark Electronics

10-Sep-13
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Fresh & Easy (owned by Tesco plc)

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Acquiror: 
YFE Holdings, Inc (affiliate of The Yucaipa Companies, LLC)

Advised Tesco plc, a listed FTSE 100 retailer, on the sale of a substantive part of Fresh & Easy’s operating business to YFE Holdings, Inc, an affiliate of The Yucaipa Companies, LLC

09-Sep-13
$1.2 billion
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Sinclair Knight Merz

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Acquiror: 
Jacobs Engineering Group

Advised Sinclair Knight Merz, a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery on its recommended merger with Jacobs Engineering

04-Sep-13
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Aztec (subsidiary of Dentsu Inc.)

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Acquiror: 
IRI

Advised Dentsu Inc., Asia’s largest advertising agency, on the sale of its retail data analytics subsidiary Aztec, to IRI, a global market research company

01-Aug-13
$62 million
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Futuris Automotive

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Acquiror: 
Clearlake Capital

Advised Elders on the sale of Futuris Automotive, Australia’s largest automotive component manufacturer, to Clearlake Capital, a US based private equity firm

17-Jul-13
$600 million
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Lincoln Benefit Life, a subsidiary of the Allstate Corporation

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Acquiror: 
Resolution Life Holdings

Advised the limited partners of Resolution Life L.P. in the proposed acquisition by its subsidiary, Resolution Life Holdings, Inc., of Lincoln Benefit Life for $600mm

17-Jun-13
$200 million
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Tesoro Hawaii, LLC

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Acquiror: 
Par Petroleum

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Par Petroleum in connection with its acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, LLC from Tesoro Corporation

20-May-13
$8.5 billion
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Warner Chilcott, plc

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Acquiror: 
Actavis, Inc.

Advised Actavis, Inc., a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, branded and biosimilar products on its acquisition of Warner Chilcott plc

08-May-13
$110 million
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Healthcare Finance Group, LLC

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Acquiror: 
Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Advised Fifth Street Finance Corp., a specialty finance company with approximately $2 billion of assets under management, on the acquisition of Healthcare Finance Group, LLC, a specialty lender providing asset-based lending and term loan products to the healthcare industry

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