Recent Transactions

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-Sep-13
$NA
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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

31-Jul-13
$NA
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CPP Group plc

Advised on the comprehensive restructuring of its balance sheet, including sale of the US business, terming out the existing RCF and creation of additional liquidity by the long term deferral of business partner payments

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

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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

12-Jun-13
$893 million
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A$1.6bn non-core loan portfolio

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Acquiror: 
Goldman Sachs Group. Inc.

Advised Suncorp Group Ltd (ASX:SUN), a leading general insurance, retail banking and life insurance group in Australia and New Zealand, on the sale of a A$1.6bn portfolio of performing and non-performing (corporate and property) loans to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., an American multinational investment banking firm

31-May-13
$500 million
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iSelect (30% shareholding)

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Ninemsn (T/A Mi9)

Advised Mi9, a joint venture between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment Co, and one of Australia’s leading digital media companies, on the sale of its 30% holding in iSelect, a leading Australian online-driven comparison service, as part of the Initial Public Offering of iSelect

31-May-13
$57 million
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d-cyphaTrade Limited

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Acquiror: 
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

Advised Transpower New Zealand, the state owned owner-operator of New Zealand’s electricity distribution network on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary d-cyphaTrade Limited to the Australian Securities Exchange. d-cyphaTrade specializes in the design and marketing of Australian electricity derivatives traded on the ASX24 derivatives platform

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

15-Jan-13
$NA
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Broadcast Rights for V8 Supercars

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Acquiror: 
Seven Network

Advised Archer Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm, and its portfolio company V8 Supercars Australia, on the sale of the Australian FTA television broadcasting rights for V8 Supercars to Seven, a leading Free to Air broadcaster in Australia

11-Dec-12
$51.6 billion
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American International Group (AIG)

Advised the United States Department of the Treasury (“UST”) on the full reduction of its 92% ownership stake in the insurer through numerous Secondary Public Offering Transactions

01-Nov-12
$180 million
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SKY Network Television Limited

Advised Todd Corporation, a major New Zealand family office, on the divestment of its 11.1% holding in SKY Network Television Limited, New Zealand’s leading provider of pay television services

30-Oct-12
$834 million
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Investments of AP Alternative Assets, L.P.

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Acquiror: 
Athene Holding Ltd.

Advised the Special Committee of the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Athene Holding Ltd. in connection with the purchase of non-cash investment assets of AP Alternative Assets L.P.

23-Oct-12
$5.7 billion
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Target Corporation’s REDcard credit card assets

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Acquiror: 
The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group

Advised The Toronto-Dominion Bank Group on its acquisition of Target Corporation’s REDcard credit card assets

08-Oct-12
$NA
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Phaidon Press Limited

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Acquiror: 
Leon D. Black family

Advised Phaidon Press Limited (“Phaidon”) and its owner, Richard Schlagman, on the sale of the company to the family of Leon Black. Founded in 1923, Phaidon is a leading branded publishing and media company focused on the visual arts, culture and lifestyle sectors

27-Sep-12
$1.5 billion
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The Hartford’s Individual Life Insurance Business

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Acquiror: 
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Advised The Hartford, a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services, on the divestiture of its Individual Life Insurance Business to Prudential Financial, Inc.

04-Sep-12
$600 million
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The Hartford’s Retirement Plans Group

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Acquiror: 
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Advised The Hartford, a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services, on the divestiture of its Retirement Plans Group to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, a leading mutual life insurance company

02-Sep-12
$285 million
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DMG Radio Australia, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and Guardian Trust Plc

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Acquiror: 
Illyria Pty

Advised Daily Mail and Guardian Trust plc (DMGT), on the sale of its remaining 50% interest in its Radio business in Australia to Illyria Pty, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch. The Radio operations comprise two national music networks in Australia

21-Aug-12
$1.1 billion
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Broadcast Rights for the National Rugby League

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Acquiror: 
Nine Network / Fox Sports

Advised the Australian Rugby League Commission on the sale of the Australian television broadcasting rights for the National Rugby League to Nine, a leading Free to Air broadcaster and Fox Sports, Australia’s largest pay TV broadcaster (partially owned by News Limited)

13-Aug-12
$32 million
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Journal Communications, Inc.

Advised the Board of Directors of Journal Communications, Inc., a diversified media company with newspaper and broadcasting interests, in connection with the repurchase of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of its Class C Common Stock from successors to the Company’s founding family

12-Jul-12
$5.0 billion
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Aegis Group plc

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Acquiror: 
Dentsu Inc.

Advised Aegis Group plc, a leading global media and digital communications agency, on its sale to Dentsu Inc., the leading advertising group in Asia

28-Jun-12
$275 million
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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group

Advised Village Roadshow Entertainment Group on its $275 million mezzanine and equity capital raise from a group of investors

21-May-12
$NA
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Robbins-Gioia Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Private Investors

Advised Informa plc on the sale of its subsidiary, Robbins-Gioia Inc., to a group of private investors

27-Apr-12
$NA
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Merlin Securities LLC

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Acquiror: 
Wells Fargo & Company

Advised Merlin Securities LLC, a leading prime brokerage company in the US, on its sale to Wells Fargo

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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