Recent Transactions

21-Nov-14
$203 million
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Tipness Limited

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Acquiror: 
Nippon Television Holdings

Advised Nippon Television Holdings, a media and content company engaged in production and broadcasting primarily in Japan, on the acquisition of Tipness Limited, the fourth largest fitness club company in Japan,  from Suntory Holdings and Marubeni Corporation

26-Jun-14
$2.7 billion
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Frank Russell Company

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Acquiror: 
London Stock Exchange Group plc

Advised LSEG on the proposed acquisition of Frank Russell Company, the number one provider of benchmarks to US-focused equity funds and a leading provider of multi-asset class investment solutions, from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, including acting as Joint Sponsor to LSEG on its $1.6 billion rights issue

11-Apr-14
$414 million
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Investec Bank (Australia) Limited

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Bank of Queensland Limited

Advised Investec Bank (Australia) Limited on the sale of its Professional Finance and Asset Finance and Leasing businesses, its deposit book, and its Australian banking licence to Bank of Queensland Limited (“BOQ”). BOQ is a leading regional Australian bank which provides retail and business banking

03-Mar-14
$3.6 billion
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hibu plc (formerly Yell Group plc)

Advised hibu, a full service provider of digital and print marketing services for SMEs and owner of print directory brands Yellow Pages (UK), Yellowbook (US) and Paginas Amarillas (Spain), on the comprehensive restructuring of its £2.2 billion balance sheet debt

18-Dec-13
$NA
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Global Television

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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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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

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

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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

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

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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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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

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

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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

21-Dec-12
$NA
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Sanyo DI Solution

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Acquiror: 
Advantage Partners

Advised Advantage Partners, a leading private equity fund in Japan, on the acquisition of 100% stake in Sanyo DI Solution, the digital still camera OEM business in SANYO Electric, a group company of Panasonic

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.

08-Oct-12
$NA
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Phaidon Press Limited

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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

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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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)

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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Private Investors

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

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

27-Jul-11
$850 million
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The Synovate Group

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Acquiror: 
Ipsos S.A.

Advised Aegis Group plc on the sale of The Synovate Group, a leading global provider of custom market research, to Ipsos S.A.

24-May-11
$1.0 billion
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New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband

Sole financial adviser to Crown Fibre Holdings (100% New Zealand Government owned entity) on the tender and negotiations for the investment of NZ$1.3 billion in a new ultra-fast broadband network in New Zealand, which includes agreements with Telecom Corporation of New Zealand, Christchurch City Holdings, WEL Networks and Northpower

21-Mar-11
$NA
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Close Brothers Cayman Limited

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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

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