Biotage (Biosystems division)
Advised Biotage AB (OMX: BIOT), a global biotechnology company, on its strategic review resulting in the disposal of its Biosystems division which offers systems for genetic analysis mainly for use in clinical research
Advised Moody’s Corporation on its acquisition of Fermat International, a leading provider of risk and performance management software to the global banking sector
Advised AkzoNobel on the sale of its Crown Paints decorative paints business in the United Kingdom and Ireland to Endless LLP, an independent private equity house
Selected Belgian Paints Brands
Advised AkzoNobel on the sale of selected Belgian paints brands to Rieu Investissements S.A., a French producer of coatings
Scholastic Corporation’s US direct-to-home continuities business
Advised Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, on the sale of its US direct-to-home continuities business to Sandvik AS
Advised Lonmin plc, a major producer of Platinum Group Metals, regarding an unsolicited pre-conditional offer for the company by Xstrata plc, a global diversified mining company
Advised Capvis, a leading Swiss private equity firm, on its acquisition of the BARTEC Group, a leading European provider of industrial safety technology, from Allianz Capital Partners, the captive private equity arm of Allianz AG, and the Barlian family (founding family)
Advised TransAlta Corporation, a power generation and wholesale marketing company, on an unsolicited offer from LS Power Equity Partners / Global Infrastructure Partners
Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited
Advised Tesco plc in relation to its acquisition of the 50% interest it does not already own in Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited, a joint venture with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. Tesco Personal Finance offers a range of retail insurance and banking products under the Tesco brand
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
THUS Group plc
Advised THUS Group plc, a fixed line business telecommunications provider, on a cash offer from Cable & Wireless plc
Applied Biosystems Group
Provided fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of the Applera Corporation on the merger of its Applied Biosystems business, which serves the life science industry, with the Invitrogen Corporation, creating a global leader in biotechnology reagents and systems
Dobbies Garden Centres plc
Advised Tesco plc in relation to its public cash offer to acquire the 35% of Dobbies Garden Centres plc which it does not already own
Wendy's International, Inc.
Advised the special committee of the board of directors in connection with its merger with Triarc Companies, Inc., the operator of the Arby’s franchise. The combined systems will have approximately 10,000 restaurant units and pro forma annual system sales of approximately $12.5 billion, positioning it as the nation’s third largest quick service restaurant company
Advised Delta Air Lines in connection with its merger with Northwest Airlines (+Transaction value represents enterprise value of combined entity)
Clayton Holdings, Inc.
Advised Greenfield Partners on its acquisition of Clayton Holdings, a leading due diligence and surveillance provider
ArmorGroup International plc
Advised G4S plc on its public offer for ArmorGroup International plc, a leading provider of defensive and protective security services to national governments, multinational corporations and international peace and security organisations operating in hostile environments
Ambac Financial Group, Inc.
Advised a consortium of leading global financial institutions and investors, including but not limited to Banc of America Securities LLC; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; Dresdner Kleinwort Securities LLC; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; and UBS Securities LLC, on its participation in a recapitalization of Ambac Financial Group, Inc.
Advised Hancock Timber Resource Group, the largest global timber investment management organization, on its acquisition of TimberStar Southwest, which owns and manages 900,000 acres of timberlands located in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
Advised Roche Holding Ltd., a world-leading provider of healthcare pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, on its acquisition of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a US based provider of histopathology diagnostic equipment
E. Brost & J. Funke GmbH & Co. KG (BFK KG) and its 25% stake in Otto Group
Advised the shareholders of BFK KG, comprising the families who also own German publisher WAZ Media Group, on the sale of their 25% holding in German retailing and services group Otto to the Otto family, which thereby regained full ownership of the business
Global Solutions Limited
Advised G4S plc on the acquisition of Global Solutions Limited, an international leader in the provision of critical primary and support services for governments, companies and public authorities. GSL is a pioneer of outsourced justice services on three continents
Kelda Group plc
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
Oakland Mall LLC
Advised the Kogan Family on the sale of Oakland Mall, a regional shopping mall in Troy, Michigan anchored by JC Penney, Sears and Macy's
Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.
Advised Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc, the third largest options market in the US and the nation's oldest stock exchange, on its sale to the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.