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‘Reflecting market pressure’: DLA and Latham pick up lead roles on largest toll road merger

DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins and Legal Business Euro Elite leader Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners all picked up mandates as Italian infrastructure company Atlantia launched a €16.3bn bid to acquire its Spanish rival Abertis.

The offer comprised an all-cash bid that values Abertis at €16.50 per share or a share alternative structure. The merger will be the largest foreign acquisition by an Italian company since utility company Enel bought Spain’s Endesa in 2007 and would create the world’s biggest operator of toll roads.