This time last year, a collective sigh of relief from City dealmakers was reverberating around the Square Mile as the M&A market regained momentum despite a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty. Since then, deal counsel have barely paused for breath, with many juggling multiple deals well into the parts of August in which even the most committed deal junkie would expect to be pretending not to check work emails on a sun lounger.
Such boom-time dynamics are borne out by the latest Mergermarket figures for H1 2018, which saw announced global M&A deals hit $1.94trn, its highest value since the financial crisis. Continue reading “Mega-deals and convergence stoke M&A but subdued volumes and volatile conditions linger”
New Law buyout sees EY acquire Riverview Law
A sign of things to come?
After Lawyers On Demand (LOD) earlier this year secured private equity backers, fellow New Law pioneer Riverview Law in August announced a sale to Big Four group EY. The deal, which saw original backer DLA Piper offload its remaining 14% stake, has been cited as evidence of the Big Four’s renewed push into legal services. EY’s global head of alliances for tax, Chris Price, has become the chief executive of the rebranded EY Riverview Law. Continue reading “Summer news in context”
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have scored lead mandates on the proposed initial public offering (IPO) of small business lender Funding Circle, while Linklaters advised on the £2bn financing of the Triton Knoll wind farm.
London-based start-up Funding Circle, which provides a loan platform for SMEs in the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands, announced today (3 September) its intention to issue at least 25% of its share capital to raise around £300m. Continue reading “Deal watch: Magic Circle scoops £300m Funding Circle IPO as Linklaters advises on £2bn wind farm financing”
Eversheds Sutherland has landed a major role on the administration of Formula 1 team Force India as Cooley advises a UK IT company on its $126.8m IPO and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) acts on a $388m Philippines agribusiness deal.
Finance partner Jamie Leader led Eversheds as it represented Brockstone Limited, the services company linked to Force India driver Sergio Pérez, on a High Court administration application intended to safeguard the jobs of 400 employees. Continue reading “Deal watch: Eversheds Sutherland races to advise Formula 1 team on administration as Cooley acts on $126.8m tech IPO”
- White & Case and a group of Italian elite independents advised CVC Capital Partners on the €3bn acquisition of a 52% stake in Italian drug maker Recordati from the family of the company’s founders. The US firm’s Milan office founder Michael Immordino (pictured), London partners Mike Weir, Steven Worthington, Martin Forbes and James Greene were part of the team alongside Milan-based Ferigo Foscari, Leonardo Graffi, Iacopo Canino and Alessandro Nolet. Italian PE firm Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners also acted for CVC with founder Bruno Gattai and partners Gerardo Gabrielli, Nicola Brunetti and Lorenzo Cairo. Pedersoli advised Recordati’s shareholders, led by Carlo Pedersoli.
Continue reading “Dealwatch: Europe provides rich pickings for City firms and US giants”
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are leading on Linde’s $3.3bn Americas disposals, bringing the German gas group a step closer to its $83bn combination with Praxair.
The deal sees Freshfields advise a consortium of Messer Group, the German industrial gas manufacturer, and private equity house CVC Capital Partners as it acquired the bulk of Linde’s gas business in North America and individual business units in South America. The Freshfields team out of Germany was led by Kai Hasselbach in Munich and Stephan Waldhausen in Dusseldorf while its US team was led by partners Omar Pringle (M&A) and Paul Yde (antitrust). Continue reading “Deal Watch: International elite flock to $3.3bn Linde disposal as Paul Hastings hire secures 2nd deal for PE client”
It was a busy week for UK and US deal counsel as Travers Smith and Ashurst acted on multibillion-pound deals north of the channel and White & Case and Ropes & Gray landed key mandates in continental Europe.
Again acting well above its traditional mid-market territory, Travers advised IT company Micro Focus on the $2.5bn sale of open source software business SUSE to EQT Partners. Continue reading “Deal Watch: Rich pickings for Travers and Ashurst as US giants get busy on the continent”
- Ropes & Gray’s London arm advised on the largest-ever UK private equity software buyout. Helen Croke (pictured) led the team advising Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on a £1.3bn joint partnership investment. ICG was joined by Hg Saturn Fund as they invested in IRIS Software Group, a business-critical software provider for the UK accountancy, education and business market. Hg Saturn was advised on the transaction by Linklaters, while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom acted for IRIS.
- White & Case continued its strong run of private equity deals as the firm advised CVC Capital Partners on the €1.01bn loan financing of a consortium buyout of Finnish private healthcare provider Mehiläinen. The team comprised banking partners Martin Forbes and Justin Wagstaff. Meanwhile Latham & Watkins advised CVC and the banks – UBS, M&S, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, Credit Suisse, KeyBank and Barclays. Kirkland & Ellis advised Summit Partners, which was a selling shareholder.
Continue reading “Dealwatch: PE deals continue to dominate agenda for City firms”
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Magic Circle heavyweights Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance (CC) have scored key roles on the £1.7bn sale of Virgin Money while the €7.1bn Adyen initial public offering (IPO) and £1.8bn Equitable Life disposal drummed up business for numerous City and US advisers.
CYBG, the owner of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, said yesterday (18 June) it had struck a deal to buy London Stock Exchange-listed Virgin Money in a £1.7bn acquisition that will create the UK’s sixth-largest bank. Continue reading “Deal watch: Magic Circle trio banks on Virgin Money sale as €7.1bn Adyen IPO and £1.8bn Equitable Life disposal keep raft of advisers busy”