Featured North America Experience
MetLife Launches $1.5 Billion Bond Offering
Willkie client MetLife, Inc. launched a $1.5 million bond offering -- $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.000% senior notes due 2025 and $1 billion aggregate principal amount of its 4.050% senior notes due 2045.
Sun Life Financial Enters into Groundbreaking C$5 billion Longevity Insurance Transaction with BCE
Willkie advised Sun Life Financial in its C$5 billion longevity insurance transaction with BCE, Canada’s largest communications company. The longevity insurance agreement is the first of its kind in North America.
Convenience Store Giants Kangaroo Express® and Circle K Circle Up In $1.7 Billion Deal
Canadian convenience store leader Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., which operates under the Circle K banner, announced it will acquire Willkie client The Pantry, Inc., which has more than 1,500 convenience stores in the southeastern United States, including the Kangaroo Express® chain.
Colony Financial Announces $1.6 Billion Acquisition of Cobalt Capital Industrial Real Estate
Willkie client Colony Financial, Inc., a real estate investment and finance company, will acquire Cobalt Capital Partners and its highly diversified portfolio of 256 primarily light industrial assets.
Paramount Group, Inc. Launches Record-Setting $2.3 Billion IPO
Long-time client Paramount Group, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 131,000,000 shares of common stock at a price of $17.50 per share, the largest REIT initial public offering in U.S. history.
Victory for Marsh in Precedent-Setting Trial Involving “Special Relationship”
In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Willkie client insurance broker Marsh USA Inc. in the first case to go to trial involving an emerging area of potential broker liability called a "special relationship." It is expected that the case will set a key precedent for insurance brokers as the special relationship doctrine continues to develop across the country.
Tornier N.V. and Wright Medical Group Agree to $3.3 Billion Merger
Willkie client Tornier N.V. and Wright Medical Group, Inc. entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the two companies will combine in an all stock transaction with a combined equity value of approximately $3.3 billion.
Washington Prime Group Will Acquire Glimcher Realty Trust for $4.3 Billion
Willkie client Washington Prime Group Inc. and Glimcher Realty Trust entered into a definitive agreement under which WPG will acquire Glimcher in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $4.3 billion.
Level 3 Communications in $7.3 Billion Acquisition of tw telecom
The stock-and-cash transaction, announced in June 2014, is expected to further solidify Level 3’s position as a premier global communications provider to the enterprise, government and carrier market.
Men’s Wearhouse in $1.8 Billion Acquisition of One-Time Suitor Jos. A. Bank
In October 2013, Willkie represented Men’s Wearhouse in its rejection of the $2.3 billion unsolicited buyout bid from Jos. A. Bank, which the company’s board of directors determined to be an undervaluation of the men’s retailer and not in the best interest of the company’s shareholders. In January 2014, Men's Wearhouse proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Jos. A. Bank common stock for approximately $1.6 billion, as well as nominated two independent directors for Jos. A. Bank’s board. In February 2014, Men’s Wearhouse raised its bid to approximately $1.78 billion and commenced a lawsuit, successfully handled by a Willkie litigation team, to block Jos. A. Bank from its pending deal to acquire Eddie Bauer.
MasterCard in Approval of Landmark Settlement in Multidistrict Class Action
In December 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York approved a settlement agreement reached by Willkie client MasterCard, along with Visa and 13 of the nation’s largest banks, with a class of about 12 million merchants in a multidistrict class action litigation involving antitrust allegations of price fixing, tying, monopolization and exclusive dealing against the U.S. credit card industry. The settlement resolved eight years of litigation and is believed to be the largest-ever antitrust settlement in U.S. history.
Hudson’s Bay Company in $2.9 Billion Cross-Border Acquisition of Saks Incorporated
Willkie client Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Company acquired U.S. luxury retailer Saks Incorporated for $16.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion, including debt.
Comcast in $45 Billion Merger with Time Warner Cable
The firm’s Communications, Media & Privacy Department is leading the effort to secure FCC regulatory approval for Comcast Corporation in its $45.2 billion acquisition ($67 billion including debt) of Time Warner Cable Inc.