Mergers & Acquisitions

Willkie is consistently ranked among the nation’s leading firms for mergers and acquisitions, representing buyers, sellers, special committees of boards, debt and equity investors and financial advisors in some of the most significant and complex acquisition transactions.  Our attorneys advise not only on significant domestic matters, but also on complex cross-border transactions.  Our U.S. attorneys work in close cooperation with our European offices, which are, themselves, recognized M&A industry leaders in their respective markets.

Our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group includes comprehensive representation for contested takeovers, strategic alliances, management buyouts, leveraged recaps, as well as acquisitions from reorganization proceedings, where we employ the skills and experience of our nationally renowned Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department.  We regularly participate in corporate auctions, representing bidders and sellers.  These transactions often involve dealing with multiple bidders simultaneously and require extensive coordination and planning.

Comprehensive M&A Services

We focus on finding solutions to meet client objectives and helping clients early on in the process to identify and assess the risks in a transaction.  Our practice involves both public and private companies in a broad range of industries.  Our attorneys are also skilled in all types of private equity transactions, ranging from complex leveraged buyouts that have multitiered capital structures to minority investments that must effectively address difficult governance and liquidity issues.  We also regularly advise clients on relevant regulatory and judicial developments in areas such as antitrust, tax, ERISA, corporate governance and securities laws as they affect the M&A environment.

Multidisciplinary Approach

As needed, the firm staffs each transaction with attorneys with specific relevant fields of experience.  Depending on the transaction, this experience may involve the participation of our corporate, debt finance, capital markets, bankruptcy and business reorganization, antitrust, tax, real estate, environmental, employee benefits and intellectual property practitioners.  These attorneys are familiar with the pace and nature of M&A transactions.  They evaluate specific risks and provide clients with crucial options with regard to their respective areas of experience.  Other attorneys in practice areas such as litigation and foreign investment in the United States are also called upon as needed.  Our litigation department regularly advises companies, their boards of directors, and special committees on fiduciary duty and shareholders’ rights issues arising out of proposed corporate transactions, and regularly represents those parties in litigation regarding such transactions.

Additionally, our attorneys have specific experience in industries such as insurance, asset management, pharmaceuticals and biomedical devices, REITs and communications that enables our M&A teams to better understand and respond to our clients’ unique requirements.  This multidisciplinary approach results in comprehensive legal counsel throughout the duration of a transaction.

In 2014, we were named Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group of the Year by Law360

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Representative Matters

  • Keg Logistics/Keg Credit

    We represented Keg Logistics LLC on its acquisition of Keg Credit, LLC, which combines two of the leading keg providers in the U.S. craft brewing industry. (2017)

  • Melinta Therapeutics/Infectious Disease Business of The Medicines Company

    We represented Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. in its pending acquisition of the infectious disease business from The Medicines Company. (2017)

  • Insight Venture Partners/GraphPad

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its majority recapitalization of GraphPad Software, Inc., the premier provider of data analysis, statistics and graphing software solutions for scientific research applications. (2017)

  • E2open/Zyme

    We represented E2open and Zyme, both portfolio companies of Insight Venture Partners, in E2open’s acquisition of Zyme, creating the world’s largest operating network for manufacturing, supply chain and sales operations. (2017)

  • PAI Partners/Refresco

    We represented PAI Partners in its €1.6 billion investment (alongside British Columbia Investment Management Corp.) in Refresco, the Dutch-listed leading independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices. (2017)

  • OSG Billing Services/Microdynamics Group

    We represented OSG Billing Services in its acquisition of Microdynamics Group, a provider of integrated, multichannel transactional print and electronic solutions. (2017)

  • Aetna’s U.S. Group Life and Disability Business/The Hartford

    We represented Aetna, one of the leading diversified health care benefit companies in the United States, in its $1.45 billion agreement to sell its U.S. group life and disability business to The Hartford. (2017)

  • Apex Group/Genstar Capital/Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services Business

    We represented Apex Group Ltd. and Genstar Capital in Apex’s agreement to acquire the Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services business. (2017)

  • Assurant/The Warranty Group

    We represented Assurant, Inc., a premier global provider of risk management solutions, in its $2.5 billion deal to acquire The Warranty Group, a leading global provider of protection plans and related programs. (2017)

  • Rockefeller Financial Services/Gregory Fleming/Viking Global Investors

    We represented Rockefeller Financial Services, Inc., the parent company of Rockefeller & Co., in a deal with financial services executive Gregory J. Fleming to form Rockefeller Capital Management (backed by Viking Global Investors LP), an independent financial services firm focused on wealth management, asset management and strategic advisory. (2017)

  • Deutsche Bank Asset Management/iCapital Network

    We represented Deutsche Bank Asset Management in its agreement to sell its US Private Equity Access Fund Platform to iCapital Network. (2017)

  • Alleghany/Pacific Compensation/CopperPoint

    We represented Alleghany Corporation in the $150 million sale of Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, an underwriter of workers' compensation insurance, to CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company. (2017)

  • Allied Beverage Group/Breakthru Beverage Group New Jersey

    We represented Allied Beverage Group in its merger with Breakthru Beverage Group New Jersey, creating an integrated company under the Allied Beverage Group name that will continue to be New Jersey’s leading wholesale liquor distributor. (2017)

  • Genstar Capital/ISS/Vestar

    We represented Genstar Capital, in partnership with management, in its acquisition of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) from Vestar Capital Partners for $720 million. (2017)

  • eVestment/Nasdaq/Insight Venture Partners

    We represented eVestment, a global provider of institutional investment data intelligence and analytic solutions, in its $705 million sale from Insight Venture Partners to Nasdaq. (2017)

  • Bridge Growth Partners/BackOffice Associates

    We represented Bridge Growth Partners, LLC in its majority equity investment in BackOffice Associates, the worldwide leader in information governance, data stewardship, and data migration solutions. (2017)

  • A.S.Adventure Group/McTREK

    We represented A.S.Adventure Group, a portfolio company of private equity fund PAI Partners, in its agreement to acquire McTREK from YEAH! AG. (2017)

  • NeuroDerm/ Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

    We represented Centerview Partners, financial advisor to NeuroDerm Ltd, in NeuroDerm’s deal to be acquired by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation for $1.1 billion. (2017)

  • Melinta Therapeutics, Inc./Cempra, Inc.

    We represented Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. and Vatera Healthcare partners, Melinta’s majority shareholder, in Melinta’s merger with Cempra, Inc., forming a leading, vertically integrated commercial-stage anti-infectives company. (2017)

  • MetLife, Inc./Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

    We represented MetLife, Inc. in the separation of its U.S. retail business and its spin-off of Brighthouse Financial, Inc., creating two independent, publicly-traded companies. (2017)

  • Frontline Education/Thoma Bravo

    We represented Frontline Education, an integrated insights partner serving more than 12,000 educational organizations across America, in its agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, with Insight Venture Partners retaining a minority stake in the company. (2017)

  • Samson Resource II/Rockcliff Energy II

    We represented Samson Resources II, LLC, a privately held onshore exploration and production company, in the $525 million sale of its East Texas and North Louisiana Assets to Houston-based oil and gas company Rockcliff Energy II LLC (2017)

  • SIG/Z Capital

    We represented Sports Information Group, LLC, a multi-media information company serving the sports industry through its flagship Daily Racing Form platform and other brands, in its acquisition by affiliates of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. (2017)

  • Ekkio Capital/Amatasigroup/Eurofins

    We represented Ekkio Capital on the sale of Amatsigroup to Eurofins, the world leader in bio-pharmaceutical testing and a world leader in analytical services. (2017)

  • IK Investment Breteche Industrie Group

    We advised IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of Bretèche Industrie Group, a leading global manufacturer of industrial equipment for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products, from Equistone Partners and Céréa Capital. (2017)

  • Seaport Capital/Keg Logistics

    We represented New York-based private equity firm Seaport Capital, LLC in its acquisition of Keg Logistics LLC, a leading outsourced keg and beverage container management provider. (2017)

  • PAI Partners/ADB Safegate

    We advised PAI Partners in the sale of ADB Safegate, a global airport performance solutions provider, to The Carlyle Group. (2017)

  • New Mountain Capital/Sparta Systems/Thoma Bravo

    We represented New Mountain Capital LLC in its acquisition of Sparta Systems, Inc., a global leader in quality management system (QMS) software, from Thoma Bravo, LLC. (2017)

  • Constantia Flexibles/Multi-Color Corporation

    We represented Constantia Flexibles in the sale of its Labels division to Multi-Color Corporation for an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion. (2017)

  • Hawaiian Telcom/Cincinnati Bell/Twin Haven

    We represented Twin Haven Capital Partners, LLC, one of the largest stockholders of Hawaiian Telcom, in connection with the approximately $650 million pending merger of Hawaiian Telcom and Cincinnati Bell Inc. (2017)

  • Castik Capital/Transport Services Unit of Wolters Kluwer

    We represented Castik Capital in its acquisition of the Brussels-based transport services unit of Wolters Kluwer, a leading player in transportation management software and freight exchange solutions. (2017)

  • CMA CGM/EQT Infrastructure III/APL Limited

    We represented CMA CGM in the sale to the EQT Infrastructure III fund of a 90 percent stake in APL Limited, whose wholly owned subsidiary, Eagle Marine Services, Ltd., operates Global Gateway South, a leading container terminal in the Port of Los Angeles. (2017)

  • A Place for Mom/General Atlantic and Silver Lake/Warburg Pincus

    We represented A Place for Mom, North America's largest network connecting families to senior living service providers, in its acquisition by private equity firms Silver Lake and General Atlantic from Warburg Pincus. (2017)

  • Gainline Capital Partners/Southern Motion

    We represented Gainline Capital Partners LP in an agreement for funds managed by Gainline to acquire upholstered furniture manufacturer Southern Motion, Inc. (2017)

  • Gantner/Syx Automations

    We represented Ardian portfolio company Gantner Electronic Austria Holding GmbH in its acquisition of Syx Automations NV, creating a global provider of comprehensive access, billing and management systems for sport facilities, leisure centers and visitor attractions. (2017)

  • CMA CGM Mercosul Line

    We represented global shipping group CMA CGM in its acquisition of Mercosul Line from Maersk Line. (2017)

  • PAI Partners/DomusVi

    We represented PAI Partners in its sale of a majority stake in leading European retirement and nursing home operator DomusVi to Intermediate Capital Group and Sagesse Retraite Santé. (2017)

  • PAI Partners/IPH/Advent

    We represented PAI Partners in its deal to sell IPH, a European industrial supplies distributor, to Advent International. (2017)

  • Aquiline Capital Partners/OSG Billing Services

    We represented Aquiline Capital Partners in its acquisition of OSG Billing Services to create an omni-channel customer communications hub. (2017)

  • Castik Capital/inet, GmbH Austria

    We represented Castik Capital in the acquisition (by funds advised by Castik Capital) of a majority stake in inet, GmbH Austria, an SaaS provider of transportation management systems, from the international transportation and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss. (2017)

  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc./Kerbal Space Program

    We represented Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., in its acquisition of Kerbal Space Program, a critically acclaimed space simulation program. (2017)

  • Parallels/Plesk/Oakley Capital

    We represented Parallels Holdings Limited, a global leader in IT solutions, in the carve-out and $105 million sale of its Switzerland-based web server and website administration platform, Plesk, to Oakley Capital. (2017)

  • Kinnser Software/Insight Venture Partners/Mediware

    We represented Kinnser Software, Inc., the leading provider of software solutions for home health and hospice providers, and Insight Venture Partners in the sale of Kinnser to TPG Capital-backed Mediware Information Systems, Inc. (2017)

  • FIS/Capco/CD&R

    We represented FIS, a global leader in financial services technology, in its $477 million sale of a majority stake in Capco, its management consulting business, to private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. (2017)

  • Insight Venture Partners/Resolve Systems

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its acquisition of Resolve Systems, a leading enterprise security and IT incident response platform. (2017)

  • PAI Partners/ELITech

    We represented PAI Partners in its acquisition of ELITech Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty in-vitro diagnostics equipment and reagents, from Ergon Capital. (2017)

  • 3i/Formel D

    We represented 3i Group plc in its agreement to invest up to €247 million in Formel D GmbH, a Germany-based global service provider to the automotive and component supply industry. (2017)

  • Broadview/Windstream

    We represented Broadview Networks Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications solutions, in its deal to be acquired by Windstream Holdings, Inc. for $227.5 million. (2017)

  • Insight Venture Partners/Zyme

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in leading channel data management company Zyme, in a transaction valued at over $100 million. (2017)

  • Cowen Group/Convergex

    We represented Cowen Group, Inc. in its agreement to acquire Convergex, a leading agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, from private equity firm GTCR, Bank of New York Mellon and other equity holders for $116 million in cash and stock. (2017)

  • Flex-N-Gate/Plastic Omnium Businesses

    We represented Flex-N-Gate Group, a global automotive supplier, in its acquisition of seven European manufacturing plants – four in France, one in Spain and two in Germany – from France-based Plastic Omnium. (2017)

  • Cerelia/English Bay Batter

    We represented Cerelia (backed by IK Investment Partners), leading French producer of rolled dough and pancakes in Europe, in its acquisition of North American cookie specialist English Bay Batter, and its related leveraged refinancing. (2017)

  • Cowen Group/CEFC China

    We represented Cowen Group, Inc. in the $100 million equity investment (and $175 million debt financing) by CEFC China, the largest private company in Shanghai. (2017) 

  • Bpifrance/Peugot SA

    We represented Bpifrance in its €1.92 billion acquisition of a 12.7 percent stake in French automaker Peugeot SA from the French State. (2017)

  • BISAM/Aquiline Capital Partners/FactSet

    We represented BISAM Technologies S.A. and the sellers, led by Aquiline Capital Partners, in the sale of BISAM to FactSet for $205.2 million. (2017) 

  • Aquiline Capital Partners/Simply Business/Travelers

    We represented Simply Business and its shareholders (including Aquiline Capital Partners) in the sale of Simply Business, the UK’s biggest business insurance provider, to Travelers Companies, Inc. for approximately $490 million. (2017)

  • Bonduelle/Ready Pac Foods

    We represented Bonduelle in its agreement to acquire Ready Pac Foods. (2017)

  • SourceHOV Holdings, Inc./Novitex Holdings, Inc./Quinpario Acquisition Corp.

    We represented SourceHOV in its $2.8 billion merger agreement with Novitex and Quinpario to form Exela Technologies. (2017)

  • Fortress Investment Group/SoftBank Group

    We represented Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Fortress Investment Group in its $3.3 billion acquisition by SoftBank Group. (2017)

  • Virtus Investment Partners/RidgeWorth Investments

    We represented Virtus Investment Partners in its agreement to acquire RidgeWorth Investments, a multi-boutique asset management firm, as well as in the related financing. (2016)

  • Salient CRGT/Information Innovators

    We represented Bridge Growth Partners, LLC and Salient CRGT in Salient CRGT's acquisition of Information Innovators, Inc. (2017)

  • Take-Two Interactive Software Social Point

    We represented Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. in its acquisition of mobile game developer Social Point S.L. for $250 million, with a potential earn-out of up to $25.9 million. (2017)

  • Valtech Cardio/Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

    We represented Valtech Cardio in its acquisition by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation for up to $690 million. (2017)

  • United Subcontractors, Inc./Trilantic North America

    We represented United Subcontractors, Inc. (USI) in an equity investment and recapitalization in partnership with Trilantic North America. (2017)

  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals/Takeda/Sarissa Capital Management

    We represented Sarissa Capital Management, the largest shareholder of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, in connection with ARIAD’s agreement to be acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited for approximately $5.2 billion. (2017)

  • Aeolus Capital Management/Elliott Management

    We represented Aeolus, its founder and management team in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Aeolus by Elliott Management. (2017)

  • Glansaol/Laura Geller/Julep/Clark's Botanicals

    We represented Glansaol, a newly launched prestige beauty and personal care company, its acquisition of three brands: Laura Geller, Julep and Clark's Botanicals. (2016)

  • Dormakaba Group/Stanley Black Decker

    We represented dormakaba Group, as U.S. counsel, in its $725 million acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker’s Mechanical Security businesses. (2016)

  • Moore Frères & Company/Opera TV

    We represented Moore Frères & Company in its acquisition of Opera TV, the global leader in enabling the TV and media industry's transition to over-the-top (OTT) content. (2016)

  • Allied World/Fairfax Financial

    We represented Allied World in its acquisition by Fairfax Financial for $4.9 billion in cash and stock. (2016)

  • Finalsite/School Website

    We represented Finalsite, a Bridge Growth Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of School Website, the largest SaaS-based CMS software provider to schools in the UK. (2016)

  • ITT Corporation/Axtone Group

    We represented ITT Corporation in the approximately $118 million acquisition of Axtone Group. (2016)

  • TA Associates/Onlineprinters GmbH/Bregal Unternehmerkapital

    We represented TA Associates in the sale of Onlineprinters GmbH to Bregal Unternehmerkapital. (2016)

  • Fidelity National Information Services, Inc./SunGard

    We represented Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS) in its agreement to sell SunGard’s Public Sector and Education businesses to Vista Equity Partners for $850 million. (2016)

  • Ironshore Inc./Liberty Mutual Group Inc.

    We represented Ironshore Inc. in its acquisition by Liberty Mutual Group Inc. for approximately $3 billion. (2016)

  • QBE Insurance Group Limited/Enstar Group Limited

    We represented QBE Insurance Group Limited in its transaction with Enstar Group Limited to reinsure QBE’s U.S. multi-line property and casualty business. (2016)

  • Promotion Execution Partners/WPP

    We represented Promotion Execution Partners (PEP), a marketing management and procurement company, in its pending acquisition by WPP. (2016)

  • EQT Expansion Capital II/Internetstores Holding GmbH

    We represented EQT Expansion Capital II in the sale of Internetstores Holding GmbH to SIGNA Retail. (2016) 

  • Argo Group/Ariel Re

    We represented Argo Group, an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products, in its acquisition of Ariel Re, a global underwriter of insurance and reinsurance business, for approximately $235 million in cash.

  • AlixPartners/Jay Alix/CVC Capital Partners

    We represented Jay Alix, founder of AlixPartners, in the acquisition, alongside three other investors, of an ownership stake in the business from CVC Capital Partners, a transaction valuing AlixPartners at more than $2.5 billion. (2016)

  • Insight Venture Partners/Ministry Brands

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its investment in Ministry Brands, the country's leading SaaS provider for churches, parachurch ministries and other faith-based organizations in the United States. (2016) 

  • Strategic Insight/BrightScope

    We represented Genstar Capital portfolio company Strategic Insight, formerly known as Asset International, in its acquisition of BrightScope, the leading provider of retirement plan, sales and distribution data. (2016)  

  • Level 3 Communications/CenturyLink

    We represented Level 3 Communications, Inc. in its merger agreement under which CenturyLink acquired Level 3 in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion. (2016)

  • Ardian/SLV

    We represented Ardian in its agreement to acquire SLV, a provider of lighting fixtures for residential and commercial space, from Cinven. (2016)

  • The CapStreet Group/T.F. Hudgins Holdings/Allied Reliability Group Holdings

    We represented The CapStreet Group in the combination of portfolio company T.F. Hudgins Holdings and Allied Reliability Group Holdings. (2016)

  • Genworth Financial/China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co.

    We represented Genworth Financial in its $2.7 billion pending acquisition by China Oceanwide; the transaction includes an additional $1.1 billion capital contribution. (2016)

  • Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd/ Bradesco Seguros

    We represented Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd in its agreement to establish a joint venture with Bradesco Seguros, creating a leading commercial large-risk insurer in Brazil. (2016)

  • The Sterling Group/Destin Jet

    We represented The Sterling Group in its acquisition of Destin Jet, a fixed-based operator (FBO, an airport-located business that provides support services to private aircraft), as the first FBO in its newly formed FBO network, Triumph FBO. (2016) 

  • Ardian/Weber Automotive GmbH

    We represented Ardian in its acquisition of a majority interest in Weber Automotive GmbH, one of the global leaders in the vehicle supply industry. (2016)

  • Implant Sciences/L-3 Communications

    We represent Implant Sciences in the $117.5 million sale of its explosives trace detection assets to L-3 Communications, a Section 363 bankruptcy sale, and in connection with its chapter 11 cases. (2016)

  • Aralez Pharmaceuticals/AstraZeneca

    We represented Aralez Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of the U.S. rights to beta-blocker Toprol-XL® from AstraZeneca. (2016) 

  • Riverstone Holdings LLC/Vantage Energy/Rice Energy

    We represented Riverstone Holdings LLC, one of the major investors in Vantage Energy, in the sale of Vantage Energy I and II to Rice Energy, Inc. for approximately $2.7 billion. (2016)

  • IK Investment Partners I@D Holding

    We represented IK Investment Partners in its acquisition, with Five Arrows Principal Investments, of I@D Holding, a platform for independent real estate agents in France. (2016)

  • Generation Investment Management/Unilever

    We represented Generation Investment Management, a Seventh Generation shareholder, in connection with Seventh Generation’s acquisition by Unilever. (2016)

  • Bregal Freshstream/Verwater

    We represented Bregal Freshstream in its acquisition of a majority stake in Verwater, a Dutch oilfield services company, from investment firm Infestos. (2016)

  • Bridge Growth Partners/Finalsite

    We represented Bridge Growth Partners, LLC in its acquisition of Finalsite, a leading SaaS-based learning and communications platform for U.S. and international schools. (2016) 

  • American Realty Capital – Retail Centers of America, Inc. (RCA)/American Finance Trust, Inc. (AFIN)

    We represented BMO Capital Markets, as financial advisor to the special committee of American Realty Capital – Retail Centers of America, Inc.’s (RCA’s) board of directors, in connection with RCA’s agreement to merge with American Finance Trust, Inc. (AFIN) in an approximately $1.4 billion deal creating a retail-focused REIT. (2016)

  • exocad GmbH/The Carlyle Group

    We represented the shareholders of exocad GmbH, an independent developer of dental software solutions, in the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group as well as certain shareholders on their reinvestment. (2016)

  • Aralez Pharmaceuticals/Merck

    We represented Aralez Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of the U.S. and Canadian rights to cardiovascular drug Zontivity from Merck. (2016) 

  • Hansen Medical/Auris Surgical Robots

    We advised funds owned by Oracle Management and other majority stockholders of Hansen Medical, Inc. in the acquisition of Hansen Medical by Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc., as well as the related re-investment by such stockholders of their proceeds into Auris. (2016)

  • Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company/National Indemnity Company

    We represented Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) in its acquisition by National Indemnity Company, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. (2016)

  • Inspired Gaming Group/Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp.

    We represented Inspired Gaming Group (as U.S. counsel) in its acquisition by Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp. from funds managed by Vitruvian Partners LLP and co-investors, a transaction reflecting a £200 million valuation of Inspired. (2016)

  • E2open/Orchestro

    We represented E2open, an Insight Venture Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of Orchestro, the leading provider of demand signal repositories and preemptive analytics for retail and omni-channel fulfillment. (2016)

  • Insight Venture Partners/WorkForce Software/Workplace

    We represented Insight Venture Partners and portfolio company WorkForce Software in WorkForce’s acquisition of Workplace. (2016)

  • Bregal Freshstream/Radley

    We represented Bregal Freshstream in its acquisition of iconic British handbag and accessories brand Radley. (2016)

  • Colony Capital/NorthStar

    We represented Colony Capital, Inc. in its $17 billion merger of equals with NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. to create Colony NorthStar, Inc., with $58 billion of assets under management. (2016)

  • LOGICnow/SolarWinds

    We represented LOGICnow in its acquisition by SolarWinds. (2016)

  • Genstar Capital/IHS Inc.

    We represented Genstar Capital in its acquisition of the Operational Excellence & Risk Management (OERM) business of IHS. (2016)

  • IK Investment Partners/Marle

    We represented IK Investment Partners in its agreement to acquire orthopedic implant manufacturing company Marle from The Carlyle Group. (2016)

  • Warburg Pincus/ACAMS

    We represented Warburg Pincus and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) in the $330 million sale of ACAMS to Becker Professional Education. (2016)

  • Asset International/Market Metrics, Matrix Solutions

    We represented Genstar Capital portfolio company Asset International in its acquisition of Market Metrics and Matrix Solutions from FactSet. (2016)

  • Palms Casino/Station Casinos/Red Rock Resorts

    We represented Palms Casino in its sale to Station Casinos, which is owned by Red Rock Resorts, Inc. (2016)

  • PAI Partners/Ethypharm

    We represented PAI Partners in its negotiations to acquire European specialty pharma company Ethypharm from Astorg. (2016)

  • Galil Medical/BTG

    We represented certain shareholders of cryotherapy company Galil Medical in its sale to BTG plc. (2016) 

  • PayScale/MarketPay

    We represented PayScale, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in its merger with MarketPay. (2016)

  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. /Kingstone Companies

    We represented RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in its acquisition of 595,238 common shares of Kingstone Companies, Inc. through a private placement. (2016)

  • Arkema/Calgon Carbon

    We represented Arkema in the sale of its activated carbon and filter aid business to Calgon Carbon. (2016)

  • Conga/Novatus, ActionGrid, CRMCulture

    We represented Conga, the leading provider of document and report generation solutions for Salesforce customers, in its acquisitions of Novatus, ActionGrid and CRMCulture. (2016)

  • Ardian/Gantner

    We represented Ardian in its acquisition of Gantner, the leading international manufacturer of contactless NFC access control, electronic locking and cashless payment applications for the global leisure industry. (2016)

  • Bridge Growth Partners/Solace Systems

    We represented Bridge Growth Partners, LLC in its acquisition of a majority interest in Solace Systems, Inc., a leading provider of infrastructure messaging technology. (2016) 

  • 3i/Amor Group/Gilde Buy Out Partners

    We represented 3i in its sale of Amor Group, the German market leader for affordable precious jewelry, to Gilde Buy Out Partners. (2016) 

  • Liberty Oilfield Services/Sanjel Corporation

    We represented Liberty Oilfield Services, a Riverstone Holdings portfolio company, in its acquisition of the U.S. fracturing, coiled tubing and cementing assets of Sanjel Corporation. (2016)

  • AssetMark, Inc./Huatai Securities

    We represented AssetMark, Inc. in its purchase by Huatai Securities from Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital, which was named “M&A Deal of the Year” at the 2017 IFLR Americas Awards. (2016) 

  • Aquiline Capital Partners/Simply Business

    We represented Aquiline Capital Partners in its agreement to acquire Simply Business, the UK’s biggest business insurance provider. (2016) 

  • Hudson’s Bay Company/HBS Global Properties

    We represented Hudson’s Bay Company, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other leading department stores, in the sale of $50 million of its equity in HBS Global Properties, HBC’s real estate joint venture with Simon Property Group, which follows an earlier sale of $533 million of equity in HBS. (2016) 

  • Mercer Advisors/Kanaly Holdings

    We represented Mercer Advisors, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, in its acquisition of Kanaly Holdings, creating one of the largest U.S. independent wealth managers. (2016) 

  • Captain Train/Trainline

    We represented Captain Train in its acquisition by KKR portfolio company Trainline, combining the #1 independent rail ticket retailers in the UK and Continental Europe. (2016)

  • Jagex Limited/Shanghai Hongtou Network Technology Co., Ltd.

    We represented Jagex Limited in its acquisition by Shanghai Hongtou Network Technology Co., Ltd. (2016)

  • G.E.T. Enterprises/Olympus Partners

    We represented the management team of G.E.T. Enterprises in connection with G.E.T.’s acquisition by Olympus Partners. (2016)

  • MetLife/MassMutual

    We represented MetLife in the sale of its national distribution sales force. (2016) 

  • Arbor Realty Trust/Arbor Commercial Mortgage

    We represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors for Arbor Realty Trust in connection with Arbor Realty Trust’s pending acquisition of Arbor Commercial Mortgage’s agency platform. (2016)

  • BB&T Corporation/Swett & Crawford

    We represented BB&T Corporation in its acquisition of Swett & Crawford from Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford for $500 million in cash. (2016)

  • Insight Venture Partners/Diligent

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its acquisition of New Zealand-based software company Diligent Corporation, a take-private transaction valued at approximately US$624 million. (2016)

  • Zenith Energy/BP

    We advised Zenith Energy, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, in its agreement to acquire a liquids storage terminal facility located in the port of Amsterdam from BP plc. (2016)

  • Ekkio/Q-Biologicals

    We represented Ekkio and its portfolio company, Amatsigroup, in the acquisition of Q-Biologicals, a leading provider of process development and biomanufacturing services. (2016)

  • Aquiline Capital Partners/Wellington Insurance Group

    We represented Aquiline Capital Partners in its majority investment in Wellington Insurance Group, an insurance risk distribution and financial services organization. (2016)

  • Hudson’s Bay Company/Gilt

    We represented Hudson’s Bay Company, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other leading department stores, in its $250 million acquisition of leading online shopping destination Gilt. (2016)

  • Victory Capital/RS Investments

    We represented Victory Capital in its agreement to acquire RS Investments from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. (2015)

  • CMA CGM/Neptune Orient Lines

    We advised CMA CGM Group in its agreement to acquire Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Southeast Asia’s largest container shipping company, from majority shareholder Temasek and affiliates. (2015)

  • Latour Capital/Syclef

    We represented Latour Capital in the acquisition, through its fund Latour Capital II, of a majority stake in Syclef, a major French player in the installation and maintenance of commercial and agri-food refrigeration systems. (2015)

  • Zurich Insurance Group/RCIS/Wells Fargo

    We represented Zurich Insurance Group in its agreement to acquire Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) from Wells Fargo for up to $1.05 billion. (2015)

  • Bloomberg L.P./ Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions

    We represented Bloomberg in its acquisition of Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions, a leading provider of benchmark and strategy indices, portfolio analytics, risk and attribution models, and portfolio construction tools. (2015)

  • Genstar Capital/Aquiline Capital Partners/Ascensus

    We represented Genstar Capital and Aquiline Capital Partners in their acquisition of Ascensus, the country’s largest independent service provider of retirement and college savings plans, from private investment firm J.C. Flowers & Co. (2015)

  • Bregal Freshstream/Lunch Garden

    We represented London-based private equity fund Bregal Freshstream in its acquisition of Belgian self-service restaurant chain Lunch Garden from a consortium of investors led by H2 Equity Partners. (2015)

  • RIEMSER Pharma/Intrapharm Laboratories

    We represented RIEMSER Pharma GmbH, a German specialty pharmaceutical company backed by Ardian, in its acquisition of British specialty pharmaceutical company Intrapharm Laboratories Ltd. (2015)

  • Centerbridge Partners/Superior Vision

    We represented Centerbridge Partners in its acquisition of Superior Vision Corporation, a leader in managed vision care, from Nautic Partners. (2015)

  • Seaport Capital/Net Access

    We represented Seaport Capital, owner of Net Access, in the sale of Net Access to Cologix. (2015)

  • Lime Rock/SDI Gas

    We represented Lime Rock in its LBO of SDI Gas, a Pennsylvania-based oilfield service company operating in the Marcellus and Utica Shales. (2015)

  • Allergan/Pfizer

    We represented Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Allergan in its agreement to combine with Pfizer for an enterprise value of approximately $160 billion. (2015)

  • Hudson’s Bay Company/HBS Global Properties

    We represented Hudson’s Bay Company, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other leading department stores, in the sale of $533 million of its equity in HBS Global Properties, HBC’s real estate joint venture with Simon Property Group. (2015)

  • RegionalCare Hospital Partners/Apollo Global Management

    We represented Warburg Pincus portfolio company RegionalCare Hospital Partners, an owner and operator of regional acute care facilities, in its agreement to be acquired by Apollo. (2015)

  • MedAssets, Inc./Pamplona Capital Management

    We advised MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement company, in its agreement to be acquired by Pamplona Capital Management for $2.7 billion. (2015) 

  • Dexter Axle Company/AL-KO VT

    We represented Dexter Axle Company, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, on its acquisition of AL-KO Vehicle Technology from AL-KO Kober SE. (2015)

  • Eurasia Drilling Company Limited (EDC)

    We are advising the Special Committee of the board of directors of EDC on the terms of a take-private transaction by management and certain core shareholders which valued EDC at approximately US$1.7 billion. (2015) 

  • IK Investment Partners/Solina/Ardian

    We represented IK Investment Partners in its negotiations to sell leading European food solutions provider Solina Group to Ardian Mid Cap Buyout. (2015)

  • The Sterling Group/Liqui-Box

    We represented The Sterling Group in its sale of Liqui-Box Corporation to funds managed by Olympus Partners. (2015) 

  • Riverstone/Proserv/Nautronix

    We represented Riverstone Holdings and its portfolio company, Proserv, in the acquisition of Nautronix. (2015) 

  • B&L Management Company/Blackstone/Fairstead

    We represented B&L Management Company in connection with the $690 million sale of 24 apartment buildings located in Chelsea and the Upper East Side in Manhattan to Blackstone and Fairstead. (2015)

  • Assurant, Inc./Sun Life Financial

    We represented Assurant in the $940 million sale of its employee benefits business to Sun Life Financial. (2015) 

  • OppenheimerFunds/VTL Associates

    We represented OppenheimerFunds in its acquisition of VTL Associates, which manages $1.7 billion for investors across eight exchange traded funds (ETFs) and its separate accounts. (2015)

  • Valtech Cardio/HeartWare

    We represented Valtech Cardio in its proposed acquisition by HeartWare. (2015) 

  • Westport/Fuel Systems Solutions

    We represented Westport in its merger with Fuel Systems Solutions to create a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company. (2015) 

  • Appriss/The Retail Equation

    We represented Appriss Inc., a leading provider of data, risk assessment and analytic solutions for government, health information and the consumer industries, in its acquisition of The Retail Equation, a provider of predictive analytics for retail businesses. (2015) 

  • WuXi/Management-Led LBO

    We represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of WuXi PharmaTech Inc. in its $3.3 billion management-led leveraged buyout, one of the largest going private transactions of a Chinese-based, U.S. listed company. (2015) 

  • Turner Broadcasting/Time Warner/iStreamPlanet

    We represented Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting, Inc. in Turner Broadcasting’s acquisition of iStreamPlanet. (2015) 

  • Fidelity National Information Services, Inc./SunGard

    We represented FIS, the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions, in its agreement to acquire SunGard, a leading financial software company, in a deal valued at $9.1 billion. (2015) 

  • Lagardère Travel Retail/Paradies

    We represented French airport shop operator Lagardère Travel Retail in its $530 million agreement to acquire Paradies, a leading airport travel retailer in North America, from private equity firm Freeman Spogli & Co, the Paradies family and other shareholders, creating the second-largest travel retailer in North America. (2015) 

  • Bridge Growth Partners/CRGT/Salient

    We represented Bridge Growth Partners, LLC and CRGT, a full life‐cycle IT services provider for the Federal Government, in the merger of CRGT and Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. (2015)

  • Cowen Group/Conifer Securities

    We represented Cowen Group, Inc. in its agreement to acquire Conifer Securities, LLC, the prime services division of Conifer Financial Services LLC. (2015)

  • Mueller Industries/Atlas Holdings/Tecumseh Products

    We represented Mueller Industries, Inc. and Atlas Holdings LLC in an agreement to acquire Tecumseh Products Company for approximately $123 million. (2015)

  • Aberdeen/Arden Asset Management

    We represented London-based Aberdeen Asset Management PLC in its agreement to acquire hedge fund solutions provider Arden Asset Management LLC. (2015)

  • Insight Venture Partners/Fenergo

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its $75 million investment in Fenergo, a Dublin-based leader in Client Lifecycle Management software solutions for financial institutions. (2015)

  • The Sterling Group/Safe Fleet/Hadley’s Transit Mirror

    We represented Safe Fleet, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, in its acquisition of the transit mirror product line for buses, shuttles and coaches from Hadley. (2015)

  • Cowen Group/Concept Capital Markets

    We represented Cowen Group, Inc. in its agreement to acquire Concept Capital Markets, LLC, a leading independent provider of prime brokerage services. (2015)

  • FFL/C.H.I. Overhead/KKR

    We represented San Francisco-based private equity firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe LLC in the sale of C.H.I. Overhead Doors, a North American manufacturer of residential and commercial garage doors, to global private equity from KKR. (2015)

  • Vatera/CVC/Alvogen

    We represented Vatera Healthcare Partners as part of the investment consortium led by CVC Capital Partners in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, a high-growth pharmaceutical company, from Pamplona Capital Management. (2015)

  • Hudson’s Bay Company/Galeria Kaufhof

    We represented Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and other leading department stores, in its €2.82 billion cross-border deal to acquire German department store chain Galeria Kaufhof, Galeria Inno (Belgian subsidiary) and Sportarena from METRO AG. (2015) 

  • IK Investment Partners/Cérélia Group

    We advised IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Cérélia Group, a leading European manufacturer of ready-to-bake chilled dough products. (2015) 

  • HCC Insurance Holdings/Tokio Marine Holdings

    We represented HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. in its $7.5 billion acquisition by Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. (2015)

  • LenderLive/Walz Group

    We represented mortgage services provider LenderLive Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, in its acquisition of Walz Group LLC, a leading provider of regulatory compliance solutions, full-cycle critical document fulfillment and Certified Mail Automation. (2015)

  • Aberdeen/FLAG Capital Management

    We represented London-based Aberdeen Asset Management PLC in its agreement to acquire FLAG Capital Management, LLC, a manager of private equity and real asset solutions. (2015) 

  • GrafTech International Ltd./Brookfield Asset Management

    We represented GrafTech International, a leading graphite materials producer,  in its agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. , a global alternative asset manager, for approximately $700 million. (2015)

  • Macquarie Group/Advantage Funding

    We represented Macquarie Group Limited in its deal to acquire Advantage Funding Management Co., Inc., a  leading commercial vehicle finance firm, from Marubeni Group. (2015) 

  • HealthcareSource/Francisco Partners/Insight Venture Partners

    We represented HealthcareSource, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, in its agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners. Insight Venture Partners was the majority owner of HealthcareSource. (2015)

  • Pan-American Life Insurance Group/Mutual Trust Financial Group

    We advised Pan-American in its merger with Mutual Trust Financial Group. (2015) 

  • Credit Suisse Securities/Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.

    We represented Credit Suisse Securities as financial advisor to Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd., a premier provider of global property and casualty reinsurance and insurance products, in Montpelier’s $1.8 billion agreement to be acquired by Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (2015)

  • Centerview Partners/Salix Pharmaceuticals

    We represented Centerview Partners as financial advisor to Salix Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the gastrointestinal market, in its agreement to be acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $173 per share or a total enterprise value of approximately $15.8 billion. (2015)

  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd./ Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

    We represented RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in the acquisition of Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. for total consideration of approximately $1.9 billion. (2015) 

  • Hennessy Capital Acquisitions/School Bus Holdings

    We represented BMO Capital Markets, as financial advisor to Hennessy Capital Acquisitions Corp. in its $255 million acquisition of School Bus Holdings, Inc., an indirect parent company of Blue Bird Corporation, from funds affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management. (2015) 

  • The Sterling Group/Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.

    We represented Safe Fleet, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, a Houston-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc., the industry's leading manufacturer of innovative firefighting and fire protection equipment. (2015) 

  • Hudson’s Bay Company/Simon Property Group

    We represented Hudson’s Bay Company, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other leading department stores, in an agreement to form a real estate-focused joint venture with Simon Property Group, valued at $1.8 billion. (2015) 

  • CapStreet Group/Keais Records Service, LLC

    We represented CapStreet Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in Keais Records Service, LLC, a leading medical records processor. (2015)

  • GFI Group/ BGC Partners

    We represented GFI Group in its $778 million sale to BGC Partners. GFI Group Inc. is a leading intermediary and provider of trading technologies and support services to the global OTC and listed markets. (2015)

  • Ekkio Capital/Audevard

    We represented Ekkio Capital in its acquisition of Audevard, a veterinary pharmaceutical company focused on the equine field. (2015) 

  • Insight Venture Partners/E2open

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in its $273 million acquisition of E2open, a leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand software solutions. (2015) 

  • Shutterstock / Rex Features and PremiumBeat

    We represented Shutterstock, Inc. in two transactions announced the same day, the agreement to acquire Rex Features, the largest independently owned photographic press agency in Europe, and the agreement to acquire PremiumBeat, a leading provider of exclusive, high-quality music and sound effects for use in videos, films, television, apps, games, and other creative projects. (2015) 

  • The Carlyle Group/AxleTech International

    We represented The Carlyle Group on the French aspects of its reacquisition of U.S. and French military axle supplier AxleTech International from General Dynamics Corp. about six years after selling the group to the aerospace and defense company. (2015)

  • Aquiline Capital Partners/LenderLive

    We represented Aquiline Capital Partners in its acquisition of mortgage services provider LenderLive Holdings, Inc. (2015) 

  • Wendel/Constantia Flexibles

    We represented Paris-listed private equity firm Wendel in its acquisition of a majority interest in Constantia Flexibles, one of the world leaders in flexible packaging, in a deal valuing Constantia Flexibles at €2.3 billion.  (2014) 

  • Radian Guaranty/ Assured Guaranty

    We represented Radian Guaranty Inc., the mortgage insurance subsidiary of Radian Group Inc., in its agreement to sell 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Radian Asset Assurance Inc. to Assured Guaranty Corp., a subsidiary of Assured Guaranty Ltd. (2014) 

  • The Pantry, Inc./Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

    We represented The Pantry, Inc., operator of more than 1,500 convenience stores in the southeastern United States including the Kangaroo Express® chain, in an agreement to be acquired by Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including debt assumed. (2014)

  • Technip/Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany

    We represented global energy industry project management, engineering and construction company Technip in its acquisition of Zimmer polymer technology business from Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany. (2014)

  • Victory Capital Management/Compass EMP

    We represented Victory Capital, a Cincinnati-based multi-boutique asset management firm, in its acquisition of Compass Efficient Model Portfolios, LLC.  Compass EMP, based in Brentwood, TN, has developed a smart beta investment approach that combines fundamental criteria with volatility weighting to improve an investor’s ability to outperform traditional indexing strategies. (2014) 

  • Colony Financial/Cobalt Capital

    We represented real estate investment and finance company Colony Financial, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Cobalt Capital Partners and its highly diversified portfolio of 256 primarily light industrial assets. (2014)

  • SourceHOV/BancTec Group

    We represented HandsOn Global Management (HGM), as controlling shareholder, in the merger of SourceHOV and BancTec Group, a deal that created a global leader in transaction processing solutions. (2014) 

  • Metalogix/Permira Funds

    We represented management software company Metalogix in its acquisition by Permira Funds. (2014) 

  • Tornier N.V./Wright Medical Group

    We represented Tornier N.V., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of joint replacement devices, in its $3.3 billion merger with Wright Medical Group, Inc. (2014)

  • Riverstone Holdings/Proserv Group

    We represented Riverstone Holdings LLC in its acquisition of Proserv Group Inc., a global engineered products and services business focused on the offshore and subsea markets, from private equity firm Intervale Capital. (2014)

  • Auxilium/Endo International

    We represented Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, in its $2.6 billion acquisition by Endo International plc for a combination of cash and stock. (2014) 

  • Clear2Pay/FIS

    We represented Brussels-based Clear2Pay, the international technology provider of next generation payment solutions for financial institutions, in its €375 million (approximately $493 million) acquisition by FIS, the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions and a global leader in consulting and outsourcing solutions. Clear2Pay employs over 1,200 staff in 15 countries and services 40 of the 50 largest global financial institutions. (2014) 

  • Santa Barbara Tax Products Group/Green Dot Corporation

    We represented Santa Barbara Tax Products Group (TPG), the nation’s largest consumer tax refund transaction processor, in its acquisition by Green Dot Corporation for $320 million in cash and stock plus up to $80 million in potential contingent consideration. (2014) 

  • Excel Maritime Carriers/Star Bulk Carriers

    We represented the Transaction Committee of the Excel Board of Directors in sale of 34 vessels to Star Bulk Carriers for $288 million and 29.9 million shares of Star Bulk Carriers stock, valued in the aggregate at $634.91 million. Represented Angelo Gordon & Co in a $231 million secured bridge loan facility to Star Bulk Carriers. (2014)

  • Celsia/GDF Suez

    We represented Celsia SA, Colombia’s fourth-largest power producer, in its $840 million acquisition of stakes in seven power plants in Panama and Costa Rica from GDF Suez. (2014)

  • New Breed/XPO Logistics

    We represented New Breed Holding Company, the preeminent U.S. provider of non-asset based, complex, technology-enabled contract logistics for corporate clients, in its $615 million acquisition by XPO Logistics, Inc. Based in  High Point, N.C., New Breed operates 71 facilities and employs approximately 6,800 people. (2014)

  • ASM/Apax Partners/Leonard Green/CVC

    We represented management of Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC (ASM) in Apax Partners’ sale of a majority stake in ASM to affiliates of private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. (2014)

  • Star Bulk/Oceanbulk/Monarch

    We represented Monarch Alternative Capital LP, a significant shareholder of Star Bulk Carriers Corp,. in Star Bulk’s deal to acquire Oceanbulk Shipping LLC and Oceanbulk Carriers LLC, creating the largest U.S.-listed dry bulk company. (2014)

  • Level 3/tw telecom

    We represented Level 3 Communications, Inc. in its acquisition of tw telecom in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at approximately $7.3. billion. (2014)

  • Dai-ichi Life/Protective Life

    We represented Tokyo-based Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, the second largest private life insurance company in Japan and one of the top 20 global life insurers, in its $5.7 billion acquisition of Birmingham, Alabama-based Protective Life Corporation. (2014)

  • iParadigms/Insight/CIG/Warburg Pincus

    We represented iParadigms, a California-based anti-plagiarism software company, in its $752 million sale to Insight Venture partners and GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, from majority owner Warburg Pincus. (2014)

  • 3i/Hilite International/AVIC Electromechanical Systems

    We represented 3i in its €473 million sale of Hilite International, a leading global supplier of highly engineered automotive engine and transmission components, to AVIC Electromechanical Systems, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in China. (2014)

  • GFI Software/TeamViewer/Permira

    We represented GFI Software in its sale of TeamViewer, a leading global provider of secure remote support software and online meetings, to Permira, one of Europe’s largest private equity funds. (2014)

  • PAI Partners/Euro Media Group

    We represented PAI Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in EMG, Europe’s leading provider of audiovisual facilities and services. (2014)

  • Victory Capital Management/Munder Capital Management

    We represented Victory Capital Management Inc. in its acquisition of Munder Capital Management.  The deal created a new independent investment advisory firm, with over $37 billion of assets under management and a diversified lineup of investment offerings. (2014)

  • American Express/Macquarie Capital

    We represented Macquarie Capital as part of an investor group in the $900 million investment into the joint venture for American Express’ Global Business Travel division, in exchange for 50% ownership. (2014)

  • Thales Group/LiveTV/JetBlue

    We represented Thales Group in its $400 million acquisition of LiveTV, the leading provider of live in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems for commercial airlines, from JetBlue Airways. (2014)

  • Men's Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank

    We represented The Men's Wearhouse in its agreement to acquire men’s retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. for $1.8 billion.  The deal, which ended  a six-month merger battle, results in a combined company that will have more than 1,700 stores in the U.S., with approximately 26,000 employees. (2014)

  • Safeway/Albertsons

    We represented Colony Financial, Inc. as one of the equity investors in the $9 billion acquisition of Safeway, Inc. by AB Acquisition LLC, a merger of two of the country’s largest grocery store chains. (2014)

  • Comcast/Time Warner Cable

    We represented Comcast Corporation on FCC regulatory aspects of its approximately $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable Inc., in a stock-for-stock transaction. (2014)

  • Liberty Resources II/Riverstone/Bakken Assets

    We represented Denver-based oil and gas company Liberty Resources II LLC and private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC in Liberty II’s $455 million acquisition of oil and gas assets in North Dakota's Williston Basin. (2014)

  • JHP/Warburg Pincus/Par Pharmaceutical

    We represented Warburg Pincus and its portfolio company JHP Pharmaceuticals in the approximately $490 million sale of JHP to Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (2014)

  • The Wright Insurance Group/Brown & Brown

    We represented The Wright Insurance Group, LLC in its $602.5 million acquisition by Brown & Brown, Inc. The deal provides Brown & Brown with a substantial presence in the national flood insurance program. (2014) 

  • Impala group/CPI

    We represented Impala group in its €21m acquisition and restructuring of printing firm CPI. (2014)

  • Clovis Oncology/EOS

    We represented Clovis Oncology, Inc. in its acquisition of Italy-based EOS (Ethical Oncology Science) S.p.A., a privately held Italian biopharmaceutical company developing a novel targeted therapy to treat cancer. Clovis Oncology, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing innovative anticancer agents in the U.S., Europe and additional international markets. (2013)

  • Scout 24

    We represented Scout24 Holding GmbH in Deutsche Telekom AG’s $2 billion sale of a 70 percent stake in the company to Hellman & Friedman LLC. (2013)

  • Brookfield/GGP

    We represented Brookfield Property Partners L.P. in its $1.4 billion acquisition of additional shares and warrants of General Growth Properties, Inc., increasing its fully-diluted ownership interest in GGP to 32%. (2013)

  • Stryker/MAKO

    We represented Citigroup Inc., financial adviser to medical device maker Stryker Corporation, in Stryker’s $1.65 billion acquisition of MAKO Surgical Corp. (2013)

  • Rockwood Holdings/Huntsman Corp.

    We represented leading global specialty chemicals company Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in the $1.325 billion sale of its titanium dioxide pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman Corporation. (2013)

  • Homesite Group/American Family

    We represented direct homeowners insurer Homesite Group, Inc. in its $616 million sale to American Family Insurance. Homesite is a leader in direct-to-consumer homeowners, renters and condominium insurance, using the internet, call centers and technology-enabled platform solutions. (2013)

  • Rockwood Holdings/ALTANA Group

    We represented Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in the $635 million sale of its rheology business to ALTANA Group.  ALTANA Group, which employs 340 people at four production sites in the U.S., Germany and the U.K., produces clay-based additives that are used to modify the flow characteristics of various materials. (2013)

  • Hudsons Bay/Saks Incorporated

    We represented Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay in its $2.9 billion cross-border acquisition of iconic U.S. luxury retailer Saks Incorporated.  Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670 and purchased by NRDC Equity Partners in 2008, is the operator of Hudson's Bay, Canada's largest department store with 90 locations, and U.S. retailer Lord & Taylor. (2013)

  • Men's Wearhouse/Joseph Abboud

    We represented Men's Wearhouse in its acquisition of JA Holding, Inc., the parent company of iconic American clothing brand Joseph Abboud®.  Joseph Abboud branded products are available in department stores and specialty stores throughout the United States and more than fifty countries worldwide.  Founded in 1973, Men's Wearhouse is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of men's apparel with 1,141 stores. (2013)

  • Ion/Triple Point

    We represented Dublin-based Ion Investment Group Limited, owners of Ion Trading Technologies and Wall Street Systems, in the acquisition of Westport, CT-based software company Triple Point Technology Inc. (2013)

  • CMI/Warburg Pincus/Roche

    We represented Constitutional Medical Inc. and Warburg Pincus in the sale of CMI to Roche Diagnostics. (2013)

  • Rockwood/CeramTec/Cinven

    We represented Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in its $1.98 billion sale of CeramTec, its advanced ceramics business, to European private equity firm Cinven. (2013)

  • Pearl Therapeutics/AstraZeneca

    We represented Pearl Therapeutics, a Redwood City, California-based private company developing inhaled combination therapies for the treatment of respiratory diseases, in its $1.15 billion sale to AstraZeneca. (2013)

  • Liberty Resources/Kodiak

    We represented Liberty Resources LLC, a Denver-based private oil and gas company, in its $660 million asset sale to oil and gas explorer Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (2013)

  • AREA Property/Ares Management

    We represented AREA Property Partners, L.P., a leading real estate management firm investing across North America, Europe and India, in its acquisition by Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager and SEC registered investment adviser. (2013)

  • BMC Software/Insight Venture Partners

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in the $6.9 Billion consortium acquisition of BMC Software. (2013)

  • Auxilium/Actient

    We represented Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, in its acquisition of private urology specialty therapeutics company Actient Holdings LLC, for a total enterprise value of up to $657 million. (2013)

  • Protective/MONY/AXA

    We represented Protective Life Corporation in its $1.06 billion acquisition of MONY Life Insurance Company and the reinsurance of certain business of MONY Life Insurance Company of America from affiliates of AXA S.A. (2013)

  • American Greetings/Founding Family

    We represented Peter J. Solomon Company, financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of card maker American Greetings Corporation, in the pending $878 million buyout of the company by its founding family and related persons and entities. (2013)

  • Aquiline/Genstar/Genworth

    We represented Aquiline Capital Partners LLC and Genstar Capital LLC in their agreement to acquire Genworth Financial Inc.’s Wealth Management business for $412.5 million.  The acquisition includes both of Genworth’s Wealth Management businesses: Genworth Financial Wealth Management, an investment management and consulting platform, and Altegris, a provider of premier alternative investments. (2013)

  • Aberdeen Asset Management/Artio Global

    We represented Aberdeen Asset Management PLC in its $175 million acquisition of Artio Global Investors Inc. (2013)

  • H.J. Heinz/Berkshire Hathaway/3G Capital

    We represented BofA Merrill Lynch, financial advisors to H.J. Heinz Company, in the $28 billion acquisition of the iconic maker of ketchup and other food products by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. (2013)

  • Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd./Sun Pharma

    We represented the Special Committee of Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s Board of Directors in connection with the mutually agreed upon termination of the previously announced buyout agreement with majority shareholder Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.  Based in Israel, Taro is a multinational, science-based pharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, manufacturing and marketing healthcare products.  India-based Sun Pharma is an international, integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company. (2013)

  • Comcast Corporation/NBC Universal

    We represented Comcast on FCC regulatory matters in connection with its $13.75 billion joint venture with General Electric to create NBCUniversal, LLC, announced in 2009, and on its subsequent $16.7 billion deal to acquire the remaining 49% common equity stake in the joint venture from GE. (2013)

  • Aviva plc/Aviva USA/Athene Holding

    We represented Aviva plc in its $1.8 billion sale of Aviva USA Corporation, its U.S. life and annuities business and related asset management operations, to Athene Holding Ltd, a life insurance holding subsidiary of Apollo Global Management LLC. The sale was the largest M&A transaction in the life insurance industry in 2012. (2012)

  • FSV Payment Systems/U.S. Bank

    We represented FSV Payment Systems, a Florida-based prepaid card processing company, in the closing of its sale to U.S. Bank, the fifth largest U.S. commercial bank. (2012)

  • PAI Partners/IPH

    We advised PAI Partners in its agreement to acquire IPH, the French leader in industrial supply distribution, from Investcorp.  The acquisition will allow IPH to pursue its market consolidation strategy in France, as well as in other parts of Europe. (2012)

  • Scotsman/ALI Group/Warburg Pincus

    We represented Scotsman Industries, the world’s largest commercial ice machine company, in its acquisition by ALI Group, a Milan, Italy-based diversified food service equipment manufacturer, from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus. (2012)

  • Turner Broadcasting/Bleacher Report

    We represented Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in its acquisition of Bleacher Report (B/R), one of the fastest growing sports media websites in the United States. (2012)

  • OppenheimerFunds/SteelPath

    We represented OppenheimerFunds, Inc., one of the nation's largest and most respected investment management companies, in its agreement to purchase SteelPath Capital Management and SteelPath Fund Advisors (SteelPath), a leading energy infrastructure investments company focused on the Master Limited Partnership (MLP) sector.  With approximately $2.6 billion in assets under management (as of June 30, 2012), Dallas, TX-based SteelPath offers MLP-focused mutual funds as well as privately available products.  OppenheimerFunds, including subsidiaries, manages more than $176 billion in assets (also as of June 30, 2012). (2012)

  • Loral Space/MDA

    We represented Loral Space & Communications Inc. in its agreement to sell wholly owned subsidiary Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), Loral’s satellite manufacturing unit, to Canada-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., in a deal with a total enterprise value of over $1 billion.  Headquartered in New York City, Loral is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications. (2012)

  • Folhamatic Group/Sage Group plc

    We represented Folhamatic Group, a leading Brazil-based tax and accounting software company, in UK-based Sage Group plc’s agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Folhamatic. (2012)

  • Kenneth Cole/Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.

    We represented fashion designer Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.,  in his acquisition of the company, a going-private transaction with a total enterprise value of  approximately $245 million. This deal created New York law relating to the standard of care for going-private transactions. (2012)

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Inc./Cost Plus, Inc.

    We represented Peter J. Solomon Company, financial advisor to discount home furnishing chain Cost Plus, in the $495 million acquisition of Cost Plus by home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond. (2012)

  • AlixPartners LLP/CVC Capital Partners

    We represented AlixPartners’ founder Jay Alix in the recapitalization of AlixPartners LLP, whereby funds affiliated with CVC Capital Partners agreed to acquire a majority stake in the global business advisory firm. (2012)

  • Ariel Re/Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group

    We represented Ariel Holdings Ltd. and Ariel Reinsurance Company, Ltd. (Ariel Re) in the sale of Ariel Re’s insurance and reinsurance operations to an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group.  As a result of this transaction, Ariel Re’s existing business is now reinsured by Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group’s Lloyd’s syndicate, Arrow 1910, and the majority of Ariel Re’s Bermuda-based staff has transferred to the combined organization.  Ariel Holdings Ltd. is owned by a consortium of private equity groups. (2012)

  • AboveNet Inc./Zayo Group LLC

    We served as legal counsel to AboveNet in AboveNet's acquisition for approximately $2.2 billion by Zayo, a privately owned national provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and interconnection services. (2012)

  • Insight Venture Partners/Quest Software

    We represented Insight Venture Partners in the $2 billion buyout agreement to take Quest Software, Inc. private. (2012)

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