Acquisition finance update

A slew of major acquisition finance deals closed in November.

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) clients had a number of successful auctions: Jackie Evans advised JPMorgan, Citibank and Bank of America on the £1.27bn financing of Lion Capital and Blackstone’s acquisition of Cadbury Schweppes’ European drinks business, while Andrew Bamber advised Barclays, Citibank and Royal Bank of Scotland on Robert Tchenguiz’s and Apax’s bid for Somerfield. New leveraged finance head Tim Polglase found himself facing his former partner Tony Keal on the Selenia deal. Keal kept the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts side, while Polglase acted for Mizuho and HVB.

At Clifford Chance, November was a monster month, with the emphasis less on private equity and more on corporates. Alan Inglis snuck in behind Malcolm Sweeting to get the Goldman Sachs mandate on the Telefonica takeover of O2 and followed it up with a role on the hedge fund-led Peacock. Sweeting reclaimed pole position on Goldman for the financing of Apax’s acquisition of Iberian bakery business Panrico.

Linklaters had a good run of it in November, closing the financing of Punch Taverns’ £2.7bn acquisition of Spirit. Phil Spittall and Stephen Lucas advised Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland and Morgan Stanley
Auction of the month was the Apax-led consortium’s buy of telecoms company TDC. Linklaters partner Gideon Moore advised Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan on the senior and high-yield financing of the €10.2m (£6.9m) bid.