Acquisition finance update

Allen & Overy‘s chunkiest deal of the summer was France’s largest-ever leveraged buyout, in which partner Stephen Kensell advised Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on the acquisition by KKR and Goldman Sachs Private Equity of Pages Jaunes. Meanwhile, Andrew Bamber had a busy summer, advising the Glazer family on the £575m senior and second-lien refinancing for Manchester United FC, Baugur on its £351m acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in House of Fraser and Mitchells & Butlers on its £497m acquisition of 236 freehold pubs from Whitbread.

Clifford Chance, led by banking head Mark Campbell, found itself on the other side of the table of longtime private equity client Permira when it acted for Barclays Capital and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on the OpCo/PropCo financing for the £1bn acquisition of Macarthy and Stone.

Over at Ashurst, partner Martyn Rogers found himself on the deal sheet with the £573m facilities for RBS and Barclays Capital on Dubai Investment Capital’s secondary buyout of Travelodge, plus the £515m financing by Bank of Scotland on GI Partners’ pub portfolio acquisition from Punch Taverns.

Meanwhile, at Linklaters partner Stuart Thomas advised Babcock & Brown Capital on the E2.4bn (£1.63bn) acquisition of Eircom Group, which included E3.65bn (£2.48bn) senior and second-lien facilities and E350m (£237.43m) floating-rate notes.