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Herbert Smith (Stephen Wilkinson) advised Biffa Waste, a subsidiary of Severn Trent, in the acquisition of Hales Waste Control and RMC Environmental from RMC for £141m. Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe also represented Biffa Waste, with Wragge & Co acting for Hales Waste Control and RMC.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Michael Kennedy) and Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners (Filippo Troisi) represented US biotech group Cell Therapeutics in its acquisition of Novuspharma for $236m (£140.9m). Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Chiomenti advised Novuspharma. Cuatrecasas (Enric Picanyol, Cani Fernandez) advised Enel in the purchase of an 80 per cent stake of Union Fenosa Energias Especiales from Union Fenosa for e168m (£116m) in cash. Gomez-Acebo & Pombo acted for Union Fenosa Energias Especiales.
Baker & McKenzie (Philip Stamamatakos) acted for Findwhat.com on the purchase of its UK counterpart Espotting Media for $163m (£97.3m). Fulbright & Jaworski represented Espotting Media.
Kirkland & Ellis (John Schoenfeld) represented Dura Automotive Systems on its purchase of the Creation Group from Heywood Williams for $60m (£35.8m). Creation Group and Heywood Williams advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Gide Loyrette Nouel (Hughes Scalbert) advised French textile company SIPDT in its acquisition of a 63.1 per cent stake in Aigle from Apax Partners for e51.50 (£35.60) per share, valuing the firm at e78m (£53.9m). Ginestie Paley Vincent & Associes acted for Aigle and Apax Partners.
Hammonds (Jonathan Jones) represented Sand Aire Private Equity in the £16.1m backing of Supreme Imports Wholesale's management buyout. Lloyds TSB Acquisition Finance provided the debt funding. Beechcroft Wansbroughs advised the management team, with Addleshaw Goddard acting for Lloyds TSB Acquisition Finance. Pinsents and Latimer Lee advised Supreme Imports Wholesale.
Macfarlanes (Ian Martin) acted for UK nursery school company Just Learning, which is controlled by Alchemy Partners, on its acquisition of CareShare from 3i Group for £17.3m. Maclay Murray & Spens represented CareShare and 3i Group. contacts