The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
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Clifford Chance (David Lewis) acted for Luxembourg steel producer Arcelor on acquiring a 33.75 per cent stake in Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão worth $579m (£311.8m), increasing Arcelor’s overall holding in the company to 62 per cent. Vieira Rezende Barbosa e Guerreiros acted for Companhia Siderúrgica.
Travers Smith Braithwaite (Chris Hale) and CMS Cameron McKenna (Andrew Sheach) acted for Hermes Private Equity in backing the management group of OyezStraker Group in a buyout from Bridgewell Corporate Finance. Pinsents (Roger Fink) represented OyezStraker on the £80m deal.
Nabarro Nathanson (Belinda Solomon) represented UK automotive services group Inchcape on its purchase of Southwell Motor Co and its subsidiary Leadley for £18m, including £3m of assumed debt. Russell-Cooke (Jonathan Thornton) acted for Southwell.
Herbert Smith (Philip Talboys) advised lastminute.com on its acquisition of German online travel group lastminute.de for e46.7m (£31.1m), consisting of both cash and shares. SJ Berwin (Michael Roos) acted for lastminute.de.
Linklaters (Thierry Vassogne) represented French software supplier Cegid in a €57.3m (£38.2m) acquisition of CCMX Holding from Apax Partners and Eurazeo. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Bernard Grinspan) acted for CCMX.
Heatons (David Beech) represented Oasis Stores on a £120m cash and paper takeover of UK womenswear retailer Karen Millen. Following the deal Karen Millen shareholders will hold 25 per cent of the combined group. Fox Williams (Tina Williams) advised Karen Millen
Eversheds (Troels Askerund) advised Swedish life insurer SEB Trygg Liv Holding on its DKr2.7bn (£242.1m) acquisition of Danish life and pensions provider Codan Liv & Pension. Gorrissen Federspiel Kierkegaard acted for Codan Liv.