Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by corporate partner Sundeep Kapila, advised Deutsche Bank on the sale, via auction, of Deutsche Asset Management to Aberdeen Asset Management for £265m. Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens and Dechert advised Aberdeen on English and US law respectively. Aberdeen will finance the acquisition through a rights issue. The deal is subject to regulatory approval of Deutsche Bank's supervisory board and Aberdeen's shareholders. Rosenblatt Solicitors, led by corporate partner Elizabeth Larkins, has advised Nimax on its purchase of four theatres from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group for £11.3m. The firm was put on the deal having previously worked for Nimax's owner Max Weitzenhoffer. The four theatres were The Apollo, The Duchess, The Garrick and The Lyric.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are putting the finishing touches to the $7bn (£3.95bn) merger of two market research companies, VNU and IMS Health. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (11 July), the firms advised VNU on a deal that sees IMS Health shareholders receive $11.25 (£6.36) per share in cash and 0.60415 VNU shares for each IMS Health share. De Brauw, which advised on Dutch law aspects, is the regular counsel for VNU. Recent instructions include the sale of VNU's directories business last year. Simpson, here providing advice on US law, also worked on that deal, advising VNU World Directories. The De Brauw team was led by corporate partners Arne Grimme and Jaap Winter, while the Simpson team was headed by partner John Finley. Sullivan & Cromwell advised IMS.