Davis Polk & Wardwell (Margaret Tahyar, Marlene Alva, Lydia Kess, Michael Mollerus, Michael Faber, Nora Jordan) advised Lehman Brothers as sole underwriter of a $425m (£296.25m) offering for $90m (£62.73m) of floating rate non-cumulative preferred securities, and $335m (£233.51m) of 6.302 per cent non-cumulative preferred securities, on behalf of SG Preferred Capital II, an indirectly-held subsidiary of Société Générale. Sullivan & Cromwell advised SG Preferred Capital II.
Ashurst Morris Crisp (Michael Robins) acted for Beeson Gregory Limited in connection with Dwyka Diamonds' listing on AIM in a placing which was worth £3.5m. Nabarro Nathanson advised Dwyka Diamonds on UK law, Clayton Utz advised on Australian law, and Werksmans Attorneys advised on South African law.
Eversheds (Helen Ridge) advised Berry Birch & Noble on the proposed acquisition by way of a reverse takeover of Berkeley Financial Services Group for a consideration of £47.75m. The boards agreed the terms of a conditional share offer to be made by Brewin Dolphin Securities on behalf of Berry Birch & Noble. This is the first reverse takeover since the implementation of the new regime under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.