Herbert Smith (Michael Walter, Philip Talboys) advised KPMG on the e657m (£424.2m) sale of its UK consulting business to Atos Origin of France. Sullivan & Cromwell also advised KPMG. Atos Origin was advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris partner Jean-Michel Tron).
Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Scott Barraclough) advised financial services group Provident Financial on its £27m disposal of the entire issued share capital of UK motor insurance broker Colonnade Insurance Brokers to Swinton Group. Swinton advised by Eversheds (Patrick Rawnlsey).
CMS Cameron McKenna (Peter Smith) advised Oxus Mining, the AIM-traded gold mining exploration company, on a £5m placing and open offer. The offer is intended to part finance a gold mining project in Amantaytau in Uzbekistan.
Kennedys (James Shaw, Roger Dubbins) advised Bank of Ireland subsidiary First Rate Enterprises on a joint venture with the Post Office. The joint venture company First Rate Travel Services will supply foreign currency and travel services through Post Office branches. The Post Office was advised by CMS Cameron McKenna.
Allen & Overy (Roberto Donnini, Andrew Paton, Isabella Toth) advised Canadian Pacific Ships on the $39m (£26.7m) acquisition of Italia di Navigazione and its four maritime agencies from Gruppo D'Amico. Gruppo D'Amico represented by Ughi e Nunziante.
Nicholson Graham & Jones (Owen Waft) advised Sky Capital Holdings on its £3.7m admission to AIM. Grant Thornton, Sky Capital's financial adviser, was advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse (Anthony Brockbank).