Corporate deals round-up

Berwin Leighton Paisner

(Simon Pollock) advised Supercart on its admission to AIM. The float raised £4m for the supermarket trolley company. Lawrence Graham (Hugh Maule) advised the nominated adviser to the float, Charles Stanley & Co.

Mundays (Peter Munday) advised Alliance UniChem and retail subsidiary E Moss on the acquisition of WEP Limited and WEP (Fortrose), the retail pharmacy companies in Scotland. Burness (Tamar Tammes) acted on the property aspects, with Burnett & Reid advising the vendor shareholders.

Howes Percival (Gerald Couldrake) represented majority shareholder Roger Broadley and the management team on the sale of Walter-Broadley Machines to Tennant UK. Faegre Benson Hobson Audley (Melanie Wadsworth) advised Tennant

Salans (Graham Stedman) acted for Russian entertainment fund Cube Private Equity on its $40m (£31.4m) investment into InvestKino Project, the Russian movie theatre group. InvestKino Project was advised in-house.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (Scott Simpson, Pierre Servan-Schreiber) is representing Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Rothschild as financial advisers to Aventis in its defence against a hostile takeover bid from Sanofi-Synthelabo. The deal is valued at around $60bn (£32bn). Bredin Prat and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising Aventis, while Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Linklaters and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz are representing Sanofi.

Clifford Chance (Daniel Kossoff) acted for Wembley on MGM Mirage’s £270m offer for its entire issued share capital. Linklaters (Roger Barron) advised MGM Mirage on the deal.

Lewis Silkin (Geoffrey Davies) advised The Church Schools Company charity on its acquisition of Hull Grammar School from Nord Anglia Education Group. The school will be merged with Church School Company’s existing school The Hull High School in September 2005. Addleshaw Goddard (Richard Fleetwood) advised the vendor, Nord.