Linklaters (John Tucker) advised JP Morgan as lead arranger and joint bookrunner on the $2bn (£1.4bn) debt funding for Swiss group Xstrata's acquisition of Australian and South African coal business Glencore International for $2.5bn (£1.75bn). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Xstrata. Allen & Overy advised Glencore.
Denton Wilde Sapte (Sarah Coucher) advised Coutts & Co and the Royal Bank of Scotland on the £40m management buyout of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Slaughter and May (Robert Stern) advised Thames Water Utilities Finance on a series of £175m index-linked notes under its $4bn (£2.8bn) debt issuance programme. Lead manager HSBC and co-manager Royal Bank of Scotland advised by Linklaters.