Corporate trio lead on HomeServe’s £4bn sale

Linklaters, Slaughter and May and White & Case have scored mandates on the sale of UK repairs company HomeServe to Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management for a deal valued at £4bn. Brookfield said in a statement that HomeServe’s shareholders will acquire £12 a share in cash, which will be financed by equity drawn from funds from […]

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Raft of firms win places on sale of Chelsea FC

A raft of firms have won places advising bidders on the sale of Chelsea FC in a deal worth £4.25bn. The terms of the sale have been agreed and the new ownership group is the Boehly consortium led by US investor Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss. The sale has […]


Travers leads as longstanding client McColl’s seeks rescue deal

McColl’s Retail Group is looking to secure a rescue deal to stave off a potential collapse, seeking counsel from long-term advisers at Travers Smith. The Lawyer understands that Travers Smith corporate partner Andrew Gillen is advising client McColl’s, along with restructuring partner Edward Smith. Today (6 May) it was announced that the company’s senior lenders […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright and Travers land roles on Brewin Dolphin sale

Norton Rose Fulbright and Travers Smith are the two law firms that have scored the mandates Royal Bank of Canada’s offer to purchase Brewin Dolphin for £1.6bn. RBC said in a release that Brewin Dolphin shareholders will be offered 515 pence per share chalking up a premium of 62 per cent to the closing price […]

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Kirkland lands top mandate on Brookfield’s €1bn Irish deal

Kirkland & Ellis advised alongside two Irish firms on Brookfield Asset Management’s latest deal. The deal sees Brookfield’s subsidiary snap up Irish real estate company Hibernia REIT. Benedict Real Estate Bidco Limited (Bidco) was formed as a vehicle for the purposes of the transaction, with Hibernia valued at a total of €1.089bn. The value of the […]

US corporate duo land top roles on EQT’s €17.7bn acquisition

Kirkland & Ellis won the top mandate for EQT on its acquisition of Baring Private Equity Asia for €17.7bn. The US firm was advising EQT on a rare instance of a private equity investment firm purchasing another arm of a rival player. EQT said it wanted to combine with Baring Private Equity Asia to expand […]

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Kirkland and Freshfields line up on Ted Baker bid

Kirkland & Ellis and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are advising on a potential offer from New York-based Sycamore Partners for Ted Baker, The Lawyer understands. The US private equity house said in a statement it was “in the early stages of considering making a possible cash offer for Ted Baker” but added there was “no certainty […]

Freshfields clinches role on Apollo’s bid for Pearson

Publishing company Pearson has turned to longstanding adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on recent takeover bids launched by private equity giant Apollo. The magic circle firm’s team is being led by partner Oliver Lazenby, who has acted on multiple deals for Pearson. Financial advisers to Pearson are Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. The Lawyer understands […]


Clifford Chance clinches role in Waterstones-Blackwell’s buyout

Clifford Chance has won the top mandate for book retailer Waterstones on its acquisition of Oxford-headquartered Blackwell’s. Waterstones is owned by American investment manager Elliot Advisors. The Lawyer understands Clifford Chance acted for the buy-side, with counsel led by partners Chris Sullivan, Spencer Baylin and Neil Evans and associate Priya Shah. The Lawyer has learned that […]

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Freshfields and Hogan Lovells line up on £1bn offer for Clipper Logistics

Hogan Lovells and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are the two firms advising on the potential cash and share offer by New-York based GXO for London-listed Clipper Logistics. The deal is valued to the tune of £1bn, with Leeds-based Clipper agreeing to the deal of 690p in cash and a number of new GXO shares that would […]

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Corporate duo spearhead Informa-Warburg sale

Clifford Chance and Kirkland & Ellis are the two firms to have inked the sale of Pharma Intelligence from Informa to New-York based private equity group Warburg Pincus. The £1.9bn cash sale comes after Informa announced in December 2021 it would divest from its intelligence portfolio and solely focus on its events and academic publishing […]

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City trio lead as Bridgepoint sells testing company

Allen & Overy has strengthened its ties to Bridgepoint by advising on the multibillion-dollar sale of certification company Elements Materials Technology. Bridgepoint is selling Elements to Singapore-based investment fund Temasek in a deal worth around $7bn. A&O advised Bridgepoint in the transaction, with a team led by partners Stephen Lloyd and Peter Banks, along with […]