Billiton agrees on $28bn (£19.57bn) dual-listed company merger with BHP to form BHP Billiton. Billiton advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Charlie Jacobs) and Freehills. BHP advised by Slaughter and May and Allens Arthur Robinson.

Vattenfall, the Swedish power company, agrees a three-year contract to handle Electricity Direct’s trading and risk management services with an estimated total turnover of SKr3bn (£207m). Vattenfall advised by Baker & McKenzie (Mark Henrick). Electricity Direct advised by Hammond Suddards Edge.

Legal & General Ventures acquires a 44 per cent shareholding in Young’s Bluecrest Seafood Holdings from United Biscuits. Young’s advised by Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Martin Shaw, Helena Jones). United Biscuits advised by Allen & Overy. Legal & General advised by CMS Cameron McKenna.

Alchemy Partners makes a £161.4m recommended cash offer for Anglian Group. Alchemy advised by Macfarlanes (Charles Martin). Anglian advised by Herbert Smith (Michael Waters). The Anglian management team advised by Mills & Reeve (Byony Falkus).