Corporate Deals Roundup

Osborne Clarke (Greg Leyshon) advised ECI Partners and a newco on the £34m institutional buyout of Nuaire Holdings. Eversheds acted for the vendors, while Morgan Cole advised the management team. Bank of Ireland provided debt funding, advised by Dickson Minto.

Weil Gotshal & Manges (Wayne Rapozo) represented Lehman Brothers International and Danske Markets as underwriters on the DKr3.42bn (£306.5m) rights issue of Carlsberg. Gorrissen Federspiel & Kierkegaard provided advice on Danish law. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (Michael Wolfson) and Danish firm Kromann Reumert acted for Carlsberg.

White & Case advised the management of Dutch call centre SNT Group in the sale of its 50.1 per cent interest in French business Vitalicom SAS.
Uría & Menéndez (Luis Figaredo) acted for Teekay Shipping Corporation on its e1.35bn (£898m) acquisition of crude oil transporter Naviera F Tapias. Garrigues advised the target.

Latham & Watkins (Michael Bond) represented Ascent Media Group on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the London Playout Centre from FremantleMedia. Berwin Leighton Paisner (Frances McLeman) acted for FremantleMedia.

Clifford Chance (Pablo Mayor) advised Spanish telecommunications company Auna on its E95m (£63.4m) acquisition of fibre optic cable company Netco Redes, which was advised in-house.

Pinsents (Andrew Walker) acted for Countrywide Assured Group on the proposed demerger of its life assurance business. The proposals are subject to the approval of the court and the shareholders in an extraordinary general meeting. The return of cash will be assisted by a £100m bank facility with Lloyds TSB, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Clifford Chance advised the lending banks, while Ashurst advised the sponsor Hawkpoint.

Baker & McKenzie (Luis Gomez) represented Kidde in gaining competition clearance from the UK’s Office of Fair Trading and the Federal Cartel Office in Germany, for its acquisition of Croda International’s fire fighting chemical business.