Norske Skog is a long-term client of White & Case and has strong links with the Brussels office. The firm did have to pitch for the work but it was no surprise when it won. `The speed of the transaction was unusual. Although the structure of the deal was complicated because there were six mills to be acquired, the rest of the transaction was completed in three weeks.`Haindl is the last independent paper producer on the Continent. All parties were expected to sign as soon as possible in order to allow the Competition Commission to review the deal and clear it by the end of the year.`White & Case says it has invested in its European M&A and finance law capability in Europe during the past 12 months to cater for deals of this nature. And since the merger with Feddersen Laule Ewerwahn Scherzberg Finkelnburg Clemm in Germany, White & Case Feddersen has a competition capability in Brussels.