Deals summary

Eversheds (Anne Harris) advised the Strategic Rail Authority on a 20-year franchise agreement with Chiltern Railways to encourage long-term investment. Railtrack's administrators advised by Slaughter and May. Lead manager the Royal Bank of Scotland advised by Allen & Overy. Chiltern advised by CMS Cameron McKenna and niche rail firm Hollingworth Bissell.

Allen & Overy (Riccardo Sallustio) advised lead arrangers Banca di Roma and Banca Popolare di Milano on a d95m (£58.12m) loan to Fintad International for the acquisition of the controlling stake of Italian waste disposal company Falck. Fintad advised by Studio Legale Tonucci.