Corporate deals round-up

CMS Cameron McKenna (Guy Billington) advised Avenue Acquisition on its offer for thread-makers Coats for £414m. Coats advised by Slaughter and May.

Lawrence Graham (Hugh Maule) acted for electronic payment processor company e-pay on its acquisition by Nasdaq-quoted Euronet Worldwide for $76.2m (£47.2m). Squire Sanders & Dempsey advised Euronet Worldwide.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Sarah Murphy) advised the underwriters in the share listing and global offering of 25 per cent of Telkom by the government of the Republic of South Africa (SA). This raised approximately R3.8bn (£294.1m). SA advised by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and SA firm Edward Nathan & Friedland.

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Steven Fox) acted for Galen Holdings on the acquisition of three branded women's healthcare products from Pfizer for $484m (£300m). Galen Holdings advised by in-house US counsel and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Jones Day Gouldens (Russell Carmedy, Tim Melton) advised Patsystems on the return of approximately £9.9m surplus capital to shareholders, involving a move to AIM from the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.

Kirkland & Ellis (James Learner) represented Bain Capital in its purchase of SigmaKalon, the paint business of French energy company TotalfinaElf, for nearly $1bn (£620m). SigmaKalon advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Slaughter and May (Kathryn Davis) advised Spirit Group Holdings, the UK's largest privately-owned and managed pub company, on the purchase of Tom Cobleigh Holdings from Electra Partners Europe. Clifford Chance advised Electra Partners Europe.

Linklaters (Andrew Godwin) advised ABN Amro on its acquisition of a 33 per cent interest in Chinese fund management company Xiangcai Hefeng Fund Management. Xiangcai advised by King & Wood.