Spanish telecoms group Telefónica buys 97.4 per cent of the share capital of Dutch television production company Endemol Entertainment Holding, in a euro5bn (£3.2bn) deal.
Endemol advised by Stibbe (Joost van Lanschot, Heleen Kiersten). Telefónica advised by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Jan Willem de Boer, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, Iman Stratenus and Enrique Boerboom).
Deutsche Bank advised by Uría & Menéndez.
Italy-based internet service provider (ISP) and telecoms giant Tiscali continues its expansion drive with the purchase of more than 95 per cent of Dutch ISP World Online for euro5.9bn (£3.72bn).
Tiscali and its advising bank UBS Warburg advised by Allen & Overy (Sietze Hepkema and Erik Hammerstein in Amsterdam, Alan Paul in London, Roberto Casati (left) and Paulo Esposito in Milan). World Online advised by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Jan Willem de Boer).
Spanish hotel operator NH Hoteles extends its reach across Europe with the purchase of Amsterdam-based Krasnapolsky Hotels & Restaurants, valued at euro495m (£312m).
NH Hoteles advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Steven Perrick and Richard Norbruis). Krasnapolsky advised by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Jan Willem de Boer).
Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch are working on an innovative tender offer and the subsequent repackaging of the junior bank debt of Eurotunnel, the French-UK company operating the Channel Tunnel.
Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch advised by Clifford Chance, Amsterdam and London (Philippe Steffens Frank De Vos, Ton Nederveen, Peter Taylor and Rachel Kelly). Eurotunnel advised by Herbert Smith, London and Paris (Gary Hommel).
General Motors and Fiat create one of the world's largest producers of engines and transmissions in a 50-50 joint venture called Powertrain.
General Motors advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Laurie McFadden (left) and Richard Norbruis). Fiat advised by Nauta Dutilh and Shearman & Sterling.
Renault of France agrees to sell its industrial vehicle unit to Volvo in exchange for a 15 per cent stake in the Swedish car manufacturer.
Volvo and Renault advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton on European Union merger control issues.
Three Airbus partners – France's Aerospatiale Matra, Spain's Casa and the Dasa unit of the German-US company DaimlerChrysler – merge to form the European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co (Eads), valued at euro35bn (£22bn).
Aerospatiale advised by Clifford Chance. DaimlerChrysler advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Richard Norbruis). Casa advised by Loyens & Loeff.
ABN Amro acts as the sole arranger of two facilities – one euro6.2bn (£3.9bn) and the other £460m – to finance the Interbrew's acquisition of Bass' and Whitbread's UK brewing businesses.
ABN Amro advised by Clifford Chance, Amsterdam (Alistair McGillivray). Bass advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London office (Tim Emmerson and Lois Moore). Interbrew advised by Simmons & Simmons (Stuart Evans). Whitbread advised by Slaughter and May (Martin Hattrell (left)).