Corporate deals round-up

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jorg Kirchner, Klaus Herkenroth) advised the Taiwanese Sampo Group on the takeover of Nuremberg-based electronics company Grundig. Grundig advised by Beiten Burkhardt Goerdeler and Rödl & Partner.

Latham & Watkins (Nigel Campion-Smith) advised Epic Brand Investments on its AIM flotation. Epic Brand Investments was placed at 100p a share and raised £50m. Lawrence Graham advised sponsor and nominated adviser Collins Stewart, with co-investment partner Lornamead Brand Management advised by Taylor Wessing.

Travers Smith Braithwaite (Phil Sanderson, Charles Barter) advised Phoenix Equity Partners on the £62m management buyout of Vivid Imaginations, the UK's largest independent toy company. Baker & McKenzie acted for the management, with Ashurst Morris Crisp acting for non-management seller Jordan Group.

White & Case (Steve Raney, Peter Finlay, Paul Marchand) is advising steel producer LNM Holdings NV in a public offer to acquire up to 12.19 per cent of Iscor for $174m (£108.3m). Iscor advised by Jowell Glyn & Marais.

Salans (Glenn Kolleeney) acted for a consortium composed of Gerald Metals and Banca Commerciale Lugano in their acquisition of the privatised Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia for a value over $12m (£7.5m). KPMG Barents, in both a financial and legal capacity, advised the Mongolian government (state property committee) as seller.

Herbert Smith (Michael Walter) advised SMG on the sale of its publishing business to US media giant Gannett UK for £216m. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Gannett UK.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Farah Ispahani, Julien Francis) advised Compass Group on the sale of 368 Little Chef restaurants and 220 Travelodges, originally assembled by the Forte Group, to Permira for £712m. Clifford Chance advised Permira.