Deals summary

Macfarlanes (Nicola Richards, Simon Perry, John Skelton, Luke Morris) advised majority shareholders Cinven and Royal Bank Private Equity on the merger of brick manufacturers Chelwood Group and Ambion Brick Company. At the same time, the existing debt was refinanced by a £50m syndication loan led by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Barclays Bank. Management advised by Hammond Suddards Edge. RBS and Barclays advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. RBS also advised by Hammonds on equity issues.

DLA (Andrew Carpenter) advised International Dignity Caring Funeral Services in the management buyout from parent Service Corporation International (SCI) for £220m. SCI advised by Locke Liddell & Sapp on US law and Linklaters on UK law. Lovells advised lead arrangers CIBC.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Daniel Braverman) advised ING Barings, Alfa Bank and Troika Dialog as underwriters on the Securities and Exchange Commission-registered initial public offering and New York Stock Exchange listing by Russian company Wimm-Bill-Dann. The company was advised by Latham & Watkins on US law and Andrey Gorodissky & Partners on Russian law.

Allen & Overy (Pervez Akhtar) advised Zagrebacka banka on the recommended offer for its entire issued voting share capital by UniCredito Italiano and Allianz. Banks advised by Clifford Chance.