Corporate deals round-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Martin Taylor) advised the Rank Group on its acquisition of Blue Square, one of the UK's leading telebetting and internet betting business, for £65m. Blue Square advised by Macfarlanes.

Addleshaw Booth & Co (Darryl Cooke, Simon Pilling) advised Barclays Private Equity and Newco in the management buyout of Hobbs from Yoram and Marilyn Anselm for £30m. Gouldens acted for the management.

Macfarlanes (Charles Martin) advised Alchemy Partners on its provision of equity finance of $376.3m (£232.8m) for the management buyout of Irish software company Riverdeep Group. Matheson Ormsby Prentice advised the management in Ireland. Riverdeep advised by William Fry and Dewey Ballantine.

Memery Crystal (Lesley Gregory, Andrew Titmas) advised nominated adviser City Financial Associates and broker CFA Securities to an AIM placing by coach hire company 2 Travel Group. The company raised £1.6m before expenses. 2 Travel Group advised by Eversheds' Cardiff office.

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Michael Johns) advised ICAP on the acquisition of the majority of BrokerTec Global's trading operations for up to £181m. ICAP advised by Morgan Lewis & Bockius in the US.

Slaughter and May (Martin Hattrell) advised Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the sponsor, financial adviser and stockbroker to the Corporate Services Group, which announced a placing and open offer to raise £25m. Corporate Services Group advised by Linklaters, with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as US legal counsel.

DWF (David Clay, Sarah Bell) completed the sale of Bangor-on-Dee Races to the Chester Race Company by way of a public offer. Addleshaw Booth & Co's Manchester office advised the Chester Race Company.