Corporate deals round-up

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Paul Gadd, Philip Broke) is representing mining company Randgold Resources on its proposed formal offer to acquire Ashanti Goldfields for $1.8bn (£1.08bn). Norton Rose (Mark Bankes) is acting for Ashanti.

Herbert Smith (Patrick Mitchell) advised London & Continental Railways on the £55m sale of its operations business the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to Network Rail. Linklaters acted for Network Rail.

Hale and Dorr (Richard Eaton) is acting for fibre optic technology provider Bookham Technology on its £117.6m agreement to acquire New Focus. Slaughter and May acted for New Focus in the UK, while Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati provided US advice.

Hammonds (David Hull) advised on the £17.4m institutional buyout of funeral operator Laurel Management Services. Wragge & Co advised private equity backers Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity and 3i. Pinsents acted for the management team, while Blake Lapthorn Linnell acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland on its provision of debt finance. The new management team is backed by Sovereign Capital, represented by Olswang.

Travers Smith Braithwaite (Spencer Summerfield, Richard Spedding) is providing UK advice to NTL on its proposed $1m (£600,000) fully underwritten rights offering. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is acting as US counsel to NTL, while Davis Polk & Wardwell is advising the underwriters.

DWF (Sue Parker) acted for Oxfordshire-based Eynsham Group on its acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, of Trent Valley Window & Door Company. The Royal Bank of Scotland was lead lender on the deal. Freethcartwright advised the vendors.

Lovells (Arnaud Latscha) advised Thermo Electron on its agreement to acquire laboratory equipment supplier Jouan for $124m (£74.4m) with the assumption of around $8m (£4.8m) in debt.