Linklaters has won the prize mandate acting for private equity house the Carlyle Group on its £450m acquisition of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML), as well as the proposed merger with rival Associated Dental Practices (ADP).
The Linklaters team acting for Carlyle on a UK buyout for the first time was led by private equity partner Ian Bagshaw, finance partner Brian Gray and competition partner Nicole Kar.
BoAML turned to Clifford Chance for advice on the sale side, with private equity chief David Walker leading. The magic circle firm also acted for the lenders, with global finance head Mark Campbell taking the mandate.
Slaughter and May is acting for ADP owner Palamon Capital on the planned merger, with corporate finance partner David Whittman leading matters. Palamon will retain a stake in the merged entity.
CMS Cameron McKenna and Pinsent Masons also took roles on the acquisition and subsequent merger, acting for the management teams at IDH and ADP respectively. Camerons corporate partner Jason Zemmel and Pinsents corporate partner Andrew Masraf led their respective teams.