Ogier and Carey Olsen join magic circle duo on £17bn GDF Suez deal

Offshore firms Ogier and Carey Olsen joined magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Linklaters and French independent Bredin Prat on one of the biggest M&A transactions to complete so far this year.

Linklaters, Bredin Prat and Ogier advised GDF Suez on its £17.1bn investment in International Power, which closed 3 February.

The deal sees GDF transfer its international energy division to International Power, in return for a 70 per cent shareholding in the company. It creates the world’s largest global energy company, with an estimated turnover of £70bn.

The international Linklaters team included Paris partners Marc Loy and Pierre Zelenko, London-based partners Matthew Middleditch and Iain Wagstaff and Brussels partner Arnaud Coibion. Meanwhile, Bredin Prat partners Patrick Dziewolski and Matthieu Pouchepadass also provided French advice.

Both firms had previously advised GDF on its 2008 €67bn (£53.07bn) merger with Suez.

Ogier corporate partner Raulin Amy advised GDF on the Jersey aspects of the transaction, which involved the incorporation of a Jersey special purpose vehicle. The firm’s fiduciary business Ogier Corporate Services was also involved.

International Power’s Jersey counsel was Carey Olsen, led by partner Alex Ohlssen.

Clifford Chance acted for long-standing client International Power, with the team led by London partners David Pudge, Brendan Moylan, Kathy Honeywood and Andrew Grenville.