Corporate

Gibson Dunn and Macfarlanes lead on Marriott’s £100m purchase of Barbados hotels

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is on call for Marriott International as it seeks to acquire seven properties owned by Elegant Hotels in Barbados. Hotels giant Marriott is set to take over Elegant, which has been valued at just over £100m. Gibson Dunn London partner Nigel Stacey has been advised Marriott, along with associate Samirah Haujee, […]

Asda

City quartet secure £4bn pension deal for Asda

Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy, Addleshaw Goddard and Travers Smith have acted in Walmart and Asda’s offloading of nearly £4bn worth of pension liabilities, as the supermarket seeks to clear the path for a stock market flotation. The deal is the joint second-largest buy-in on record, after British Airways last year. The deal has […]

HSF guides WHSmith to $400m US acquisition

Herbert Smith Freehills and Kirkland & Ellis bagged roles on WHSmith’s latest expansion into the US market, as the company bought another stateside retailer that caters to airports and resorts. The Marshall Retail Group, advised by Kirkland, was acquired by the UK company for $400m (£312m). The Kirkland team was led by Los Angeles corporate […]

film media

Latham wins key IPO mandate for special effects company

Latham & Watkins has advised special effects company DNEG on its anticipated IPO on the London Stock Exchange. DNEG hopes to raise £150m in new shares to fund company growth and reduce its net debt through the listing. The visual effects entity published its registration document today, which was approved by the FCA. The team […]

White & Case and Mayer Brown land top roles on sale of Aberdeen oil group

Aberdeen-headquartered Eland is to be acquired by fellow oil and gas company Seplat, with firms including White & Case and Mayer Brown wining core roles. White & Case partners Allan Taylor, Mukund Dhar and Philip Broke won the mandate for the buyer Seplat, a Nigerian upstream exploration and production company. White & Case partner Ben […]

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Akin Gump hires Africa-focused private equity partner from Orrick

Akin Gump has made a new hire to its City office, this time to expand its private equity focus in the African markets. Weyinmi Popo will join Akin this month after nearly four years at rival US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. He had previously been at Jones Day for nine years, making partner in […]

Cyber

Kirkland and Slaughters act on Sophos’ £3bn private equity sale

Kirkland & Ellis and Slaughter and May have landed roles in the latest take-private of a UK company by a US private equity house, as UK cyber security company Sophos is sold for over £3bn. Kirkland acted for the buyers Thoma Bravo, which revealed it would acquire Sophos for £3.1bn. The team at the US […]

Africa

White & Case wins role on bank IPO amid dearth of London listings

White & Case’s London office is representing the African Export-Import Bank on its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange, despite a reluctance of corporates to list pre-Brexit. Partners Melissa Butler, Inigo Esteve and Guy Potel are working with the financial institution, known as Afreximbank, which posted its registration document this week. US-qualified securities […]

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Regional firm gains role as Thomas Cook stores find buyer

A Newcastle-based firm has gained a role in the latest Thomas Cook development, as 555 stores previously owned by the company look set to be acquired by a Sunderland-based travel agent. Muckle has advised Hays Travel on the acquisition of the stores around the UK, which will also include the incorporation of previous Thomas Cook […]

Sidley ramps up London recruitment with Proskauer hire

Sidley Austin has added a new corporate recruit from Proskauer Rose’s London office, following on from the hire of ex-Kirkland & Ellis funds partner Mateja Maher last month, The firm has brought in corporate and PE partner Eleanor Shanks, who spent over three years at Proskauer. Working within the firm’s private equity and mergers and […]

telecoms

Magic circle duo lead on £2bn sale of UK telecoms business

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have bagged roles on a deal that sees Cellnex Telecom, the largest infrastructure operator for wireless telecommunication in Europe, buying Arqiva’s telecoms towers business. The co-head of Clifford Chance’s corporate practice in London Melissa Fogarty and corporate partner Joel Ziff led for the magic circle firm, alongside associates Adam Dalton and […]

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Weil Gotshal refuels in London corporate with Linklaters hire

Having long been on the look-out for additional M&A bench strength in London, Weil Gotshal & Manges has plucked a partner out of the magic circle to boost its corporate team. The firm has hired Linklaters corporate partner David Avery-Gee to join its London office. Avery-Gee has been at Linklaters his entire career, since 1999, and had […]

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