Deals

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Freshfields and Weil lead as European payments rivals join forces

Nearly a year after advising on Hellman & Friedman’s takeover of Nets, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its relationship with the private equity house by acting on a further deal for its payments portfolio company. The deal sees Nordic payments company Nets agree a tie-up with Concardis Payment Group, a rival provider in the German-speaking […]

City duo lead on £1bn sale of UBS headquarters

Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have led on the sale of UBS’ UK headquarters in the latest billion-pound sale of prime real estate in the City. The magic circle firm advised a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based CK Asset on the £1bn purchase of 5 Broadgate from British Land and GIC. The building was […]

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Clifford Chance leads on bumper fintech listing for PayPal rival

Clifford Chance has advised on one of the largest IPOs in Continental Europe this year, tapping into a trend of tech companies pursuing public listings. The magic circle firm won the mandate from Dutch fintech company Adyen, which hosts payment platforms for companies such as eBay, Uber and Netflix. Adyen turned to magic circle partner […]

House of Fraser

BCLP enters fray as House of Fraser deal faces opposition

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has joined the suite of firms advising on House of Fraser’s rescue bid, as the retailer closes in on launching a company voluntary agreement (CVA). BCLP is understood to be advising a group of landlords who are gearing up to oppose the proposed CVA. House of Fraser last week confirmed it […]

Slaughters bags Disney role as battle for Sky intensifies

Slaughter and May has been called in to advise the Walt Disney Company in its bid for Sky News after MPs said the channel would have to be sold if 21st Century Fox wants to succeed in its bid for Sky. The possible divestiture is the latest development in a long-running and complex battle over […]

Royal Bank of Scotland RBS

Slaughters loses out to Freshfields on RBS government share sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken the lead advising the UK Government in the sale of 925 million Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) shares, as it attempts to raise £2.6bn to reduce national debt. Freshfields global transactions partners Julian Makin and Ashar Qureshi advised the United Kingdom Financial Investments (UKFI), which controls the Treasury’s stake in RBS, and is selling […]

Pinsents and Mayer Brown lead on £250m travel start-up sale

A raft of firms have acted in the £250m sale of independent leisure business Travel Counsellors to UK buyout firm Vitruvian Partners. Pinsent Masons advised the seller Equistone Partners, with a team led by corporate partners Gregg Davison and Amie Norris, who featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 this year. The firm previously acted for Equistone in October 2014, when it […]

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Slaughters leads opposite best friend firm on £1.5bn DS Smith deal

Slaughter and May and Iberian firm Pérez-Llorca have advised DS Smith in a deal to take over European packaging business Europac for nearly £1.5bn. DS Smith general counsel and company secretary Iain Simm turned to Slaughters corporate partners Andy Ryde and Filippo de Falco, who led a team on the deal. The lineup also included […]

Pret a Manger

Freshfields and Travers Smith lead on £1.5bn Pret a Manger sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have acted in the £1.5bn sale of sandwich and coffee store Pret a Manger to investment group JAB Holdings. Freshfields corporate partner Christopher Mort led for JAB, a Luxembourg-based investment group owned by Germany’s billionaire Reimann family. Other members of the deal team included antitrust partner Alex Potter and corporate […]

City Gherkin

Addleshaws wins instruction from Chinese government on embassy move

Addleshaw Goddard has acted for the Chinese government in its acquisition of the historic Royal Mint Court from property management company Delancey. Head of real estate Leona Ahmed led for Addleshaws, representing the People’s Republic of China in securing the 5.5-acre site along the eastern verge of the City. Here, China will house its new embassy, adjacent […]

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Skadden and HSF lead opposite magic circle in Cinven double bill

A raft of corporate players won work on two Cinven deals announced this morning, with Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer scooping the lead roles for the private equity house. Clifford Chance partner Chris Sullivan led the firm’s team for Cinven in its purchase of laundry company JLA to HgCapital. He was supported by debt […]

Property technology

Freshfields and Simpson Thacher lead on £2bn Zoopla sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has acted opposite former partner Ben Spiers, now at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, on the private equity sale of Zoopla’s owner ZPG. The magic circle firm advised ZPG, which owns property website Zoopla and comparison site Uswitch. The team was led by partners Mark Austin and Piers Prichard Jones, who also advised […]

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