Antitrust & Competition in Europe

Experience

    • Leapfrog Investments as lead investor in a $70 million equity investment round for Sun King, the largest provider of solar energy products for off-grid homes in Africa and Asia.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its investment, together with Greenbriar Equity Group, in Paradigm Precision and Whitcraft Group and the merger of the two companies.
    • Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Arcmont Asset Management.
    • Pernod Ricard in its acquisition of a majority stake in Código 1530 Ultra Premium and Prestige Tequila.
    • Resolution Life in its strategic partnership with Blackstone, including a $500 million strategic investment, for its life insurance and annuity consolidation business.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a majority stake in the industrial businesses of Roper Technologies, which operates market-leading businesses that design and develop vertical software and application-specific products, in a transaction valued at $3.7 billion.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and TPG Capital in their acquisition of Covetrus, a global animal-health technology and services company, for a total enterprise value of approximately $4 billion.
    • Blackstone as lead investor in DNAnexus’ $200 million financing round.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing aspects of its $5.8 billion acquisition of Cornerstone Buildings Brands, the largest manufacturer of exterior buildings products in North America.
    • Dover Corporation in its $225 million acquisition of Malema, a designer and manufacturer of flow-measurement and control instruments for the biopharmaceutical, semiconductor, and industrial sectors.
    • Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, in its acquisition of German chemical producer SCL.
    • Smartly.io, the leading social advertising platform, in its acquisition of Ad-Lib.io, the creative optimization platform.
    • Carestream Dental, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company and leading provider of dental technology, in the $600 million carve-out sale of its Scanning Technology business to Envista, a leading global dental products company.
    • Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer and global services provider, in its $631 million acquisition of Engineered Controls International.
    • The Evercare Group, wholly owned by the Evercare Health Fund, in its $72 million sale of a 50% shareholding in Islamabad Diagnostic Centre to leading consumer healthcare company Integrated Diagnostics Holdings.
    • Consilio, a Stone Point Capital portfolio company, in its acquisition of Legility, a global legal services provider.
    • Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Pantheon as co-lead investors in a secondary acquisition vehicle formed as part of a Nordic Capital-led consortium to invest in Vizrt, a global leader in production software for live video production.
    • DoubleVerify, a Providence Equity Partners portfolio company and a leading software platform for digital media measurement and analytics, in its acquisition of OpenSlate, a content-focused measurement and analytics company.
    • Covéa in its $9 billion acquisition of Partner Re, the largest deal in the insurance sector in 2021.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of PwC’s Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services practice, the global leader in employee tax, immigration, business travel, cross-border managed services, and payroll solutions to multinational organizations and their employees.
    • Blackstone in its investment in Medable, the leading cloud platform for patient-centered clinical research, valuing Medable at $2.1 billion.
    • Helios Investment Partners, the leading Africa-focused private investment firm, in its sale of a 49% stake in GBfoods Africa, one of Africa's largest FMCG groups.
    • Glendower Capital in its strategic partnership with CVC, creating a combined group with total assets under management of approximately €113 billion.
    • Carlyle, as majority owner of Syniverse, in Syniverse’s $2.85 billion merger with special purpose acquisition company M3-Brigade Acquisition II Corp. resulting in Syniverse becoming a publicly traded company.
    • Covanta in its sale to EQT in a transaction valued at more than $5 billion, in which EQT will acquire all shares of Covanta common stock for $20.25 per share.
    • American International Group in its strategic partnership with Blackstone Group for its Life & Retirement business.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Solenis in the sale of Solenis to Platinum Equity at an implied enterprise value of $5.25 billion.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its $6 billion acquisition and subsequent combination of Fort Dearborn and Multi-Color Corporation, to create the world's largest label solutions company.
    • Temasek, a shareholder of BluJay Solutions (BluJay), in the $1.7 billion sale of BluJay to E2open Parent Holdings.
    • Schneider Electric, a global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, in its acquisition of a strategic minority stake in Uplight, the technology partner of energy providers transitioning to clean energy, in a transaction valuing Uplight at approximately $1.5 billion.
    • Carlyle, as majority owner of Syniverse, in Twilio’s $750 million investment in Syniverse.
    • GoDaddy in its acquisition of the .design domain extension.
    • GoDaddy in its acquisition of the .club domain extension.
    • GoDaddy in its acquisitions of the .club and .design domain extensions, as well as 28 domain extensions (and certain other business assets) owned and operated by Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX).
    • Precision Medical Group in its investment from funds managed by Blackstone.
    • Gogo in the $400 million sale of its commercial aviation business to Intelsat.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its $4.7 billion acquisition of Epicor Software, a global provider of cloud-based, industry-specific Enterprise Resource Planning software to industrial-focused sectors.
    • Aveva Group, a global leader in industrial software, in its $5 billion acquisition of OSIsoft.
    • Pantheon in its equity investment as part of the proposed £2 billion takeover by KKR of John Laing Group plc.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its investment in SOCOTEC Group, a leading global provider of testing, inspection and certification services focused on asset integrity.
    • Providence Equity Partners in its majority investment of €200 million in Smartly.io.
    • Emergent Cold Storage, an Elliott Management portfolio company, in its sale to Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest refrigerated-storage company by space.
    • HarbourVest Partners as lead investor in the GP-led restructuring of Bridgepoint Capital’s €4.8 billion crisis-era fund, Bridgepoint Europe IV.
    • Lovell Minnick in its take-private deal for Charles Taylor, a leading provider of professional services to the global insurance market.
    • AmTrust in the merging of its Lloyd’s business with Canopius. The transaction will create a top-five insurer at Lloyd’s with combined premiums of approximately $2.2bn.
    • Perform in antitrust and competition aspects of its combination with STATS and investment from Vista.
    • Dover Corporation in its acquisition of Germany-based Ettlinger, a leading manufacturer of filtering solutions for the plastics recycling industry.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a 40% ownership interest in Belron, which valued the company at €3 billion.
    • VINCI Energies in its acquisition of Horlemann Group.
    • Temasek in its strategic investment in BluJay Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain software and services.
    • Atkore in its acquisition of Flexicon.
    • Bregal Freshstream in its investment in TrueNoord, an independent aircraft leasing business that specialises in the regional aircraft market.
    • Helios Investment Partners in the formation of a joint-venture with GBfoods targeting the African fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, creating one of Africa's largest FMCG groups, operating in 30 African countries, including leadership positions in Nigeria and Ghana.
    • Capital Group in its acquisition of an equity stake in Intas Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India, from ChrysCapital, an India-focused private equity firm.
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in its investment in Datamars.
    • Belectric in its sale of Belectric Solar & Battery to Innogy.
    • Deutsche Bank in its co-investment into Medi-Globe.
    • American Securities and P2 Capital Partners in their $855 million acquisition of Blount International.
    • Solenis in merger control aspects of its acquisition of Nopco Paper Technology.
    • American International Group in several transactions with Fairfax Financial, a leading global property and casualty insurer and reinsurer, as part of a strategic partnership in 12 jurisdictions across Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Ascot from American International Group.
    • Solenis in the merger control aspects of its Lostris and Wester Blend acquisitions.
    • AmTrust Financial Services in its $219 million acquisition of ANV Holding, a Lloyd's platform.
    • Eutelsat in a joint venture with ViaSat to provide wholesale and retail broadband services in Europe.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its €360 million acquisition, through a fund managed by Compass Partners International, of five portfolio companies from Bridgepoint Capital.
    • Dover Corporation in its €425 million acquisition of Tokheim Group’s dispensers and systems businesses.
    • Rank Group in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of its sale of SIG Combibloc Group to Onex Corp, the largest listed private equity firm in Canada.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in its acquisition of up to a 49% stake in NYSE-listed CHC Group, the world’s largest commercial helicopter operator with an enterprise value of $1.9 billion.
    • Northwestern Mutual in obtaining UK merger control approval for the sale of its subsidiary company, Russell Investments to the London Stock Exchange Group plc.
    • Traxys Group, a physical metals and minerals commodity merchant, logistics and trading firm, on obtaining merger control approval in the EU and a number of other jurisdictions globally, including China and South Africa, in respect of its sale of a majority interest to Carlyle and affiliates of Louis M. Bacon.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies.
    • A major automotive corporation as claimant in consolidated ICC London arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen in respect of a dispute involving a multibillion euro cross-shareholding and arising out of a commercial alliance formalised in December 2009.
    • American International Group in obtaining merger control approval in 22 jurisdictions globally, including one of the earliest COMESA approvals, for its $7.6 billion sale of International Lease Finance Corporation to NYSE-listed AerCap Holdings N.V.
    • New York Life Investments on the merger control and State aid aspects of its acquisition of full ownership of Dexia Asset Management.
    • SPIE S.A in obtaining EU merger control approval for its acquisition of German facilities management company HOCHTIEF Service Solutions.
    • TIAA-CREF in obtaining German merger control approval for its partnership with Henderson Group plc to create TIAA Henderson Real Estate Limited, a new global real estate investment management company, with total assets under management of over $25 billion.
    • Mitsui in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of its agreement with GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America Participações to participate in the 3,750MW Jirau run-of-the river hydropower project in Brazil.
    • Warner Music Group in its $765 million acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group.
    • Cunningham Lindsey in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of its recapitalization by CVC Capital Partners.
    • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dell in the $24.9 billion sale of Dell to an investor group including Michael Dell and Silver Lake.
    • Carlyle in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of its $3.3 billion acquisition of Getty Images (including parallel review in Austria as a media concentration).
    • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of its agreement with The Dow Chemical Company to acquire a 50% stake in Dow's 100% subsidiary Santa Vitória Açúcar e Álcool Ltda and form a joint venture aimed at the production of biopolymers.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in its acquisition of a 42.5% stake in Univar, a global distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals, in a sponsored recapitalization transaction valuing Univar at $4.2 billion.
    • Stone Point Capital and Hellman & Friedman in obtaining EU merger control approval for their $1.1 billion acquisition of Sedgwick Claims Management Services, the leading global provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions.
    • Carlyle in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of its $1.5 billion acquisition of PQ Corporation from J.P. Morgan Partners, and PQ Corporation’s follow-on acquisition of the Ineos Silicas business from Ineos Group.
    • NLMK in obtaining EU merger control approval for its $1.6 billion joint venture with Duferco to acquire steel assets in Europe and the U.S.
    • Phelps Dodge in obtaining merger control approval in the EU, and various other jurisdictions globally, in respect of in its $26 billion merger with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, forming the world’s largest publicly traded copper company.
    • Providence Equity Partners in obtaining EU merger control approval for its buyout of its partners’ interests in Kabel Deutschland, Europe’s largest cable company, a transaction valuing Kabel Deutschland at €3.2 billion.
    • Prudential Financial in obtaining merger control approval in the EU in respect of its purchase of a 50% interest in Oppenheim Fonds Trust GmbH and Oppenheim Investment Management International S.A. from Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie. KGaA.