Tax in Europe

Experience

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • GreyCastle in its sale to Monument Re.
    • The Marandi family in its acquisition of The Conran Shop.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing and tax aspects of its £400 million acquisition of Huntsworth.
    • Covéa Group in its $9 billion acquisition, later terminated, of PartnerRe.
    • 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.
    • Sonos in its acquisition of Snips, an artificial intelligence voice platform.
    • 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.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its secondary acquisition of a majority interest in Digital Prosperity Fund I and an associated co-investment vehicle, both managed by Amadeus Capital Partners, from MTN Group.
    • FWD in its acquisition of MetLife Hong Kong.
    • TPG Growth in its takeover of the existing assets of the Abraaj Group’s $1 billion Global Healthcare Fund.
    • Capital Group Private Markets and other selling shareholders in the $1.85 billion sale of Eaton Towers to American Tower.
    • The Marandi family in its acquisition of ASHS Limited, the company operating under the Anya Hindmarch brand, from Mayhoola for Investments.
    • AmTrust Financial Services in the sale of its domestic and international surety and credit reinsurance operations to Liberty Mutual.
    • 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.
    • Schneider Electric in its joint venture with The Carlyle Group to develop energy management and automation solutions for critical infrastructure projects.
    • AmTrust Financial Services 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 $2.2 billion.
    • OEConnection, a Providence Private Equity portfolio company, in its acquisition of Bluegrasscoms.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its role in the £1.2 billion take-private acquisition of UK insurer esure.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Westbury Street, a leading independent contract caterer and hospitality services provider in the UK.
    • Tristan Capital in its sale of a 40% interest in Tristan to Candriam, a New York Life affiliate.
    • Hanover Insurance in its $950 million sale of Chaucer, its Lloyd's-focused international specialty business, to China Re.
    • A U.S. private equity fund in a complex GP fund restructuring involving the establishment of a new fund to acquire assets.
    • A U.S. private equity fund in co-investments in various jurisdictions, including France, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Poland.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a 40% ownership interest in Belron, which valued the company at €3 billion.
    • Atkore in its acquisition of Flexicon.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its acquisition of stakes in MML Capital Partners Funds V and VI from Varma Mutual Fund Pension Insurance Company.
    • Bregal Freshstream in its investment in TrueNoord, an independent aircraft leasing business that specialises in the regional aircraft market.
    • Adveq in its sale to Schroders.
    • Argenta in the sale of Syndicate 2121 at Lloyd's and the Argenta members' agency to Hannover Re.
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in its investment in Datamars.
    • Helios Investment Partners in its sale of a minority stake in Interswitch to TA Associates. Helios Investment Partners remains the majority shareholder following the transaction.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its $2.3 billion sale of Mauser Group, a leading global supplier of industrial rigid packaging products and reconditioning services, to Stone Canyon Industries.
    • American International Group in its sale of its Japan life insurance business to FWD.
    • 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 and Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Ascot from American International Group.
    • MBIA in the sale of its UK subsidiary to Assured Guaranty.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its £806.6 million acquisition of the investment portfolio of SVG Capital, a publicly-listed investment fund. The acquisition followed an initial £1,015 million takeover offer by HarbourVest Partners for SVG Capital. The deal has been recognized by various industry award schemes, including the PEI Awards and being named Private Equity Deal Of The Year at the IFLR European Awards.
    • AltaOne Capital in its acquisition, with Silver Lake, of a 37.6% interest in Cegid Group, valuing the company at ‎€580 million.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its co-investment with IK Investment Partners in the Salad Signature group, a Dutch and Belgian food business.
    • Beacon Capital Partners in its sale to AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets of the Tour First office tower, the tallest building in France.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its €360 million acquisition, through a fund managed by Compass Partners International, of five portfolio companies from Bridgepoint Capital.
    • Prudential Financial in its $350 million partnership with LeapFrog Investments, targeting investments in life insurance companies in Africa.
    • American International Group in the sale of its Taiwan consumer and SME businesses to Nan Shan Life Insurance in Taiwan.
    • HarbourVest Partners as co-investor in the 2012 take-private of Omega Pharma, and its subsequent sale in 2014 to Perrigo Company for €3.6 billion.
    • HarbourVest Partners as a selling shareholder, together with Exponent, in the purchase of Trainline by KKR.
    • TA Associates in its acquisition of Access Technology Group.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in tax aspects of its €1.2 billion acquisition of Mauser Group, a leading provider of industrial packaging.
    • AIA Group in its landmark exclusive bancassurance partnership with Citibank to distribute its insurance products to 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region. This was the largest ever bancassurance deal in Asia.
    • Eutelsat in its $1.14 billion acquisition of Satélites Mexicanos.
    • A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway in its acquisition of Hartford Life International Limited, an Irish domiciled variable annuity writer, for approximately $285 million.
    • One of Deutsche Bank's private equity platforms in its acquisition of interests in Calastone, Graze, Secret Escapes and Zoopla Property Group from Octopus, a leading specialist fund management company.
    • TIAA-CREF in 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 $63 billion.
    • Management of Vue Cinemas in the £935 million sale of the company by Doughty Hanson to OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management Corporation.
    • AIA in its $1.7 billion acquisition of ING’s insurance businesses.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a significant stake in B&M Retail.
    • Management of Novus Leisure in the company's £100 million acquisition by LGV Capital and Hutton Collins.
    • AAC Capital Partners in its sale of a $1.5 billion investment portfolio to a group of investors led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
    • The management team of ABN AMRO Capital, a private equity buyout firm with €3.1 billion of funds under management, in the sale of ABN AMRO Capital to the management.
    • American International Group in the proposed sale, later terminated, of AIA Group Limited to Prudential plc for $35.5 billion.
    • Aetna in its acquisition of the Middle Eastern, Pacific and UK operations of Goodhealth Worldwide.
    • American International Group in the proposed sales of its Asian life insurance unit, American International Assurance, to Prudential plc for $35.5 billion and its Taiwanese life insurance unit, Nan Shan Life Insurance Company, to Primus Financial Holdings and China Strategic Holdings for $2.15 billion.
    • Ares European Real Estate Fund IV, a $1.3 billion Europe real estate fund.
    • Arcelor in the $32 billion acquisition by Mittal Steel.
    • Baring Private Equity Asia in its $360 million acquisition of Nord Anglia Plc.
    • Benfield in its $1.75 billion merger with Aon.
    • Catlin Underwriting Agencies in its £591 million acquisition of Wellington Underwriting.
    • Central European Media Enterprises in its sale of the Studio 1+1 and Kino television channels to Igor Kolomoisky.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, AXA Private Equity and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in the tax aspects and related financing of their €2.1 billion acquisition of SPIE from PAI Partners, which included a €1.335 billion senior term and revolving credit facility and a €375 million bridge loan.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and BAML Private Equity in their €3.7 billion leveraged buyout of Rexel.
    • Gaz de France in its €91 billion merger with Suez and the registration of the transaction with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
    • Hanover Insurance in its £313 million public bid for Chaucer Holdings.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its $1.4 billion acquisition of the private equity fund interests and direct co-investments of Conversus Capital.
    • HarbourVest Partners in its $806 million acquisition of Absolute Private Equity, a Swiss publicly-listed investment fund.
    • HarbourVest Partners in the sale of MYOB, an Australian accounting software firm for $1.3 billion to Bain.
    • Hardy Underwriting in its response to the unsolicited takeover approach announced by Beazley plc.
    • Helios Investment Partners in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Interswitch, Nigeria’s largest electronic transaction switching and payment processing service provider, from several Nigerian banks.
    • Lagardère in the €651 million sale to Hearst Corporation of its international magazine business.
    • BAML and BA Capital Partners Europe in their acquisition, as a consortium, of N&W Global Vending, an Italian vending machine company, from Compass Partners European Equity Fund.
    • Najafi Companies in its acquisition of DirectGroup France, Belgium, Switzerland and Quebec from Bertelsmann AG.
    • Pacific Life Insurance in its acquisition of the International Life Reinsurance segment of Scottish Re Group Limited.
    • Park Square Capital Partners in ongoing fund compliance and tax advice in relation to the investment activities of its funds.
    • Kering in the financing aspects of its €5.3 billion acquisition of the Puma Group.
    • Polyus Gold International in the $11 billion combination of KazakhGold Group Limited with Polyus Gold.
    • Providence Equity Partners in its €1 billion acquisition of Com Hem Communications AB, the Swedish telecom operator, from EQT Group. Debevoise acted as tax counsel and advised on the shareholder arrangements.
    • Providence Equity Partners in its $430 million investment in Aditya Birla Telecom, a subsidiary of Idea Cellular.
    • Rank Group in its $3.2 billion acquisition of SIG, a Swiss packaging company.
    • Reynolds Group in its acquisition of Reynolds Consumer Products and Closure Systems International and the associated financings and refinancings, a group of transactions valued at $3.2 billion.
    • Ripplewood in its €532 million sale of AEG Power Solutions to Germany1 Acquisition.
    • Ripplewood, Eton Park and RHJ International in the sale of their minority interest in Commercial International Bank to Actis.
    • Rockefeller Group International in its acquisition of a majority interest in the European real estate fund management group Europa Capital.
    • Stone Point Capital in its sale of an interest in Securis Investment Partners, an insurance-linked securities manager.
    • United BioSource in its $730 million sale to Medco Health Solutions.
  • Fund Formation

    • GHO Capital Fund II, a €975 million fund which was Europe’s largest ever healthcare fund at the time of closing.
    • Glendower Capital in the formation of Glendower Capital Secondary Opportunities Fund IV, a $2.7 billion global secondary private equity fund.
    • Glendower Capital Secondary Opportunities Fund IV, a $2.7 billion global secondary private equity fund.
    • LeapFrog Financial Inclusion Fund III, a $700 million emerging markets-focused impact fund.
    • DouglasBay Capital III Fund, a European fund making investments in small and micro-cap listed companies.
    • Apera Asset Management’s private debt platform, a €750 million platform focussing on senior secured loans to lower mid-market businesses in German-speaking Europe, France, Benelux, the UK and Northern Europe.
    • Tishman Speyer European Real Estate Venture Fund VIII, a €750 million Europe real estate fund.
    • A leading secondaries fund sponsor in its acquisition of a portfolio of venture capital and private equity interests from a major European private equity manager.
    • MCP Private Capital Fund III, an €850 million European special opportunities fund.
    • Carlyle Europe Partners IV, a €3.75 billion Europe buyout fund.
    • Apollo European Real Estate Fund III, a $1.4 billion Europe real estate fund.
    • Ares European Real Estate Fund IV, a $1.3 billion Europe real estate fund.
    • Baring Asia Private Equity Fund V, a $2.46 billion pan-Asian fund.
    • Baring Vostok Private Equity Fund V, a $1.5 billion private equity fund investing in Russia and former CIS countries.
    • Carlyle Europe Partners III, a €5.4 billion Europe buyout fund.
    • Carlyle MENA Partners, a $500 million fund to invest in the Middle East and North Africa.
    • Deutsche Bank Secondary Opportunities, a $775 million secondaries fund.
    • Doughty Hanson & Co. Fund V, a €3 billion Europe buyout fund.
    • Exponent Private Equity Partners II, a £800 million UK buyout fund.
    • Exponent Private Equity Partners in the formation of Exponent Private Equity Partners III, a £1 billion UK buyout fund.
    • Global Infrastructure Partners in the formation of Global Infrastructure Partners II, an $8.25 billion infrastructure fund.
    • HarbourVest Global Private Equity in its $830 million global initial public offering of Class A shares.
    • HSBC Private Equity Fund 6, a $1.5 billion Asia growth capital fund.
    • Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Equity-Euro Choice IV, a European buyout fund of funds.
    • Oaktree Principal Fund V, a $2.8 billion global distressed fund.
    • Park Square Credit Opportunities, a European credit opportunities fund.
    • Park Square Capital Credit Opportunities II, a $2.4 billion senior debt programme.
    • Park Square Capital Partners III, a €1.2 billion subordinated debt fund.
    • Park Square Capital Partners II, an €850 million mezzanine debt fund.
    • SUN-Apollo India Real Estate Fund, a $630 million Indian real estate fund.
    • Wendel in the setting-up of a €800 million Luxembourg investment fund.
  • Capital Markets & Finance

    • Rexel in its €600 million offering of 2.750% notes due 2026.
    • A leading Chinese private equity firm in a $170 million umbrella subscription line facility with Citibank N.A.
    • Helios Investment Partners in fund arrangement aspects of the IPO on the London Stock Exchange of Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants to retail and commercial customers in Africa.
    • Motor Fuel Group in the financing and tax structuring of its £1.2 billion acquisition of MRH, the UK's largest petrol station and convenience retail operator.
    • PJSC Polyus and its indirect subsidiary Polyus Finance in the issue of $250 million senior bonds convertible into global depositary receipts representing ordinary shares of PJSC Polyus.
    • PJSC Polyus and its indirect subsidiary Polyus Finance in the $500 million Eurobond offering of 4.70% guaranteed notes due 2024.
    • Norilsk Nickel in its up to $2.5 billion syndicated term loan facility with an international syndicate comprising 17 banks and financial institutions.
    • NLMK in its $500 million Eurobond offering of 4% notes due 2024, and a related tender offer for outstanding notes due 2018 and 2019 for the aggregate principal amount of $317 million.
    • PJSC Polyus in a public offering of shares and depositary receipts pursuant to Regulation S/Rule 144A and listing of depositary receipts on the LSE.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and SSA Investments in the £454.3 million sale of shares in B&M.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and its co-investors in the €380 million sale of shares in SPIE.
    • Metric Capital Partners in its €100 million subscription facility with Citibank.
    • Nornickel in its $1 billion Eurobond offering of 4.10% notes due 2023.
    • Rexel in its €300 million offering of 2.625% senior notes due 2024.
    • NLMK and its U.S. subsidiaries in a $250 million ABL facility.
    • B&M in its £250 million bond offering of 4.125% senior secured notes due 2022, and its related refinancing of certain of its existing senior credit facilities.
    • Polyus Gold International in its $800 million Eurobond offering of 5.25% guaranteed notes due 2023.
    • Polyus Gold International in its $500 million Eurobond offering of 4.699% notes due 2022.
    • Norilsk Nickel in its $500 million credit facility with a syndicate of international banks.
    • PartnerRe in its €750 million debut Eurobond offering of 1.25% notes due 2026.
    • Apex Fund Services in its $40 million credit facility with Highbridge Principal Strategies.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing and certain other aspects of its acquisition of BUT, the largest furniture retailer network in France, in a 50:50 partnership with WM Holding, a company related to the XXXLutz Group.
    • NLMK in its $700 million Eurobond offering of 4.5% loan participation notes due 2023, and a related tender offer for its outstanding notes due 2018 and 2019 for the aggregate principal amount of $571 million.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in tax aspects of its acquisition of Kalle, and the related financing.
    • Norilsk Nickel in its $1 billion Eurobond offering of 6.625% notes due 2022.
    • Pernod Ricard in its €500 million offering of 1.875% notes due 2023.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the sale of an approximately 12% stake in B&M for £408 million.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in tax and related financing aspects of its approximately £500 million acquisition, alongside management, of Motor Fuel Group.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the sale of an approximately 12% stake in B&M for £384 million.
    • SPIE in the €2.16 billion refinancing of its existing debt.
    • Baring Private Equity Asia on fund, tax structuring and intercompany financing matters related to the $304 million initial public offering of Nord Anglia Education and a related debt refinancing for the Nord Anglia group.
    • Oaktree Capital Management in the finance aspects of its restructuring of its investment in Viken, a distressed Norwegian shipping group.
    • The executive management and certain other shareholders of Arrow Global Group in the company's £357 million initial public offering.
    • Norilsk Nickel in its debut $750 million Eurobond offering of 4.375% notes due 2018.
    • Uralkali in its debut $650 million Eurobond offering of 3.723% notes due 2018.
    • Polyus Gold international in its debut $750 million Eurobond offering of 5.625% notes due 2020.
    • Rexel in its concurrent €650 million offering of 5.125% senior notes and $500 million offering of 5.250% senior notes, both due 2020.
    • Bureau Veritas in its €7 billion initial public offering and listing on Euronext Paris.
    • Catlin Insurance Company in its innovative hybrid capital issuance of $600 million of Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Shares.
    • Culligan in its $900 million leveraged recapitalization.
    • Exova in its £155 million high-yield offering of 10.5% senior notes.
    • HarbourVest Global Private Equity in the $830 million global initial public offering and listing on Euronext Amsterdam of its managed fund-of-funds vehicle, including the acquisition of $679 million of existing limited partnership interests.
    • Novae Group in its return of £32.9 million of surplus capital to shareholders through an innovative B and C share scheme.
    • Rexel in its $400 million offering of senior notes due 2019, its offering of €500 million of senior unsecured notes due 2018, its offering of €650 million of 8.25% senior notes due 2016 and in its €1 billion initial public offering.