Deals tracker: Freshfields

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Deals tracker: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Date Client Matter Deal value Details
15 Oct 15 McCarthy & Stone McCarthy & Stone IPO    
18 Sep 15 Goldman Sachs Worldpay IPO   Private equity firms Advent International and Bain Capital own Worldpay
17 Sep 15 AB InBev AB InBev and SABMiller’s merger £150bn  
17 Sep 15 Hastings Hastings IPO   Hastings plans to raise around £180m in preparation for admission to the main market of the LSE in October 2015.
7 Sep 15 MBK Partners Tesco’s sale of Homeplus £4.2bn  
28 Aug 15 North Sea Midstream Partners Total sells North Sea midstream assets £585m  
26 Aug 15 Betfair Betfair and Paddy Power merger £5bn  
25 Aug 15 Zurich insurance RSA sale to Zurich Insurance £5bn  
12 Aug 15 Pearson Pearson’s sale of The Economist £469m The same Freshfields team advised Pearson less than a month previously on its £844m sale of the Financial Times to Nikkei. 
12 Aug 15 Partnership Assurance Pensions annuities merger  £668m  
11 Aug 15 VimpelCom VimpelCom and CK Hutchison announce Italian telecoms deal €21.8bn  
23 Jul 15 Pearson Pearson’s sale of FT to Nikkei £844m The sale, which includes the FT newspaper,, How to Spend It, FT Labs, FTChinese, the Confidentials and Financial Publishing.
17 Jul 15 888 Holdings and bwin £900m Earlier in July, GVC Holdings submitted a proposal to buy for £900m
10 Jul 15 GVC acquisition of £900m GVC is funding the transaction with Amaya, understood to be seeking advice from Greenberg Traurig Maher
9 Jul 15 Coty P&G and Coty beauty business merger $12.5bn The merger is expected to create one of the largest beauty companies in the world.
16 Jun 15 ENOC ENOC’s acquisition of Dragon Oil  £3.7bn Dubai-based Dragon Oil is already 53.9 per cent owned by ENOC.
8 Jun 15 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills BIS sells remaining £1.5bn stake in Royal Mail £1.5bn The sale will complete the privatisation of the Royal Mail.
4 Jun 15 Sophos Sophos IPO $100m  
29 May 15 Telecity Equinix’s acquisition of Telecity £2.3bn Telecity hosts the websites of big name brands such as Walkers, Spotify and Toys R Us. 
15 May 15 Integrated Diagnostics Holdings Diagnostics Holdings IPO $668m  
14 May 15 UK Government SNCF acquisition of Eurostar N/A Followed UK government’s sale of its stake in Eurostar to a consortium represented by Clifford Chance
8 Apr 15 BG Group Sale of BG Group to Shell £47bn Represented the company in both US, UK and Dutch legal matters during the deal
5 Mar 15 HM Treasury Government’s sale of Eurostar stake £585.1m  
19 Feb 15 Rexam Ball Corporation’s acquisition of Rexam £4.3bn First time instruction for Freshfields from Rexam, who usually turn to Allen & Overy
6 Feb 15 Underwriters DFS IPO    
3 Feb 15 Holcim Holcim and Lafarge sell off assets before merger €6.5bn Construction giants Holcim and Lafarge sell off assets ahead of their €40bn merger
28 Jan 15 Hutchison Whampoa Hutchison Whampoa’s acquisition of O2 £10.25bn If the deal overcomes competition hurdles it would create the UK’s largest mobile group
19 Jan 15 John Laing John Laing IPO   First time instruction for Freshfields by John Laing
16 Dec 14 BT BT’s acquisition of EE £12.5bn Latest in a flurry of bumper telecoms M&A deals
4 Dec 14 CVC Sale of Sky’s betting business to CVC Up to £800m  
5 Nov 14 United Biscuits United Biscuits sale to Yildiz Holding £2bn One of the largest private equity deals of the year
28 Oct 14 Monarch Monarch restructuring   Monarch instructed Freshfields rather than its go-to advisers Bird & Bird on the deal
27 Oct 14 CVC CVC’s acquisition of Paroc €700m  
17 Oct 14 Heathrow Airport Holdings Sale of three Heathrow airports to a consortium formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie £1bn Deal allows HAH to focus on its hub at Heathrow and winning support for a third runway
29 Sep 14 GIC Carlyle’s sale of RAC to Singaporean soveriegn wealth fund GIC   Carlyle was expected to float RAC on the stock exchange but chose to sell, following a dual track process.
21 Jul 14 Liberty Global Acquisition of a stake in ITV £481m Freshfields previously advised Liberty Global on the acquistion of Hollyoaks and Midsomer Murders production ompany All3Media 
19 Jun 14 Zoopla Zoopla’s IPO £919m Unusual exclusive members agreement whereby Zoopla’s estate agent clients were offered the chance to purchase shares at a discounted price.
13 Jun 14 Underwriters B&M’s IPO £2.9bn The biggest London listing of 2014 so far.
14 May 14 Liberty Global Acquisition (with Discovery Communications) of All3Media £550m Ropes & Gray also acted for Liberty Global.
12 May 14 Saga Saga’s IPO £3bn Saga is a new client for Freshfields.
29 Apr 14 AstraZeneca Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca £60bn Would be one of the global drugs industry’s largest-ever deals, and biggest foreign acquisition of a British company. Freshfields has longstanding relationship with AstraZeneca

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