Private Equity

  • August 3, 2015

    2 Firms Dominate July IPO Activity With Hefty Listings

    Two law firms stood out from the crowd in July, steering the two largest initial public offerings — priced by a private equity-backed pet food maker and a clean-energy yieldco — even as the month proved to be challenging for new issuers.

  • August 3, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Petco, BASF, Syngenta, Third Point, Suzuki

    Petco Animal Supplies Inc. has hired Goldman Sachs to look into a sale or initial public offering for the company, while German chemicals company BASF SE lines up a loan package from banks in anticipation of making a takeover offer for Syngenta AG, as U.S. activist investor Third Point LLC picks up a stake in Japanese auto maker Suzuki Motor Corp.

  • August 3, 2015

    New Top M&A Adviser In July As Firms Avoid Summer Slump

    There have been no summer doldrums this year in the world of mergers and acquisitions, as five law firms advised on more than $70 billion worth of deals in July, with one firm leading the pack thanks to its work on 10 transactions worth a total of $100.3 billion.

  • August 3, 2015

    Aussie Investment Firm Raises $800M For Infrastructure Fund

    Australian institutional investment manager QIC, which offers real estate and private equity investments along with infrastructure investments, has raised more than AU$1 billion ($800 million) following the first close of its global infrastructure fund, the firm said on Monday.

  • August 3, 2015

    Cybersecurity Co. Zscaler Raises $100M In Financing Round

    California-based cybersecurity company Zscaler Inc. on Monday said it closed a $100 million financing round led by private investment firm TPG, as the demand for security technology continues to grow in light of recent data breaches and attacks online.

  • August 3, 2015

    Chinese Rental Site Raises $300M In Financing Round

    Chinese short-term home rental site has raised $300 million in its most recent round of financing, valuing the company at $1 billion, the company said on Monday.

  • August 3, 2015

    Real Estate Rumors: Simplex, Shanghai, Restoration Hardware

    Japanese asset manager Simplex Investment Advisors has reportedly attracted bids from Blackstone Group LP and Fortress Investment Group in a sale that could see it trade for more than $1 billion, while Cheung Kong Property Holdings is said to be shopping a $3.22 billion Shanghai mall and office development, and Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. reportedly prepping to launch its first branded hotel in Manhattan.

  • August 3, 2015

    Wilson Sonsini Snags 2 Corp. Partners From K&L Gates

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC said Monday it has recruited two former K&L Gates LLP partners, experienced in advising technology companies, asset management firms, venture capital, private equity and real estate funds on federal securities laws and related regulations, to bolster its Washington, D.C., office.

  • July 31, 2015

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan, Wachtell, MoFo

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Sullivan & Cromwell guides Teva’s $40.5 billion deal for Allergan's generic-drug business while McGraw Hill Financial taps Wachtell for its $2.2 billion acquisition of private equity-owned data and information provider SNL Financial.

  • July 31, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, Carlyle, Coca-Cola

    Uber has just closed a new funding round that values it at a whopping $51 billion, private equity giant The Carlyle Group has parted ways with the founders of its Vermillion commodity hedge fund, and three bottlers of Coca-Cola products in Europe have entered advanced talks on a merger.

  • July 31, 2015

    10 IPOs Targeting $1.4B Ready To Rock 1st Week Of August

    A total of 10 companies — two energy companies, two health-conscious private equity-backed companies, four life sciences companies and two holdovers — are ready to go public during the first week of August, together targeting $1.4 billion before an end-of-summer slowdown.

  • July 31, 2015

    Bohai Bids $2.6B To Buy Avolon After 2nd Suitor Emerges

    Bohai Leasing Co. Ltd. has offered to acquire the entirety of Avolon Holdings Ltd. for about $2.55 billion, Avolon confirmed on Friday, after an undisclosed bidder emerged to usurp Bohai’s original bid to buy a 20 percent stake in the private equity-backed airline lessor.

  • July 31, 2015

    SunOpta To Pay $450M For Calif. Frozen Fruit Supplier

    Canadian organic food seller SunOpta Inc. has agreed to buy California-based frozen fruit processor Sunrise Growers for $450 million from a group of investors led by affiliates of Paine & Partners LLC, SunOpta said on Friday.

  • July 31, 2015

    Kirkland Finance Pro Joins McDermott As Partner In Chicago

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has nabbed an experienced finance lawyer from Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in its Chicago-based corporate group, the firm said on Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2015

    DHS Wants Suit Over Investor Visa Denials Tossed

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security moved Thursday to throw out a lawsuit claiming it capriciously denied EB-5 investor visas to more than a dozen U.S. resident aliens, telling a D.C. federal judge there was no real risk the individuals could lose their investment funds.

  • July 31, 2015

    Berry Plastics Drops $2.5B For Blackstone-Backed Avintiv

    Berry Plastics Group Inc. on Friday said that it will buy Blackstone-backed Avintiv Inc. for $2.45 billion, creating a global power in plastics packaging and specialty materials and marking another large private equity exit as buyout firms continue to sell assets.

  • July 31, 2015

    WPP, Providence Take Chime Comm. Private In $584M Deal

    Private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC and advertising company WPP PLC will team up to take communications and sports marketing group Chime Communications PLC private in a deal worth £374 million ($584 million), Chime said Friday.

  • July 30, 2015

    Walnut Creek Continues Fight Against Optim's Ch. 11 Plan

    Walnut Creek Mining Co. announced Wednesday it would appeal Optim Energy LLC's recently confirmed Chapter 11 plan and urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to put the power plant operator's restructuring on hold while it takes its challenge up the legal ladder.

  • July 30, 2015

    Rise Of Crossover Rounds: More Biotechs Eye Late-Stage Cash

    A growing number of life sciences companies are locking down crossover financing rounds shortly before kicking off their initial public offering plans, a move that’s helping to fuel strong listings in the space, experts say.

  • July 30, 2015

    V&E Adds Ex-Bracewell Partner To Energy Transactions Team

    Vinson & Elkins LLP this week strengthened its energy transactions team in Houston with the addition of a partner from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, the firm announced on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • London Calling: On The Cusp Of A UK Biotech Revolution

    Mark E. Thompson

    The question for those who have had a hand in the biotech market for a long time is no longer whether the U.K. will deliver on its biotech promise, but when. The money has become more organized, the government has started to take steps to create an affirmative place for action, and the universities are getting better at facilitating the commercialization of research, say attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Assessing Unitranche Financing In Europe And Germany

    Dr. Jens Linde

    In the last few years, unitranche financing has been heralded as the new trend in European corporate financing and as an alternative to traditional bank financing. But, when analyzed, does unitranche financing in the European and German markets live up to expectations? ask Dr. Jens Linde and Michael Schuhmacher of P&P Pollath & Partners.

  • A Study Of Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions: Part 3

    Philip Richter

    One of the key practice points arising out of recent decisions in Merlin v. Autoinfo, Owen v. Cannon, and Longpath v. Ramtron is that an acquiror should outline in some detail the cost savings expected from a merger. References to anticipated savings embedded in assumptions for projections or in an investment memorandum may not be sufficient, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • A Study Of Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions: Part 2

    Steven Epstein

    The Delaware Chancery Court now primarily or exclusively relies on the merger price to determine fair value when the merger price is a particularly reliable indication of value and the standard financial valuation analyses — discounted cash flow and comparables — are particularly unreliable. All of the recent cases meeting these parameters have involved disinterested transactions, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Why Investors Are Worried About Intra-EU BITs

    Tomas Varga

    The European Commission recently initiated infringement proceedings against five European Union member states for intra-EU bilateral investment treaties that were allegedly incompatible with EU law. Neither the states concerned nor the potential investors likely to be affected by these proceedings are particularly content about this development, says Tomas Varga at Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • A Study Of Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions: Part 1

    Philip Richter

    In a break with past practice, several times in recent months, the Delaware Chancery Court has relied primarily or exclusively on the merger price to determine fair value in appraisal cases. However, we note that the court’s reliance on merger price is still limited, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Mid-2015 Restructuring Review: Europe And Emerging Markets

    Stephen Phillips

    Opportunities for distressed debt funds to buy attractively priced distressed corporate assets have been few and far between in recent terms, but do not expect activity levels to be quiet forever. One market that funds have been eyeing closely is Italy, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: The Problem With 3rd-Party Litigation Financing

    Lisa Rickard

    Manipulating gender disparity in the service of hawking a flawed investment product does nothing but trivialize a serious and important issue. The tortured logic in Burford Capital LLC’s recent plug for third-party litigation financing is nothing more than a marketing ploy to boost revenues, says Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

  • Where’s The Exit? New Opportunities In China For PE Firms

    Dean Collins

    With a deepening of China’s A-share market, it has become more attractive for private equity firms to sell their interest in a portfolio company to a Chinese listed company, although it has been unclear how, on account of regulatory constraints, this could be achieved for foreign sellers. A recent transaction has thrown interesting light on this issue, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • 2nd Circ. Cites Creditor Risks In Involuntary Bankruptcy

    Michael L. Cook

    Creditors are often tempted to file an involuntary bankruptcy petition against their debtor as a way to compel the payment of a debt. But as a recent Second Circuit affirmation in the TPG Troy LLC case shows, the involuntary bankruptcy petition is not just another collection device, says Michael Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.