Simpson Thacher Represents Barclays Capital Inc. in Follow-on Offering of 8,000,000 Shares of Common Stock of Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc.

The Firm recently represented Barclays Capital Inc. (“Barclays”) as underwriter in connection with a registered public offering of 8,000,000 shares of common stock of Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (“Bright Horizons”). Bright Horizons concurrently repurchased 4,500,000 of the shares from Barclays. A total of approximately $358.5 million in proceeds was raised in the offering. Affiliates of Bain Capital Partners, LLC and certain other selling stockholders received all of the proceeds from the offering.
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OnDeck Raises $200 Million in IPO, Valued at $1.3 Billion

​On Deck Capital, Inc., a leading online platform for small business lending, priced its initial public offering at $20 per share on December 16, 2014, valuing the company at $1.3 billion – the largest venture-backed tech company IPO in New York based on market cap at pricing. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on December 22, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
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Hunton & Williams Advises Dynacast International in $1.1B Transaction

Hunton & Williams LLP advised Dynacast International in a $1.1 billion transaction in which Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, will acquire a controlling stake in the firm. Dynacast is a global manufacturer of small, highly complex metal components.
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Davis Polk Advises Dynacast on Its Acquisition by Partners Group

Davis Polk is advising Dynacast International and its primary private equity owners, including Izurium Capital Management, W Capital Management and Laurel Crown Partners, in connection with the $1.1 billion acquisition of a controlling stake by Partners Group. The transaction has fully committed financing from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays and Macquarie Capital, and is expected to close in February 2015.
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Shearman & Sterling Advises ARX on Acquisition of Controlling Interest by The Progressive Corporation

Shearman & Sterling is advising ARX Holding Corp., the parent company of American Strategic Insurance Corp. (ASI), on the sale of a controlling position to The Progressive Corporation for approximately $875 million in cash. The shares will be purchased primarily from non-management shareholders and will bring Progressive’s interest in the company to approximately 67%, up from the 5% interest it has held since 2012. ASI will continue to operate as a separate company under its current management team. The transaction is expected to close by April 1, 2015, subject to closing conditions. Additionally, Progressive expects to purchase the remaining shares of the company over the next six years.
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Paul Hastings Advises Banks in Financing the $1.24 billion Acquisition of DSS Group, Inc. by Cott Corporation

Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, represented the banks in connection with certain aspects of the financing of the $1.24 billion acquisition of DSS Group, Inc., the parent company of DS Services of America Inc., by Cott Corporation, one of the world’s largest producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors. Paul Hastings represented Barclays, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank in connection with their commitments to provide debt financing in connection with the transaction. Paul Hastings also represented Barclays, as solicitation agent, in connection with the solicitation of consents by DS Services of America, Inc. from holders of DSS Group, Inc.’s 10.00% Second Priority Senior Secured Notes due 2021 related to certain amendments to the indenture governing such notes.
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Fiat Chrysler’s $3.975 Billion Registered Common Shares and Registered Convertible Debt Offerings

Cravath represented the underwriters, led by J.P. Morgan Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Barclays and UBS Investment Bank, in connection with the US$1.1 billion registered offering of common shares and the US$2.875 billion registered offering of mandatory convertible securities of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., the seventh largest automaker in the world. The transactions closed on December 16, 2014.
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Cahill Represents Citi in Common Stock Offering by Nielsen

Cahill represented Citi as sole book-running manager in connection with the secondary public offering of 20,000,000 shares of common stock by Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN), resulting in gross proceeds of $857,600,000. The selling stockholders received all of the proceeds of the sale.

Imperial Tobacco to Acquire Brands and Assets for $7.1 Billion from Reynolds American as Part of Its $27.4 Billion Acquisition of Lorillard

Davis Polk is advising Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited as sole sponsor and joint financial adviser to Imperial Tobacco Group PLC on its $7.1 billion acquisition of U.S. cigarette brands Winston, Maverick, Kool, Salem and U.S. and international e-cigarette blu, plus other assets, from Reynolds American Inc. as part of its $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard Inc. A circular seeking shareholder approval of the transaction was published by Imperial Tobacco on December 15, 2014. The transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2015, is subject to shareholder and certain regulatory approvals.
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Shearman & Sterling Advises Lenders on Los Ramones Sur Gas Pipeline

Shearman & Sterling acted as lenders’ counsel for the Pemex and GDF Suez consortium in connection with the approximately $890 million senior secured financing related to the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Los Ramones Sur gas transportation system. The new system will be comprised of a new natural gas pipeline of approximately 291.5 km in length and 42 inches in diameter and approximately 15.5 km of 16 inch diameter pipeline to be located in central Mexico, commencing at the point of interconnection with the Los Ramones II (Norte) Project located in the Municipality of Villa Hidalgo in the State of San Luis Potosi and terminating at the interconnection point with the 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline owned by PGPB located in the Municipality of Apaseo El Alto in the State of Guanajuato.
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