16 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Allen & Overy has advised 3i and Veronis Suhler Stevenson (‘VSS’) on the €1.825 billion sale of YBR group to a consortium led by Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and including Macquarie Bank Limited, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Nikko Principal Investments Limited.
The Allen & Overy team was led by Amsterdam private equity partner Karine Kodde, assisted by associates Pieter Janssen, Robert Hartog and Martin Plak, as well as London-based associate Lucy Williams. Also advising on the deal was partner Mikulas Touska and associate Silvie Horackova in the Czech Republic, associate Ludmila Borlokova in Slovakia, associates Jean-Patrice Labautiere, Matthieu Odet and Christine Hillig-Poudevigne in France and associate Piotr Drzazga in Poland.
Commenting Karine Kodde said: “Allen & Overy advised 3i and VSS on the original acquisition and the subsequent consolidation and refinancing of the various telephone directories businesses to form YBR. We are, therefore delighted, to also be instructed on its divestment. It was exciting to assist 3i and VSS on this very competitive sales process that was concluded in an extremely short time period.”