Clifford Chance Scoops Law Firm of the Year in Europe (Transactions) Win – Hong Kong, London: Leading international law firm Clifford Chance is pleased to announce it has been voted “Law Firm of the Year in Europe (transactions)” for the 13th consecutive year and “Law Firm of the Year in Asia (transactions)” for the 2nd consecutive year by more than 40,000 readers of Private Equity International. The awards reflect the industry’s view as they are independent with no sponsorship or judging panel involved.

Simon Cooke, Partner and Co-Head of Clifford Chance Asia Pacific Private Equity comments, “We are honoured to be recognised as the leading transactional private equity practice in Asia Pacific. This is reflective of our ongoing commitment to the private equity sector generally, and in particular to our valued clients across the region.”

Oliver Felsenstein, Global Head of Private Equity at Clifford Chance, adds, “Winning awards for private equity transactions in both Europe and Asia Pacific attests to the strength of our client offerings worldwide. We have a robust network of expertise to support both local and global private equity clients across a full range of services in this sector. In particular, these awards mean a lot to us as they were voted for by clients and industry peers.”

2014 has started on a strong note reflected in the recent announcement where Clifford Chance is advising Carlyle on its USD1.93 billion acquisition of ADT Korea from Tyco. Select private equity deals from 2013 include advising:

  • Asia Outsourcing Gamma Limited, a company controlled by CVC Capital Partners, on its purchase of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company’s Business Process Outsourcing business.
  • Cinven on the €1.49 billion purchase of CeramTec, a subsidiary of US-based Rockwood Holdings.
  • Electra Partners on the US$1.3 billion sale of Allflex to BC Partners. Allflex is the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of animal identification tags.
  • Emma Capital on the €712 million acquisition by Emma Delta of a controlling stake in Greek gaming monopoly, OPAP, and on the groundbreaking €400 million high yield financing – the first known instance where high yield notes were used to finance the purchase of a non-majority stake in a publicly listed company.
  • HgCapital on an agreement to acquire 91.85% of the outstanding shares in P&I Personal & Informatik Aktiengesellschaft, Wiesbaden, from The Carlyle Group.
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its subscription for 14.9% of the issued share capital of Peak Reinsurance Holdings at an aggregate subscription price of US$81,950,000. The Firm also advised IFC on regulatory issues pertaining to the licensing requirements of the Insurance Authority of Hong Kong.
  • Macquarie Everbright Greater China Infrastructure Fund L.P. on its RMB271.25 million investment in a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Stock Exchange listed Hengyang Petrochemical Logistics Limited.
  • Permira on the £300 million acquisition of Dr Martens, makers of the iconic footwear.
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