August 01, 2014
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges is advising Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and ING on the financing of EQT’s acquisition of Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (BvD) from Charterhouse Capital Partners. BvD is a leading publisher of private company information and corporate ownership structures, and is known for products such as Orbis, Bankscope, Amadeus, Mint and Zephyr.
Weil’s team is being led by London banking partner Mark Donald, with assistance from associates Kirsteen Nicol, Patrick Brendon and trainee associate Luke O’Leary. Associate Trina Bose is advising on corporate aspects.
The deal was announced on July 29, 2014 and is expected to complete in September 2014, subject to customary antitrust approvals.
This deal is one of a number of high-profile European situations that the London Banking team have advised on in the last six months. Further recent mandates include: the $1.54 billion financing of Hony Capital’s acquisition of Pizza Express, led by Patrick Bright and Mark Donald; Findus Group on its high yield PIK note issuance; the $10bn financing for the merger of the coffee business of Mondelēz International and D.E Master Blenders 1753, involving Chris McLaughlin in London and Daniel Dokos and Douglas Urquhart in New York; the multi-billion Euro financing for Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking's acquisition of Flint Group led by Chris McLaughlin; the lenders on Advent International and Bain Capital’s $3.1 billion acquisition of Nordic payment company, Nets, led by Mark Donald; and the lenders on Hellman & Friedman's €1.7 billion acquisition of German online marketplace retailer, Scout24, led by James Hogben.