April 30, 2020
Weil has won two awards at the 2020 IFLR Europe awards for advising on some of the most complex and innovative transactions in Europe last year.
Weil was highlighted for its role acting on the Inmarsat take-private, which was awarded Private Equity Deal of the Year. The Firm advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board as a consortium member (together with Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board) in the consortium's £4.1 billion take-private of Inmarsat plc, the U.K. satellite company. This was one of the largest U.K. take-privates of 2019. The team was led by Private Equity partner Simon Lyell, supported by senior consultant Ian Hamilton and Antitrust/Competition counsel Neil Rigby in London, and International Arbitration & Trade partner Ted Posner in Washington, D.C.
Weil was also recognized for its role on the High Yield Deal of the Year, advising Bain Capital on the €1.5 billion senior secured and senior notes to finance its acquisition of Kantar from WPP plc. The High Yield element of the transaction was led by Banking & Finance partner Patrick Bright and associates Christopher Wall, Antony Serban and Sandra Fadel. The wider Private Equity and Banking aspects were advised on by global Private Equity practice Co-Head Marco Compagnoni, Banking & Finance partner Tom Richards, Private Equity partner Lewis Blakey, and associates Martin Weatherston-Wilson, Adam Faulkner, Nicholas Krendel, Edward Hyde and Abgail Kalonga.
The IFLR Europe 2020 Awards recognize legal innovation in cross-border transactions across Europe which were completed in 2019.