Claire Consoli’s practice focuses on corporate matters, with a particular interest in complex cross-border transactions. Her experience includes public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising on a range of debt and equity capital markets transactions.
Ms. Consoli’s M&A experience includes advising:
- Hg in its acquisition of a 50% stake in The Citation Group from KKR & Co., Inc.;
- Waypoint GP Limited, an investment fund created by the Bertarelli family, in its €730 million take-private acquisition of Stallergenes Greer plc;
- Nokia Corporation in the sale and transfer of its IP Video business to Volaris Group Inc. as part of their joint venture to launch Velocix, a new pure play streaming technology company;
- Nikkei Inc. in its US$1.3 billion acquisition of Financial Times Group Ltd. from Pearson plc;
- the majority shareholders of Eurasia Drilling Company in its take-private and US$1.7 billion sale to Schlumberger and in connection with the proposed acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the company by Schlumberger Limited;
- Janus Capital Group Inc. in its all-stock merger of equals with Henderson Group plc;
- Corporation Service Company, Inc. in its acquisition of NetNames Group from HgCapital and certain management sellers; and
- Pfizer Inc. in its proposed US$115 billion acquisition of Astra-Zeneca.
Ms. Consoli’s capital markets experience includes advising:
- Pfizer Inc. on the establishment of a US$15 billion euro commercial paper programme;
- Globalworth Real Estate Investment Limited in its €265 million follow-on Rule 144/Regulation S offering of common shares on the London Exchange;
- TMF Group plc, a portfolio company of U.K.-based DH Private Equity Partners, in its proposed initial public offering and admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List, and admission to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange;
- Hochschild Mining plc in a £65 million rights issue. The shares were admitted to the premium listing segment of the London Stock Exchange;
- Ecolab Inc. in establishing and updating its US$2 billion multiissuer Euro-Commercial Paper Program, which was granted a STEP label;
- HellermannTyton Group plc in its £420 million initial public offering and admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List of the U.K. Financial Services Authority and admission to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange; and
- The Arab Republic of Egypt on three separate sovereign bond offerings, raising in aggregate in excess of US$6 billion.
Ms. Consoli completed a six-month secondment to the IBD legal team at Credit Suisse, where she worked on the IPO of Imperial Tobacco’s European logistics business, which listed in Spain, as well as the flotation of Natixis’ credit insurance subsidiary Coface on Euronext in Paris.