M&A and Joint Ventures

Helene's experience in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures includes:

  • Datalogic IPTECH, s.r.l., in the $600 million acquisition of Intermec by Honeywell, both manufacturers of 2D scan engines, resulting in a consent order requiring Honeywell and Intermec to license their 2D scan engine patents to Datalogic, as well as a worldwide covenant not to sue for 12 years.
  • Annie’s, Inc., a natural and organic food company with a widely recognized brand, before the FTC in its $820 million sale to General Mills, Inc. to join General Mills’ U.S. natural and organic products portfolio.
  • Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, in its acquisition of Brunswick Corporation’s bowling center business, including 85 centers in the U.S. and Canada, for $270 million.
  • Continuum Health Partners before the FTC in its merger with Mt. Sinai Medical Center, creating the largest health care system in New York City, and one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the country.
  • Sanofi, through its U.S. Consumer Healthcare Division Chattem, in securing antitrust clearance of the acquisition of an exclusive license from UCB Biopharma SPRL under the Xyzal (the Rx brand of levocetirizine dihydrochloride) trademark, and other relevant intellectual property rights for the commercialization of products in the over-the-counter field in the United States and its territories and possessions, as well as a non-exclusive license to all UCB intellectual property to manufacture products outside of the Territory for exploitation of the products in the OTC field in the United States.
    • and through its U.S. Consumer Healthcare Division Chattem, in securing antitrust clearance for the acquisition of the worldwide rights to the Rolaids brand from McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
    • in securing antitrust clearance for its $20.1 billion acquisition of Genzyme.
    • in securing antitrust clearance for its $1.9 billion acquisition of Chattem Inc.
    • in securing antitrust clearance for its $4 billion purchase of Merck & Co’s 50% stake in its Animal Health joint venture.
  • Tyman Plc, a London-based building product supplier, before the Federal Trade Commission in its $200 million acquisition of Truth Hardware Corp. of Minnesota, from its parent company Melrose Industries PLC, a London investment firm.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. in securing antitrust clearance for its $554 million acquisition of Cost Plus, Inc.
  • Fifth Street Finance Corp., in securing antitrust clearance for its acquisition of Healthcare Finance Group, LLC, a specialty lender providing asset-based lending and term loan products to the healthcare industry.
  • Hexpol A.B., the world's largest rubber compounder, in securing antitrust clearance for its $89.2 million acquisition of Robbins Holdings Inc., one of its biggest rivals.
  • Accor S.A. in securing antitrust clearance for its $1.9 billion sale of its United States Economy Hotels Division (including Motel 6 and Studio 6) to Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII.
  • CBS in securing antitrust clearance for its joint venture with Warner Bros Entertainment to form the CW Network.
    • and in securing antitrust clearance for its $1.525 billion sale of its Power Generation business to Siemens AG.
    • in securing antitrust clearance for its $6.5 billion purchase of Outdoor Systems Inc. Obtained antitrust clearance after negotiating a favorable settlement with DOJ.
  • Simmons Company, a portfolio company of THL Partners, in securing antitrust clearance for its $758 million sale to Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
    • and in securing antitrust clearance for its $115 million acquisition of Simmons Canada Inc., from SCI Income Trust.
    • in securing antitrust clearance for its sale of Sleep Country USA (retail sales unit of Simmons Company) to The Sleep Train, Inc.
  • MHI in securing antitrust clearance for its 'next generation' nuclear power stations joint venture with Areva.
  • GAF in securing antitrust clearance for its joint venture with Johns Manville.
  • Dresser Industries in securing antitrust clearance for its $7.7 billion sale to Halliburton Co.
  • American Airlines in securing antitrust clearance for its $6 billion acquisition of TWA without any divestiture or other remedy.
    • and in securing antitrust clearance for its purchase of TWA's Heathrow routes/slots.
  • General Electric Co. in securing antitrust clearance for the formation of its $8 billion global finance joint venture with Mubadala Development Co.
  • UnitedHealth Group in securing antitrust clearance for its approximately $8.1 billion merger with PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. Obtained antitrust clearance after negotiating a favorable settlement with DOJ.
    • and in securing antitrust clearance for its $2.95 billion acquisition of Mid Atlantic Medical Services.
  • SF Holdings Group, Inc./Sweetheart Cup in securing antitrust clearance for its sale to Solo Cup Co.
  • Millennium Chemicals Inc. in securing antitrust clearance for its $2.3 billion sale to Lyondell Chemical Company.
  • Genmar Holdings Inc. in securing antitrust clearance for its sales of certain lines to Brunswick Corporation.
  • Education Media Publishing Group, parent of leading textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin, in securing antitrust clearance for its $4 billion acquisition of a direct competitor, the Harcourt Education, Harcourt Trade, and Greenwood-Heinemann divisions of Reed Elsevier. Obtained early termination from DOJ without divestitures only four months after notification of the transaction.
  • L'Oreal S.A. in securing antitrust clearance for its $743 million acquisition of Maybelline, as well as its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Matrix division and Carson, Inc.
  • DIRECTV Group Inc. in securing antitrust clearance for its $938 million acquisition of the direct broadcast satellite business of Pegasus Satellite Television, Inc.
  • Six Flags Entertainment Corp. in securing antitrust clearance for its $145 million sale of its Cedar Point amusement park to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation in securing antitrust clearance for its $5 billion acquisition of CBS Corporation.
    • and in securing antitrust clearance for sale of its Electronic Systems group to Northrop Grumman Corp., its sale of portions of its Electrical Systems Division to Sundstrand, its sale of its Distribution and Control Business to Eaton Corp., and its purchase of Norden Division of UT.
  • Jenny Craig Inc. in securing antitrust clearance for its $600 million sale to Nestle S.A. (owner of Lean Cuisine brand).
  • Willis Group Holdings Limited in securing antitrust clearance for its $2.1 billion acquisition of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Company.