Kirkland & Ellis International LLP and Gattai Minoli & Partners represent Bain Capital LLC and Italian private equity firm Clessidra SGR SpA in their definitive agreement announced on January 2, 2013, to sell Cerved Group SpA, Italy's leading provider of business credit information, to CVC Capital Partners. The transaction is valued at €1.13 billion ($1.49 billion) and its closing is subject to customary competition clearances.
The Kirkland team was led by London-based corporate partners Rory Mullarkey, Sam Pakbaz and Justin T. Hutchinson, finance partners Neel V. Sachdev and Victoria Pickett, tax partner Ian Taplin and antitrust partner Pierre Dubois. The Gattai Minoli & Partners team was led by partners Bruno Gattai and Cataldo Piccarreta, with partner Gaetano Carrello assisting on finance matters.
Separately, Kirkland and Gattai Minoli & Partners teams advised CVC Capital Partners on the financing for the deal. The Kirkland team was led by London-based corporate partners Ward McKimm, Phil Crump and Sam Norris, whereas the Gattai Minoli & Partners team was led by partner Valerio Fontanesi.
A press release about the deal is available here.