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European Financial Sponsors Group

European Financial Sponsors Group

The case for independent, conflict-free corporate finance advice becomes ever more compelling in times of turbulence in the financial markets. Addressing the challenges and capturing the opportunities thrown up during periods of uncertainty requires a consistent and unprejudiced approach.

At Close Brothers Corporate Finance our international reach, impartiality and sector expertise enables us to maximise value for our financial sponsor clients. It is what sets us apart from other advisers. Our range of advisory services is long-established and covers the following disciplines: · Mergers and acquisitions; · Debt advice; · Financial restructurings; · Pension scheme negotiations; and · IPOs The integrated nature of our advisory platform allows us to give advice that makes a genuine difference. We regularly pull together multi-disciplined teams to deliver transactions for clients ­ for example, M&A and debt advisory working together in acquisition and disposal situations; triple track IPO / disposal / recapitalisation processes to maximise certainty of outcome; or running disposals to a tight timetable as part of the solution in a balance sheet restructuring. Our in-depth sector knowledge enables us to introduce creative investment opportunities. And to present value maximising exit strategies; introducing the right buyers at the right stage of the investment lifecycle. Our truly global reach, through Close Brothers International, with 28 offices in 24 countries spanning Europe, the USA and Asia, means we can advise private equity clients anywhere in the world. And source buyers, acquisition opportunities and finance providers in even the most challenging market conditions.

Contacts

UK

Simon Tilley Managing Director +44 (0)20 7655 3105 [email protected] Nuala Higgins Associate Director +44 (0)20 7655 3188 [email protected]

Germany

Sascha Pfeiffer Managing Director +49 69 97 20 04 21 [email protected]

Spain

Pablo Cervera Managing Director +34 915 241 124 [email protected]

France

George Elliston Managing Director +33 1 42 12 49 05 [email protected]

Italy

Marco Forasassi Managing Director +39 02 8597 9264 [email protected]

If you would like to learn more about Close Brothers and how we can work with you then any of the people listed above would be pleased to discuss your requirements in confidence. To find out more information about Close Brothers, go to www.cbcf.com

A selection of our recent European financial sponsor transactions

Advisers to HgCapital on disposal to Imagem music

£205m Balance Sheet Restructuring £82.5m Disposal of Corporatewear Division April 2008

Acquisition Finance

Advised HgCapital on sale to Veronis Suhler Stevenson

Valued at £126m April 2008

Value not disclosed March 2008

Valued at £120m February 2008

Advised Atria Capital Partners on the sale of SGCC to the Tiama Group Value not disclosed February 2008

Advised Astorg Partners on disposal of Groupe Pizza Pino

Advised HgCapital on sale to PZ Cussons

Advised Argantis on debt facilities to acquire W.I.S

Value not disclosed January 2008

Valued at £75m January 2008

Value not disclosed January 2008

Advised Graphite Capital on the acquisition of Alexander Mann Solutions Valued at £100m December 2007

Advised Arsys.es on sale to Mercapital & Carlyle

Advised on sale to Argan Capital Valued at 138m December 2007

Advised Ciclad on sale of Matebat

Valued at 160m December 2007

Value not disclosed December 2007

IPO Advice

Advised Élogos on MBO backed by Nazca Capital

Advised ING Parcom Private Equity on acquistion of Safic Alcan Value not disclosed November 2007

Advised Acces Industrie S.A. on its refinancing

Valued at £203m December 2007

Valued at 60m November 2007

Valued at 100m October 2007

Advised BoSIF on acquisition of significant stake in Apollo Valued at £410m October 2007

Advised BoSIF and Beck & Pollitzer shareholders on sale to Hermes PE Valued at £55m October 2007

Advised Cognita Schools Group on acquisition of the British School of Barcelona backed by Englefield Capital Valued at 27m October 2007

Advised Futura on MBO backed by Hutton Collins & Co

Valued at 70m October 2007

Advised Lyceum Capital on the sale of National Brittania to Connaught plc Valued at £91m October 2007

Advised HgCapital on debt facilities to acquire Mondo Minerals Value not disclosed September 2007

Advised Fonds Partenaires on acquisition of Sateco backed by AXA Private Equity Value not disclosed September 2007

Advised Permira on acquisition of Valentino Fashion Group Valued at 4.4bn September 2007

Advised Euroloc Inversiones on acquisition of UMESA backed by Advent International Valued at 240m August 2007

Advised Hannover Finanz and Management on sale of Eschenbach to Barclays Private Equity and Management Value not disclosed July 2007

Advised on Balance Sheet restructuring

Advised The Riverside Company on the sale of PPC Insulators to Seves S.p.A. Value not disclosed May 2007

Valued at 905m July 2007

Buy-side and debt advice to AXA Private Equity on majority stake in FLEX Group from GSO Capital Partners Value not disclosed April 2007

Advised Alfasom on sale to Quercus Equity

Advised 3i Group plc on disposal of 40% stake of Bornemann GmbH to BKW GmbH Value not disclosed January 2007

Restructuring advice

Valued at 64m March 2007

Valued at £1.1bn December 2006

Close Brothers Corporate Finance Ltd 10 Crown Place London EC2A 4FT Telephone: +44 (0)20 7655 3100 Fax: +44 (0)20 7655 8906/13 www.cbcf.com

Subsidiary of Close Brothers Group plc. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered office as stated. Registered in England no 3067616

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