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$3 Billion Financing Announced for Bain’s Acquisition of Kantar from WPP

July 12, 2019

London – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that it has advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Mizuho, Morgan Stanley, Natwest, Nomura, and RBC as arrangers on a $3 billion financing package for private investment firm Bain Capital’s acquisition of a majority stake in Kantar from British multinational advertising and public relations firm WPP.

Kantar is a London-headquartered market research business with more than 30,000 employees in 100 countries. The financing comprised dollar- and euro-denominated leveraged loans and high yield bonds.

The Paul Hastings team was led by London finance partner Luke McDougall, together with London finance partners Peter Schwartz, Richard Kitchen and Ed Holmes, New York finance partners Shekhar Kumar and Randal Palach, London finance associates Lauren Winter, Amin Doulai, Alon Blitz, Natasha Smith, and Ludovico Giannotti, New York tax partner David Makso, London tax partner Arun Birla and London tax associate Jiten Tank, London M&A partner Garrett Hayes and London M&A associate David Prowse.

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