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VOLUME THREE, NUMBER ONE

Gucci
With Europe's uniform M&A proposal defeated at the hands of the Germans, takeover rules in individual countries are perhaps more important than ever. It took nearly three years for the battle for Gucci to subside, over Lebanese food and LVMH champagne at the paris offices of the white-knight's counsel. But it's likely that the innovative defenses and the rulings from Dutch courts will serve as tea leaves to pour over for some time to come.

The Players
Who represented whom in the three-way battle. Skadden and Wachtell are across the table again in a takeover reminiscent of the good old days in the U.S. of A.

Gucci: Red-Letter Dates

The New Unocal?
How a Dutch ruling reflects a Delaware icon.

A Lock-Up in Limbo
Tyson Foods has been in takeover battles before. In the classic battle for Holly Farms, the target's lock-up got frowns from the court, but no one appealed. And Tyson was flummoxed.

Los LBOs
The competition for LBOs in Europe and the U.K. could hardly be more cruel. The game is certainly similar to its American version, but there are differences of which the wise should be aware.

Committment letter
Senior facilities term sheet

Linklaters
The global deals and the merger firm's mergers

Gucci: The Players

Gucci Group
Dutch corporation: holding company/producers of luxury goods

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Scott Simpson

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Peter Wakkie
Martin van Olffen

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
William McGuire

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Michael Zaoui
Joseph Perella

 

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A.
French corporation producers of champagne and luxury goods

Davis Polk & Wardwell
Paul Kingsley

Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux
Marius Joesphus Jitta

NautaDutilh
Paul Storm

Goldman Sachs International
Ruben Jeffery
Jaime Bergel

Credit Suisse First Boston
Donald Meltzer

ABN Amro N.V.

Sullivan & Cromwell
Joesph Fromkin
Stephen Kotran

 

Pinault-Printemps-Redoute S.A.
French corporation retailer, financial services provider

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
David Katz

Verbeke
Jan Willem van der Staay
Steven Schult

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Alain Maillot

 

 

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