Hawkpoint Partners

23 Nov 1999

MERGER OF LAMBERT FENCHURCH GROUP PLC

MERGER OF LAMBERT FENCHURCH GROUP PLC WITH HEATH GROUP PLC

Simons & Simmons advises Hawkpoint Partners on Deal to create World's Sixth Largest Insurance Broker

Leading international law firm Simmons & Simmons was appointed for the first time by Hawkpoint Partners Limited, the financial adviser to HLF Insurance Holdings Ltd ("HLF"), in connection with HLF's recommended cash offer for Lambert Fenchurch Group plc ("Lambert Fenchurch") and the merger of Lambert Fenchurch and Heath Group plc. The merged business will have combined revenues of £250 million, making it the world's sixth largest insurance broker. The offer values Lambert Fenchurch at around £135 million and is one of the largest UK public to private transactions so far in 1999.

The complex merger is funded by senior credit facilities with two arranging banks plus mezzanine financing, with additional equity provided by an investor group led by DLJ Phoenix Private Equity Limited and including a new investor, Advent International Corporation.

The Simmons & Simmons team comprised partner Martin Saywell, Julian Gamble, Alex Iapichino and Andrew Maronge (Corporate Finance), and partner Nick Fisher (Banking).

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