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William H. Purcell Consulting

Financing Expert Throughout the United States

Selected M&A, Financing, and Advisory Transactions

(II) M&A Transactions Listed (Various Financing Transactions were also completed for most of these and other Companies) (Fairness Opinion often also involved)

1) Dillon Read 1966-1990 / Managing Director

  • Anheuser Busch acquisition of Campbell Taggert.
  • Anheuser Busch acquisition of Busch Stadium Inc. and Civic Center Redevelopment Corp.
  • Anheuser Busch acquisition of Sea World.
  • Anheuser Busch divestiture of its industrials products division.
  • Hoechst divestiture of its Calbiochem subsidiary. Also, divestiture of its stool-softening products.
  • Hoechst acquisition of polyester film business of Celanese.
  • Hoechst acquisition of Celanese Corp.
  • Hoechst acquisition of Foster Grant.
  • Hoechst valuation study of Marion Labs and Upjohn.
  • Roussel Uclaf purchase of Foster Grant Sunglass Corp.
  • Volkswagen divestiture of Triumph-Adler subsidiary.
  • Volkswagen acquisition of major car manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania (first investment in U.S.A.).
  • Metropolitan Life acquisition of Century 21 Real Estate.
  • Dow Chemical acquisition of Marion Labs (representing largest independent shareholder).
  • International General Industries acquisition of Kliklok Corp.
  • International Bank acquisition of International General Industries.
  • International Bank acquisition of outstanding minority interest of Globe Industries.
  • Mergers of Hawkeye Insurance and Northeastern Insurance of Hartford into Financial Security Group, with International Bank as control shareholder.
  • Merger of Bankers Security Life with United Services Life, with International Bank as control shareholder.
  • Healthcare International reorganization, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Montedison acquisition of Ausimont, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Quantum Recapitalization and bridge loan, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Horsehead Industries, purchase by management group, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Dillon Read LBO Fund purchase of Viking Office Products.
  • MacMillan Publishing, purchase by ESOT and management group, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Foodmaker, purchase by management group, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass, purchase by ESOT and management group, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Owens Illinois recapitalization, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Gates Learjet recapitalization, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Hilton Hotels and Hilton Foundation recapitalization and valuation of assets, representation of Special Committee of the Foundation.
  • Issued back-up fairness opinion to that of Lehman Brothers to the Board of Directors of UOP in regard to the merger with Signal Corp.
  • Sale of Tampa Bay racetrack for Steinbrenner family and Thayer family.
  • Purchase of Pacific Telephone minority interest by AT&T, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Twentieth Century Fox, purchase by Marvin Davis and relative valuations, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • The Hillman Co. acquisition of outstanding minority interest of Edgewater Corp.
  • MASCO Corp. acquisition of Evans-Aristocrat Industries.
  • Purex Industries, purchase by management group.
  • United Telecommunications acquisition of Aero-Flow Dynamics, with simultaneous purchase of an Aero-Flow subsidiary by management, representation of Special Committee of the Board of Aero-Flow Dynamics.
  • United Telecommunications acquisition of the 50% of Sprint not owned, from GTE Corp.
  • Superior Oil acquisition of outstanding minority interest of Canadian Superior Oil Ltd.
  • Marcona Corp.’s purchase of Ocean Industries, a subsidiary of Dillingham Corp.
  • Foremost McKesson’s purchase of Provident Securities, the Crocker family holding company.
  • The reorganization of Interpublic Advertising Co.
  • The Henry B. Gilpin Co. acquisition of Mooney-Mueller-Ward Co. and Kiefer Stewart Co.
  • SKW Trostberg AG purchase of Airco’s silicon and manganese divisions.
  • Cellu Craft Inc., purchase by management group, representation of Special Committee of the Board.
  • Workout of Federated Department Stores bridge financing notes.
  • General Mills divestiture of Izod Corp, Footjoy, Monet, and Chrystal Brands.
  • Inmont Corp. merger into Carrier Corp.
  • Issued back-up fairness opinion to that of Morgan Stanley to the Board of Directors of Texaco in regard to Bass takeover attempt of Texaco.
  • Acquisition of Laura Scudder Snack Foods by Dillon Read LBO Group.
  • Acquisition of Charleson Publishing Co. by Dillon Read LBO Group.
  • Acquisition of Viking Office Products by Dillon Read LBO Group. (This acquisition, for $65 million, was initiated by Purcell and became Dillon Read’s most profitable investment by a wide margin, going public and growing to a market capitalization of over $2 billion before being acquired.)

2) Since Dillon Read (1991 to present)

  • Represented AmBase Corp. in 1992 in the purchase of Augustine Asset Management, and also in 1996 in the sale of Augustine Asset Management to management. Rendered fairness opinion to the AmBase Board of Directors in both cases.
  • Represented AmBase Corp. in negotiations with the following companies: Freeman Securities (brokerage), Discount Corp. of New York (government bond trading), Eurobrokers (money brokerage), Fidelity Insurance (life insurance), U.S. Quotes, Specialty Meats Inc. and others.
  • Rendered a fairness opinion to the AmBase Board of Directors regarding the proposed purchase of Imperial Premium Finance Corp. from Carteret Savings Bank.
  • Rendered a fairness opinion to the AmBase Board of Directors regarding a proposed recapitalization of Carteret Savings Bank through an investment by AmBase and American Stock Transfer Corp.
  • Participated in capital raising activities for Carteret Savings Bank/AmBase Corp., including decisions relating to real estate assets.
  • Rendered a fairness opinion to the AmBase Board of Directors regarding the proposed acquisition of Marcus Schloss & Co., Inc.
  • Represented AmBase Corp. in its in investments in two biotech companies, AMDG (diabetes) and SDG (asthma and hepatitis). Was a Director of AMDG.
  • Rendered a valuation opinion to the Management Committee of Behringwerke AG in Germany (100% owned by Hoechst AG) in connection with PB Diagnostic Systems, Inc., a company owned 50% by Behringwerke AG and 50% by Polaroid Corp. Also helped to select a mediator/investment bank in regard to the above valuation.
  • Rendered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Community First Bank (Jacksonville, Florida) in connection with the sale of American Surety & Casualty Holding Co.
  • Together with Shareholder Communications Corp., advised AmBase Corp. regarding a complex escheat program involving past acquisitions closed as far back as the late 1970’s.
  • Rendered a solvency opinion to the Board of Directors of C&W Acquisition Corp. and Meriwether Capital Corp. (a Rockefeller affiliated investment company) in connection with the leveraged acquisition of C&W Fabricators, Inc.
  • As Managing Director of Taylor Strategic Divestitures, represented Moore Corporation in its sale of its business forms European subsidiaries.
  • Rendered a valuation opinion to the Board of Directors of AMDG, Inc. in connection with a stock valuation.
  • Represented AmBase from a financial point of view in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in connection with a reorganization of Home Holdings by Zurich Insurance.
  • As Managing Director of Taylor Strategic Divestitures, represented Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) in the sale of its subsidiary, Union Texas Petrochemicals (ethylene), to the Williams Company.
  • As Managing Director of Taylor Strategic Divestitures, represented Shell Chemicals (Shell Oil) in the restructuring and sale of its Polyketone/Carilon Polymers business.
  • Advised 10% shareholder of NextHealth, Inc. about possible dissenting or appraisal positions and other alternatives regarding proposed management led going-private transaction.
  • As Senior Advisor to Gruntal Capital Markets, oversaw various financings for clients and M&A related transactions.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised an investment group about the possible purchase and financing of Belcher Foundry Company, a portfolio company and divestiture of Citicorp Venture Group.
  • Advised certain outside Directors of Fisher Communications Inc. about the advantages and disadvantages of certain strategic alternatives proposed by the management of the Company.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised Honeywell in regard to the divestiture of Honeywell Tensor (a provider of precise measuring tools) to GE.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised American Standard on both the restructuring and subsequent sale of Wabco Braking Systems to the German company, Linnemann Schnetzer, and the sale of Cal-o-Rex (a leading manufacturer of water heaters) to Grupo Industrial Saltillo, a leading Mexican industrial company.
  • Advised Board of Directors of Kliklok Corporation about a combination transaction between its English subsidiary and another related English company.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised owners regarding the sale of a private nickel plating business, the Houston Plating Co.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised a subsidiary of a large east coast utility company (Pepco Energy Services) regarding a possible acquisition of another utility’s ESCO (energy services company).
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised Williams Companies regarding certain aspects of its divestiture program.
  • Advised Best Access Systems about a tax-valuation issue and certain other strategy issues in connection with the auction sale of the Company. Sold to The Stanley Works Co. for $310 million.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised about Groupo Industrial Saltillo’s (Mexico) divestiture of a foundry tooling subsidiary (di Temsa) to a U.K. company (NPL Technologies).
  • Advised PenneCom B.V. about certain M&A issues, including issues regarding its Polish Telecom investment.
  • Was one of the finalist candidates considered for the Creditors Committee of United Airlines bankruptcy reorganization.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised Special Committee of a Board regarding various business options available to the Company, i.e., going-private versus refinancing, etc.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised buyout group about financing options, and obtained commitments (both debt, mezzanine, and equity), for the approximate $180 million purchase of certain Mid Atlantic gas stations of a major oil company.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, acted as financial advisor to joint venture of large U.S. chemical company and large European chemical company (Basell Holdings) about project financing alternatives. Company sold in 2005 to a private equity group for $5.7 billion.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, acted as a financial advisor to the City of Houston about a possible $4.5 billion electric utility rate increase and the City’s dealings, i.e., adversary proceedings, with both CenterPoint Energy and Texas Genco.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, part of the team that advised Tec-Lac Consultores, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) about the divestiture of the cheese, yogurt, butter and dairy cream business of its subsidiary Grupo Chen to Sigma Alimentos, owned by Alfa, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico).
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised regarding the sale of Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Flight Training Center (business) in Orlando, FL to a subsidiary of Boeing Company.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, part of the team that advised the shareholders of Continental Fire Sprinkler Company and Continental Alarm & Detection Company (Omaha, Nebraska) regarding sale to Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. (the seventh largest construction firm in the U.S.)
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, part of the team that advised Amkor Technology, Inc. on the divestiture of its Amkor Test Services business unit (“ATS”) to Integra Technologies, LLC. ATS, based in Wichita, Kansas, provides semiconductor test services for military, avionics, and commercial grade applications.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, part of the team that advised WGL Holdings, Inc. (the parent company of Washington Gas) on the divestiture of American Combustion Industries, Inc., an HVAC installation and construction company, to Milestone Capital Management, LLC.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, part of the team that advised Celanese Corporation on both the sale of its Pampa, Texas, facility to Babcock & Brown, and the sale of its AT Films business to British Polythene Industries.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, advised Media General on various corporate finance issues, including dividend policy.
  • Part of a team which formed and financed South American Homes, a consortium company to provide government-supported low-income housing in Brazil and Peru.
  • Advised Business Talk Radio Inc. in regard to the purchase of radio stations in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas. Also advised regarding the recapitalization of company and name change to Blue Star Media.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, part of the team that advised Cryptologic Limited (Ireland) in regards to financial planning and defensive strategies regarding an activist shareholder and a potential proxy contest.
  • As Senior Director of Seale & Associates, have advised on certain fairness opinions.
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