A&O and Skadden lead as Moody's buys Dutch data provider for €3bn


Allen & Overy (A&O) and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken lead roles as Moody’s agrees a €3bn (£2.6bn) deal to buy Bureau van Dijk, a Dutch data analytics group, from Swedish private equity company EQT.

Skadden is advising Moody’s. In London, the firm’s team comprises corporate partner Lorenzo Corte, tax partner Alex Jupp and banking partner Mark Darley.

Other Skadden partners involved on the deal include, in Brussels, competition partner Frederic Depoortere, and in New York, M&A partners Marie Gibson and David Friedman, IP partner Jose Esteves, banking partner Steven Messina and tax partner Sally Thurston.

Benelux law firm Stibbe is providing Dutch counsel with a team led by London partner Hans Witteveen.

Meanwhile, A&O is acting for private equity house EQT. The A&O team is being led by corporate partners Karine Kodde from Amsterdam and Dirk Meeus from Brussels.

Other firms understood to be on the deal include Baker McKenzie, representing Bureau van Dijk’s managers, and Latham & Watkins, advising the banks.

In April, Skadden also secured an advisory role on a deal that saw Germany’s billionaire Reimann family acquire Panera Bread for $7.5bn (£6.1bn).

Skadden advised JAB Holding – the investment arm of the Reimann family. Sullivan & Cromwell advised Panera Bread.