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Goodmans Deals & Cases

This section contains brief summaries of selected significant cases and transactions.  You'll also find representative lists  - by year - of major transactions and cases where Goodmans' involvement is a matter of public record or where inclusion in the list has been authorized by our clients.

Funds Advised by Apax and OMERS Acquire Thomson Assets for US$7.75 Billion

2007

Areas Banking and Finance Law, Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment, Private Equity, Tax

Summary

Goodmans represented OMERS Administration Corporation (“OMERS”) in connection with the acquisition by funds advised by Apax Partners, together with OMERS of the higher education, career learning and library reference assets of Thomson Learning and Nelson Canada from The Thomson Corporation. The transaction had a combined total value of approximately US$7.75 billion. The higher education, career learning and library reference assets include such brands and businesses as: Wadsworth, Delmar Learning, Gale, Heinle, Brooks/Cole and South-Western. Nelson Canada, a leading provider of books and online resources for the education market in Canada, is now majority-owned by OMERS. Financing for the transactions was provided by JPMorgan, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Citigroup, UBS and Royal Bank of Canada.