March 4, 2024
Doyle's Guide

KWM, Herbert Smith Freehills & Gilbert + Tobin act on Reed Business sale

Richard Hayes, King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has acted for Investec on the financing of Catalyst’s acquisition of RBIA

Private equity firm Catalyst has acquired the Australian-based information services business Reed Business Information Australia. As part of this acquisition, Investec provided Catalyst with debt financing to fund the acquisition and ongoing working capital requirements. The acquisition completed on 31 January 2013.

RBIA was previously owned by Reed Business Information Limited, part of Reed Elsevier, a world leading provider of professional information solutions to the science, medical, legal, risk management, and business to business sectors. RBIA is Australia’s largest B2B media company, with a diverse portfolio of publications (including Australian Doctor and Lawyers Weekly), web sites and online industry portals providing information to professionals in a diverse range of industries.

The King & Wood Mallesons team was led by banking Partner Richard Hayes, who was assisted by Senior Associate Will Stawell (banking), Solicitors Anisha Wijewardane and David Bertram (banking), Partner Jason Watts (M&A), Senior Associate Esther Touma (M&A), Partner Scott Heezen (tax) and Solicitor Sara Liu (tax).

Herbert Smith Freehills acted for Reed Business Information Limited and Gilbert + Tobin acted for Catalyst.

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