White & Case Advises Consortium on the US$8.4 Billion Purchase of Genesee & Wyoming

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Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners and GIC on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (NYSE:GWR) (G&W). G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads organized in eight locally managed operating regions with approximately 8,000 employees serving 3,000 customers.

The transaction is expected to close by year end or early 2020 subject to satisfaction of closing conditions. The transaction will result in G&W becoming a privately held company.

Brookfield Infrastructure is a leading global infrastructure company that owns and operates high-quality, long-life assets in the utilities, transport, energy and data infrastructure sectors across North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to manage Singapore's foreign reserves. 

The White & Case M&A team was led by partners Oliver Brahmst, Chang-Do Gong and Robert Chung (all in New York). The M&A team also included partners Nirangjan Nagarajah (Melbourne) and Jarlath McGurran (London), and associates Jessie Baxter, Suni Sreepada, Hannah Lee, Vanessa Oh (all in New York), Gabrielle Hodgson (Silicon Valley), Kabir Phaguda (Houston), Oliver Alsop, Shahmir Khan (both in London) and David Smith (Frankfurt). Additional team members included Bank Finance partners Joseph Brazil and Heather Waters Borthwick, and associates Shana White, Joe Babitz and Ben Ludewig (all in New York); Antitrust partners George Paul (Washington, DC), Marc Israel (London), and Justus Herrlinger (Hamburg), and associates Heather Greenfield, Daniel Rosenthal, Choi Li, Naari Ha (all in Washington, DC), Rebecca Yourstone and Will Spens (both in London); CFIUS partner Farhad Jalinous and counsel Keith Schomig (both in Washington, DC); Employee Compensation & Benefits partner Henrik Patel, counsel Tal Marnin, and associates Robin Heszkel and Arian Mossanenzadeh (all in New York); Tax partner Sang Ji, and associate Jake Jung (both in New York); IP partner Arlene Hahn, and associates Neeraj Shah (both in New York), John Timmons and Kimberly Sharp (both in London); Environmental partner Seth Kerschner (New York) and counsel Tallat Hussain (London) and associate Brittany Curcuru (New York); Real Estate partners Steven Lutt (New York) and Victoria Landsbert (London), associates Julianne Prisco (New York), Elena Baca, Reilly Gaertner (both in Chicago), Verity Houlker and Martha Glaser (both in London); Project Finance partners Tim Power (Melbourne), Brad Strahorn (Sydney) and Alison Weal (London), counsel Fiona Curl and associates Kirsty Campbell, Bryce Paterson, Nick Crawford, Naomi Midha, Kirsten Sugden, Kevin Chen, Henry Carlson, Emma Dobb, Nicolette Tan (all in Melbourne), Justin Chang, Emanuel Blum, Alicia Jennison (all in Sydney), Janny Gandhi (Houston), Gemma Patterson, James Turner, Zahra Knapper, April Williamson, James Charteris-Black and Daniel Hannuna (all in London); International Trade associates Sandra Jorgensen and Ashley Williams (both in Washington, DC); and Cybersecurity partner Steve Chabinsky and associates F. Paul Pittman and Mark Williams (all in Washington, DC). The team was also supported by associates Mandeep Raj (Silicon Valley), Jaymon Ballew, Zhengyuan Fan, Brian Fetterolf, Yoonie Han, Anthony Johnson, Zoe Kam, Jerry Lee, Victoria Loeb, Ami Shin, Morgan Somerset, Nasir Tak and Nick Wilson (all in New York).

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