Oliver Brahmst

Partner, New York

Biography

Clients describe Oliver as a “partner of special skills for any transaction related project… one of the best lawyers you would want to have by your side during negotiations” and “a true legal counselor and excellent negotiator.”
Chambers USA

Overview

Oliver Brahmst is White & Case's Global Co-Head of Private Equity. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, including joint ventures and equity co-investments.

Oliver has built up a significant track record in the resolution of complex cross-border transactions, having worked on some of the most innovative and exciting deals of the last ten years.

Often working across multiple jurisdictions, Oliver has advised on high-profile transactions and taken a major role in such landmark deals as the representation of a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure, its institutional partners and GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (NYSE:GWR), a freight railroad owner and operator based in the United States. This transaction was named "Private Equity Deal of the Year" by IFLR (2020). Oliver's recent deals also include the representation of Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia in the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the Canada-based parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels.

As a mark of the esteem in which he is held in the financial and legal community, Oliver is named as a leading individual for M&A and Private Equity in Chambers, Euromoney, The Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Education
LLM
Tax
Osgoode Hall Law School
LLB
University of Ottawa
BA
University of Toronto
Languages
English
German

Experience

Qatar Investment Authority, 2020
Oliver represented Qatar Investment Authority in its co-investment with a consortium led by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and its affiliate Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE: TME) in the acquisition of a 10% stake in Universal Music Group, from Vivendi S.A.

HgCapital, 2020
Oliver represented HgCapital, the specialist private equity investor focused on software and service businesses, in its investment in Intelerad Medical Systems, a leading global provider of medical imaging software and enterprise workflow solutions.

Antin Infrastructure Partners, 2019
Oliver represented Antin Infrastructure Partners in the US$1.25 billion acquisition of Veolia Group's district energy assets in the United States, which comprise steam, hot and chilled water and electricity production plants, including cogeneration plants, and 13 networks in ten US cities.

Harvest Partners, 2019
Oliver represented Harvest Partners in its sale of TruckPro Holding Corp., one of the nation's largest independent distributors of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, to an affiliate of Platinum Equity.

CVC Capital Partners, 2019
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in the acquisition of Vitech Systems Group, a leading provider of cloud-based financial administration solutions.

Brookfield Infrastructure, 2019
Oliver represented a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure, its institutional partners and GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (NYSE: GWR), a freight railroad owner and operator based in the United States. This transaction was named "Private Equity Deal of the Year" by IFLR (2020).

Investcorp International Inc., 2019
Oliver represented Investcorp International Inc. in its acquisition of Multivision, LLC, an IT solutions and training provider.

Odebrecht S.A., 2019
Oliver represented Odebrecht S.A. in its US$1.39 billion sale of the 456 MW Chaglla hydroelectric power plant in Peru to a consortium headed by China Three Gorges Corp.

CVC Capital Partners, 2018
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in its proposed investment, together with Silver Lake Partners and KKR, in US$6 billion convertible notes to be issued by Broadcom, a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions, for the purpose of Broadcom's previously proposed acquisition of Qualcomm in a deal valued at US$121 billion.

CVC Capital Partners, 2018
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in the US$1.8 billion acquisition of ConvergeOne Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVON), a leading global IT and managed services provider of collaboration and technology solutions.

CVC Capital Partners, 2018
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of a majority equity stake in UnitedLex, a leading alternative legal services provider.

Brookfield Asset Management, 2018
Oliver represented Brookfield Asset Management in its CAD$4.3 billion acquisition of Enercare Inc., one of North America's largest home and commercial services companies.

Brookfield Asset Management, 2018
Oliver represented Brookfield Asset Management as 50 percent equity investor with Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Ascenty from Great Hill Partners.

CVC Capital Partners, 2018
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of OANDA Global Corporation, a global online retail trading platform, currency data and analytics company.

Investcorp, 2018
Oliver represented Investcorp in its majority investment in ICR, LLC, a leading strategic communications and advisory company.

FCX Performance, Inc., 2018
Oliver represented FCX Performance, Inc., a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, in its approximately US$768 million sale to Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: AIT).

CVC Capital Partners, 2017
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in its US$1.425 billion acquisition of beauty and personal care products company PDC Brands from Yellow Wood Partners.

Berkshire Hathaway investment in Pilot Flying J, 2017
Oliver represented Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, and its shareholders, the Haslam Family, in the investment in a significant minority stake by Berkshire Hathaway.

BHI Investments, 2017
Oliver represented BHI Investments, a leading specialty energy services company and a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, in its sale to AE Industrial Partners.

Certares LP, 2017
Oliver represented Certares LP, in its acquisition of Guardian Alarm, a leading provider of alarm and security guard services, and in its acquisition of Guardian Medical Monitoring, a leading provider of medical monitoring services throughout the United States.

Investcorp investment in AlixPartners, 2016
Oliver represented Investcorp in its co-acquisition of CVC Capital Partners' ownership stake in AlixPartners.

China Three Gorges US$1.2 billion acquisition in Brazil, 2016
Oliver represented China Three Gorges Corporation in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Duke Energy's assets in Brazil.

Qatar Investment Authority transactions, 2015 and 2016
Oliver represented Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia, in the US$2.9 billion sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels. Oliver also represented QIA in the purchase of shares in Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) (NYSE: ESRT) through a private offering worth approximately US$622 million.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC US$2.65 billion acquisition of generic drugs businesses, 2015
Oliver represented Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC in its US$2.65 billion acquisition of the US-based generic drugs businesses, Roxane Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, from German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim.

CVC Capital Partners acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, 2015
Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in leading a consortium including Temasek Holdings and Vatera Healthcare Partners in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, a leading generic pharmaceuticals company. The transaction was named "Cross-Border Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Deal of the Year" by the M&A Advisor (2016). Oliver represented Alvogen in its subsequent acquisition of County Line Pharmaceuticals LLC, a specialty generic pharmaceutical company based in Wisconsin.

GDF Suez's sale of power assets in Latin America, 2014
Oliver represented GDF Suez S.A., in the US$840 million sale of power assets in Panama and Costa Rica to Celsia S.A. E.S.P., one of Colombia's largest power generators. This transaction was named "Cross-Border Deal of the Year" by M&A Advisor (2015).

Electronic Funds Source's Sale, 2014
Oliver represented Electronic Funds Source LLC, a leader in innovative corporate payment solutions, in its sale to an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, LLC.

Univar's acquisitions of Magnablend Holdings and Basic Chemical Solutions, 2013 and 2010
Oliver represented Univar Inc., a leading global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals in more than 100 countries, in its acquisition of Magnablend Holdings, Inc., and in its acquisition of Basic Chemical Solutions, LLC, a leading global distributor and trader of commodity chemicals.

Pilot Flying J's acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, 2012
Oliver represented Pilot Flying J, in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, Inc., a leading independent energy logistics company.

Harvest Partners transactions, 2003-2017
Oliver represented Harvest Partners and its portfolio companies in a large number of deals, including the US$1.3 billion sale of Associated Materials to Hellman & Friedman LLC; the acquisition of Material Handling Services; and the joint acquisition, with Audax Private Equity, of CWD Holdings Corp., a distributor of auto parts.

Publications

Co-author, "Debt Financing Risk Allocation in US Sponsor-Led Acquisitions: A Short History and Primer," Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide, 2012 (with Matthew Hendy)

Awards and Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America: Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2020

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney, 2020

Leading Individual for Private Equity
Chambers Global, 2020

Leading Individual for M&A
Who's Who Legal, 2020

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity
Chambers USA, 2020

Recognized Individual for M&A Large Deals and Private Equity Buyouts
Legal 500 US, 2020