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Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has, together with Troutman Sanders LLP, advised ARRIS International plc, a global leader in entertainment and communications solutions, on the US$7.4 billion proposed acquisition by CommScope Holding Company, Inc.

The combination of CommScope and ARRIS would create a company with approximately US$11.3 billion in revenue and adjusted EBITDA of approximately US$1.8 billion.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by corporate partners Gavin Davies, Alex Kay and Caroline Rae, supported by associates Brian O'Malley, Rich Woods and Sophie Thompson. Isaac Zailer and Lucy Rosen assisted on tax aspects. 

The transaction is structured as a UK scheme of arrangement and is expected to close in the first half of 2019, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Gavin Davies, Global Head of M&A, commented: "We are delighted to have supported ARRIS on this transformational deal, having previously advised ARRIS on its £1.4 billion takeover of Pace plc in 2015. We look forward to working closely with ARRIS to close the deal."

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