Services – Typesetting, Printing, Mailing & Distribution


Carphone Warehouse, Europe's largest independent mobile phone retailer, and Dixons Retail, the second-largest electronics retailer in Europe with operations in Britain, the Nordics and Greece, agreed one of the largest mergers of 2014, for £3.8bn – propelling the combined company into the FTSE100 Index. Black&Callow was appointed to typeset, produce and mail the deal documentation. 


Following approval by the European Commission, both companies’ documents needed to be typeset, produced and mailed to the tightest deadline. This was imperative due to the size and scope of the project, as well as the joint shareholder bases.

Black&Callow’s Solution 

Advised by Deutsche Bank, Citi, UBS and Barclays, with legal advisors Osborne Clarke and Linklaters, the documentation printed and mailed by Black&Callow was to include both the Scheme and Offer documents.

Black&Callow’s in-house typesetting team, based at its European HQ in London, worked against the clock to accurately and securely turnaround the deal documents. Black&Callow then worked efficiently to ensure the production and mailing of the documents was completed prior to the deal deadline.

Having worked with Black&Callow before, we were confident that they would provide a professional service in respect of printing requirements for investor documentation ahead of completion of the merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse. Their flexibility and willingness to allow us the use of their offices and conference suite to facilitate final drafts, allowed for a quick and accurate turn around. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” 

How did Black&Callow add unrivalled value for the client?

  • Black&Callow’s unparalleled in-house typesetting team in London was a major advantage to the documentation process.
  • Black&Callow’s unrivalled experience working on some of the world’s most complex and demanding M&A deals, played a large role in securing the success of the deals.

Dixons Carphone Merger