Private Equity

Our Practice

Private Equity – Transactions

We have a significant number of partners who focus on the sector in the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia – many of whom are recommended lawyers in the legal directories. We give expert advice on all aspects of domestic and international private equity transactions and more broadly in respect of M&A transactions for regulated alternative investment funds in regulated markets. Our core team is made up of partners with deep rooted industry sub-sector knowledge and relationships.

We have leading expert lawyers in all of the specialist disciplines crucial to private equity transactions. These include our market leading practices in funds, regulatory, banking and capital markets, tax, employment and employee benefits. Our team is solution oriented and ultra-responsive – we enjoy meeting the demands of challenging, time pressured and commercially important transactions.

Our Services

We advise on all aspects of private equity transactions, including:

  • venture and growth capital financings
  • buyouts
  • public to privates (we have two partners who have spent time on secondment with the Takeover Panel)
  • exits, including IPOs/dual-tracks, sales to other private equity buyers, trade sales and auctions
  • portfolio company M&A
  • fund level M&A, including mergers of private equity businesses
  • secondary directs and indirects
  • consortium bids and joint ventures 
  • advising management teams 
  • complex restructurings 
  • troubled company work-outs

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What do our clients say about us?

In respect of our lawyers:

“responsive and knowledgeable...handles complex technical issues with an effective, commercial approach”

“very switched-on, creative and commercial”

“outstanding ability... a very high standard”

“highly user-friendly", "highly responsive and commercial", "delightful to work with", "great to have on your side when things get difficult”

Experience

The following highlights illustrate some of our recent experience:

A large Canadian pension fund

  • in relation to a significant UK renewable asset

ADM Private Trustess

  • in relation to the acquisition of Chiltern International Group Limited and subsequent financing and corporate events

Anacap

  • on its acquisition of Cabot Financial, its LBO of the IFG International Division and its acquisition of a pan-European finance leasing business from NYSE Listed CIT Group

AnaCap and Blackstone

  • on their joint bid for the RBS Rainbow business

Arsenal Capital Partners

  • on the acquisition of CIL by portfolio companies

Blackstone

  • in relation to certain transactions for portfolio company Intertrust

Brookfield Asset Management

  • on the disposal of a 30% stake in Peterborough Hospital, a UK health PFI Project, to John Laing Infrastructure

CFIG

  • on the co-investment arrangements in relation to KKR’s acquisition of Cambridge and South Staffs Water

Chequers Partenaires S.A. and IGI SGR S.p.A.

  • on the acquisition of Rollon S.r.l.

Charterhouse Capital Partners

  • on the acquisition of Nuova Castelli S.p.A. group, the leading Italian manufacturer and exporter of Parmigiano Reggiano

CVC Capital Partners

  • on deal related matters

Equity Trust

  • on the sale of the business by Candover to Doughty Hanson

Foreman Capital

  • on the sale of management and trust services group Orangefield Trust to AAC Capital

Hellman & Friedman (Gartmore Investment Ltd)

  • in respect of its £4.1bn merger of its private equity business with that of Hermes, and in relation to the ultimate sale of the joint venture interest to Hermes

A Sovereign Wealth Fund

  • on its equity participation in the acquisition of Springer Science + Business Media by EQT

Gilde Equity Management

  • on a number of transactions, including the acquisitions of EV-box, Fa-med, Conclusion and pack2pack, and the disposals of HG Group and Johma

Gilde Healthcare

  • regarding their investments in Stepping Stone, VerzuimReductie, Pharmaline, ViroClinics Biosciences and Fysius Back Clinics

Intertrust

  • and its management on the sale of the company by Waterland Private Equity to Blackstone Group and in relation to certain subsequent transactions

Oak Investment Partners

  • on a number of transactions, including the MBO and subsequent sale of iTouch, the equity financing of Plastic Logic and its investment into Wonga

Oakley Capital

  • on the sale of the Emesa Group to Dasym funds, managed by Cyrte Investments

RP Explorer Master Fund

  • on the £372m placing of shares in Nikanor and on the $3.3bn merger of Katanga and Nikanor and also in relation to their investment in Turkish retail group Bimeks

Veronis Suhler Stevenson

  • on the auction sale of one of its US based portfolio companies, Ipreo Holdings LLC

Wisequity

  • on the acquisition of Cifo