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Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) in London

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 's market-leading private equity practice is consistently instructed on many of the largest deals in the market, including major European take-privates, acquisitions, investments, and disposals. In addition to its sizeable team of specialist PE lawyers, the firm is also able to draw on its debt finance, competition, and tax teams to handle complex deals. The firm's global focus on the buyout sector means it advises a huge roster of sponsor clients on UK and international deals.  David Higgins and Matthew Elliott lead the practice; Elliott is viewed by clients as  'a true leader',  while Higgins and Adrian Maguire 'command respect' for their expertise and experience. Other key figures in the team include Roger Johnson, Rory Mullarkey, and David Holdsworth. Stuart Boyd is another key name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Higgins; Matthew Elliott

Autres avocats clés:

Roger Johnson; Rory Mullarkey; David Holdsworth; Stuart Boyd; Michael Steele

Les références

‘The team stands out far above any magic circle or other US law firm for its ability to advise. They are not afraid to share in a deal’s risk profile by standing behind their advice fully and, what is truly outstanding is that they foster such an approach from their junior associates to their most senior partners. All have enviable deal handling skills, with a seamless ability to take ownership of the most challenging deal dynamics, fostering a constructive relationship between counterparties and investing in the development of junior client professionals.’

‘Matthew Elliott is highly capable, client-relationship orientated and a true leader. He is an excellent adviser who stands behind his advice, has a genuine interest and invests in truly understanding a client’s business objectives.’

‘Great PE sector knowledge given enormous focus on PE as a business line. Deep expertise in accelerating transaction execution and obtaining ‘top of market’ commercial terms, tight coordination with expert debt financing specialists who are able to deliver a packaged product across debt and equity funding sets K&E apart from many peers. Hard working mindset – they will run through walls to get the deal done.’

‘David Higgins and Adrian McGuire are both leading individuals who command respect in the market with a matter of fact approach with ‘no drama/no tears’ style. They are extremely quick to make commercial judgements spanning due diligence issues, regulatory topics and engagement with management teams, and are structured, organised and responsive.’

‘Michael Steele is a standout partner.He is and has been responsible for driving his team to always work harder than the client. He is always responsive and always a step ahead of the client and importantly, the counter-party. He understands the right balance between being commerciall, while being aggressive, which consistently results in breaking new ground for us.He also understands how to negotiate in 4-dimensions when other law firms can be one or two dimensional – this is needed when solving issues that have multiple stakeholders each with different agendas. His team understands the maths behind the legal documents.’

‘Senior partners are heavily involved and understand how to solve multi-variate, multi-counterpary issues with very credible and creative solutions.  It is very common with other law firms that simple, basic issues take up 80% of the time due to lack of tenacity or experience where that should really take 20% of the time. The Kirkland team delivers here so we don’t waste time on the mundane.’

Principaux clients

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apax

BC Partners

Blackstone

Bain Capital Private Equity

EQT

GIC

GLP

Hellman & Friedman

Montagu Private Equity

Starwood Capital Group

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

TDR Capital

TPG

Triton

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the bidding consortium led by Advent, Cinven and the RAG-Stiftung (RAG foundation) on the €17.2 billion carve out acquisition of the elevator division of ThyssenKrupp AG
  • Advised EQT Private Equity on the additional investment and renewed long-term commitment in IVC Evidensia. As part of its long-term commitment to IVC, Kirkland advised EQT Private Equity in making a substantial investment through its EQT IX fund
  • Advised Blackstone and Brown Bidco Limited, the consortium including Blackstone, Cascade and Global Infrastructure Partners, on the $4.73 billion recommended cash offer for Signature Aviation (“Signature”).

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has built up a sizeable City private equity practice in recent years and its built on this in 2021 with the ambitious hire of highly regarded partner Paul Dolman from Travers Smith LLP . The sizeable practice now acts for a host of top name buyout houses on complex, high-value transactions, handling take privates, investments, and exits, as well as secondary transactions. The practice has also benefitted from its US presence with roles on a number of SPAC transactions.  Kem Ihenacho  and David Walker  lead the practice and both are both receive positive praise from peers. Other key contacts include Farah O'Brien, Linzi Thomas, Mike Bond, and Tom Evans.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Walker; Kem Ihenacho

Autres avocats clés:

Farah O’Brien; Linzi Thomas; Mike Bond; Tom Evans; Paul Dolman

Principaux clients

ArchiMed

Astorg Partners

BC Partners

Blackstone

Brookfield

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Cinven

CPDQ

CVC Capital Partners

EQT

Equistone

GIC

Global Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs PIA

Helios Investment Partners

Hellman & Friedman

KKR

KSL Capital Partners

L Catterton

Leonard Green & Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

OMERS Infrastructure

OTPP

Onex Corporation

Permira

Platinum Equity

PSP

Silver Lake Partners

TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

TPG

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Silver Lake on its equity investment into Klarna, a Sweden-based provider of payments and shopping services.
  • Advised TPG Capital on its sale of Prezzo, a UK-based operator of restaurants serving food inspired by Italian cuisine, to Cain International.
  • Advised Hellman & Friedman on the c. €15 billion GP led secondary / fund to fund transfer of its controlling interest in the Verisure Securities Direct group

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP ‘s ‘outstanding‘ private equity practice remains one of the strongest teams in the City, advising buyout clients across the full lifecycle of work from fundraising through to initial acquisitions to exits. The practice is regularly involved in high profile take-privates and carve-outs, and is also active in the secondaries market. Jonny Myers leads the team and has close relationships with a number of prominent buyout houses; while Spencer Baylin focuses on emerging markets such as Africa. Simon Tinkler is adept at advising on highly technical transactions, such as private investment in public equity (Pipe) deals and secondary portfolio sales. Christopher Sullivan is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonny Myers

Autres avocats clés:

Spencer Baylin; Simon Tinkler; Christopher Sullivan; Charlotte Madden; Angharad Lewis; Oliver Marcuse; Shimin Lee

Les références

One of the few firms who don’t just look to transact at market terms, but take the time to fully understand the things that make their client unique. They provide a wraparound service combined with 24/7 availability.’

‘Jonny Myers and Spencer Baylin have unrivaled market know-how. They remain approachable and know how to get a deal done.’

‘Outstanding client service and experienced hands-on partners..’

‘Simon Tinkler, Jonny Myers and Charlotte Madden – great client focus, great experience, calm and great to work with.’

Principaux clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cinven

Permira

Onex

Blackstone

CVC Capital Partners

Partners Group

EQT

Actis

KKR

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised CD&R, the US-based private investment firm, on its investment in UK-listed SIG plc (“SIG”), a leading distributor of specialist building products in Europe
  • Advised Allegro on its PLN 44 billion (USD 11.2 billion) IPO, Warsaw Stock Exchange’s largest IPO to date.
  • Acted for Blackstone and the Offeror in the public takeover offer for NIBC Holding N.V, a Dutch bank listed on the Amsterdam Exchange

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP 's 'pragmatic and commercial' City  buyout team acts for an impressive list of private equity clients on has won roles on some of the most complex and high-profile transactions in the market, including take-privates and carve-outs. The magic circle firm counts both US and European buyout houses among its clients, and frequently advises on transatlantic deals. In addition to the broader firm's significant geographic reach, the practice also benefits from an ability to advise on deals across a variety of sectors, with technology, financial services, healthcare, and infrastructure all areas of particular focus. The practice is jointly led by Alex Woodward and Ben Rodham. Woodward, who is highly regarded by peers and rivals,  is instructed by a range of prominent private equity sponsors, while Rodham is praised by clients for his 'strong commercial judgement'. Will Aitken-Davies ; Tracey Lochhead , who focuses on deals for sponsors involving the financial services sector, and  Chris Boycott are all recommended. 

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Woodward; Ben Rodham

Autres avocats clés:

Will Aitken-Davies; Tracey Lochhead; Chris Boycott; Kimberley Chikitch

Les références

‘Pragmatic and commercial approach and a lot of highly relevant transaction experience.’

‘Ben Rodham is closely involved in day-to-day work despite his seniority. He has strong commercial judgement – what really matters, what doesn’t – which makes processes much more efficient. Very available which is important at the sharp end of a process.’

‘Full service offering and therefore good one-stop-shop for complex deal execution. Senior lawyers actively involved in day-to-day of a transaction.’

‘Efficient, effective, dedicated, commercial and committed are just a few words to describe the quality of the team I have worked with on a multitude of transactions.’

‘Ben Rodham is an excellent M&A lawyer with great judgement, good approach to resolving conflicts. Kimberley Chikitch is an up and coming lawyer who leads negotiations with finesse.’

Principaux clients

Hg

The Carlyle Group

Apax

I Squared Capital

Warburg Pincus

Cerberus

Blackstone

Global Infrastructure Partners

Montagu Private Equity

TDR Capital

Digital Colony Partners

Permira

PSP

Towerbrook Capital Partners

Centerbridge

BC Partners

Macquarie

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the consortium of Warburg Pincus International and TowerBrook Capital Partners on its recommended cash offer for the motorway emergency service AA valuing the business at £2.8 billion
  • Advising Hg and Montagu Private Equity, the selling investors, on the US$12.2bn leveraged buyout of Visma, being the largest ever software buyout globally.
  • Advising Apax Partners on the sale of Neuraxpharm to Permira.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP ‘s team may be smaller in London than some rivals but it stands out for its close ties with high profile US funds such as KKR and Blackstone, and also works with well known UK name Apax. The practice handles transactions across a broad range of sectors including consumer goods, financial services, and life sciences. It is also very active in real estate driven private equity, where Blackstone Real Estate Partners is a key client, and where Wheatley McNamara frequently takes the lead.  Ben Spiers  leads the team, which also includes well-regarded partners such as  Amy Mahon, Derek BairdClare Gaskell and Adam Signy. The firm has recently strengthened its team with a number of new partners, adding James Howe from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in August 2020 and Geoffrey Bailhache in March 2021 from Blackstone, where he was general counsel.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Spiers

Autres avocats clés:

Wheatley McNamara; Amy Mahon; Derek Baird; Clare Gaskell; Adam Signy; James Howe; Geoffrey Bailhache

Les références

‘The team  was very efficient and drove for results. They were very good at communicating.’

‘James Howe and Christopher Vallance are highly professional and make sure the deal goes to closing. They are very focused on keeping the momentum. It was great working with them. They cover all aspects and make sure a proper connection is made when numerous parties are involved in the process.’

‘Our go-to firm for deals of large size, value and complexity – they can do it all and provide clients with the confidence in the end result, no matter what or wherever. They don’t stand on ceremony, just have great people doing great work.’

‘What Adam Signy doesn’t know about M&A isn’t worth knowing. He has seen it all, yet still loves getting in the trenches on deals with the foot soldiers to get it done. The best mix in the City of both public and private experience and puts it to good effect. Huge gravitas with board members, but still has time and attention for those lower down the ladder. Does it all with a sense of fun and joie de vivre – loves what he does.’

‘Ben Spiers is the heir apparent to Signy but independently has a enviably strong stable of his own clients. Great public experience matched with strong M&A skills, very responsive and commercial, focused on getting the job done for his clients.

‘Lucy Gillett is one to watch, great commercially and very responsive, strong technically and creative in her contemplation of solutions for clients. Chris Vallance is a definite rising star, very strong technically, good commercial sense, able to juggle matters of high complexity whilst keeping it all tied together and driving to a result for clients.’

Principaux clients

Apax Partners

Arle Capital Partners

BC Partners

The Blackstone Group

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Bridgepoint

Bruin Sports Capital

The Carlyle Group

CBRE Group Inc.

EQT International Holdings B.V.

Global Infrastructure Partners

H.I.G. Capital

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Melrose Industries PLC

Pets at Home Group Plc

Refinitiv

Silver Lake Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Refinitiv in its acquisition by London Stock Exchange Group in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately US$27 billion. The transaction created a leading, U.K.-headquartered, global financial market infrastructure provider. Refinitiv’s shareholders, including investment funds affiliated with Blackstone, Thomson Reuters, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and GIC, own an approximately 37% economic interest and less than 30% voting interest in the combined company.
  • Advised a consortium of investors, comprising Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), Brookfield Asset Management, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, NH Investment & Securities and Snam (the Consortium) in its energy infrastructure deal with The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The Consortium invested in select ADNOC gas pipeline assets valued at $20.7 billion.
  • Advised KKR Global Infrastructure Investors Fund III in connection with its acquisition of Viridor Limited from Pennon Group plc for an enterprise value of £4.2 billion.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP continues to expand its presence in the high-value private equity market, receiving mandates from a number of new clients across the full spectrum of PE transactions. These new client wins come on top of the practice’s work for established clients such as Advent International and Bain Capital, for which it handles buyouts and investments as well as portfolio company M&A. The team has also been increasingly active in the growth capital sector, working on matters involving funds focusing on tech investments.  Heavyweight partners  Marco Compagnoni (described by one client as ‘the godfather of private equity’) and Michael Francies jointly lead the team, which has continued to grow over the last year thanks to the addition of M&A and PE partner Murray Cox – a rare departure from Slaughter and MayJonathan Wood is another key partner in the team, alongside the ‘exceptionally creative and clever thinker’ Simon Lyell and Lewis Blakey, who was promoted to partner in 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marco Compagnoni; Michael Francies

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Wood; Simon Lyell; Murray Cox; Lewis Blakey

Les références

‘Simon Lyell is an exceptionally creative and clever thinker who is able to articulate ideas very clearly, coming up with creative solutions to corporate issues on restructurings where we have worked together. The equity side of a distressed deal is so important and Simon provides clear and concise advice, really understanding the financial and inter creditor issues his clients face. He is a joy to work with and an outstanding lawyer leading his field.’

‘Outstanding partner-led client service delivered commercially and with a strong understanding of our internal processes and risk tolerance.’

‘Top quality people, very diligent. Strong advocates for client positions.’

‘Well-established legal firm with deep cross-functional expertise globally – one stop shop. Very commercial and pragmatic with good understanding of our needs. High calibre professional.’

‘Top-quality team, led by the godfather of private equity, Marco Compagnoni.’

‘Simon Lyell is outstanding, blending a keen eye for detail, technical skills and pragmatism. Chris McLoughlin [finance]  added a huge amount of value on the finance workstream, offering critical insights into market terms and ultimately negotiating substantially better terms than we or our financial advisers had hoped for.’

‘Strong advocates for our interest and excellent ability to articulate our positions. In-depth knowledge of deal terms and conditions, as well as options for structures.’

‘Marco Compagnoni is the leader of the pack. He has years of experience in making deals happen, when lesser lawyers would fail to find solutions. He has bags of energy, enthusiasm and an unslaked thirst for satisfying clients. He inspires huge loyalty for good reason: he will do what it takes to deliver for his client.’

Principaux clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Bain Capital Credit

Terra Firma

Apax Digital

M&G Investments

Blackstone Growth

Bd-Capital

Polhem Infra

AP1 & AP4

Cobham (portfolio company of Advent)

Kantar (portfolio company of Bain Capital)

TSG (portfolio company of Advent)

Howdens (portfolio company of General Atlantic and CDPQ)

Advent International

Bain Capital

Providence Equity

Ontario Teachers’

CVC Capital

General Atlantic

TCV

Montagu Private Equity

PAI Partners

Hg Capital

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Antin Infrastructure

Generation Investment Management

Aleph Capital

Investor AB

OMERS

TPG

THI Investments

AMP Capital

Icon Infrastructure

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Bain Capital Credit who are acquiring the savings & retirement and protection businesses of LV= (the 150 year old life insurance company which was until recently called Liverpool Victoria) in a highly complex demutualisation of the life insurance company.
  • Advised CVC Capital on its acquisition of all of Fairfax interests in run-off insurance services provider RiverStone Europe, to CVC Strategic Opportunities Fund II. As part of the transaction, OMERS also agreed to sell all of its interests in RiverStone Europe.
  • Advised Advent International and Bain Capital, as shareholders in both Nexi and Nets, on the merger of Nexi and Nets that will create a New Group having an enterprise value of €7.8 billion.

Allen & Overy LLP

The 'hard-working, diligent, attentive and diverse' team at Allen & Overy LLP act for British, American, and European buyout houses on deals, leveraging the firm's global network to handle cross-border transactions. The team additionally draws on its corporate and banking expertise to advise on complex transactions, such as those  dual track exit structures, refinancings and reorganisations. Stephen Lloyd offers clients almost three decades of experience across the full spectrum of transactions. Gordon Milne is valued by clients for his 'very commercial approach' and acts for both sponsors and portfolio companies; meanwhile, Karan Dinamani is noted for his 'incredible ability to adapt to a deal in any sector and in any geography'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Lloyd; Gordon Milne; Karan Dinamani; Peter Banks

Les références

‘Hard working, diligent, attentive and diverse team.’

‘Karan Dinamani is quite possibly the best corporate lawyer in London. Karan has an incredible ability to adapt to a deal in any sector and in any geography almost immediately. He has a fantastic way of working with both his clients, selling shareholders and the management teams of our companies. He is the reason we use A&O for all our M&A legal work in London. I know he is in demand by lots of the top PE funds but I always feel like he is accessible (even when on several deals) and there is no professional I work with who puts his clients first like Karan.’

‘Top quality firm with broad experience spanning multiple jurisdictions. Pragmatic and commercial approach. Great understanding of the PE market.’

‘Gordon Milne has a very commercial approach. He identifies the issues that are really important to the transaction and finds solutions to work through them. The entire team goes above and beyond in terms of availability, ensuring things get done on clients’ timelines, no matter how demanding the ask.’

‘Our interactions with the team have always been positive on account of the quality of advice, breadth of expertise in the team or available in the wider firm and a very responsive approach.’

‘We’ve mainly worked with Peter Banks and senior associate Chris Sabine. Both are easy to work with and are constructive, commercial and feel part of the deal team in solving problems and developing solutions.’

Principaux clients

Bridgepoint

AIMCo

Apax Partners

Apollo

Ardian

Blackstone

CDPQ

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Cinven

EQT

Exponent Private Equity

PAI Partners

HIG Capital

OMERS Private Equity

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised EQT Partners on the EUR1.3 billion acquisition of Idealista S.A.U., the leading online real estate classifieds platform in Southern Europe, from Apax Partners and existing management.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 's London private equity practice is described by one client as 'simply the best'. Led by the well-regarded  Richard Youle , the team has expanded recently, with the addition of high profile M&A/PE partner Bruce Embley, who joined in late 2020 from  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The firm has close links with a number of leading mid-market/large European and US buyout houses including Hg Capital and Silver Lake as well as several large sovereign wealth funds and advises on complex acquisitions, exits, and investments. Other key names in the practice include  Katja Butler , who joined Skadden alongside Youle in 2017, Steven Hannah , who was promoted to partner in 2021 and counsel Chetan Sheth.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Youle

Autres avocats clés:

Katja Butler; Bruce Embley

Les références

‘Hard working, dedicated, smart, commercial, client focused. Simply the best.’

‘The Skadden team provide thoughtful, commercial advice. They think outside the box and understand your commercial goals. Creativity above and beyond other practice groups.’

‘Richard Youle, Steven Hannah, Katja Butler – great professionals and friends.’

‘Lorenzo Corte is creative, thoughtful, sharp and thinks outside the box to find solutions to problems where others might give up. Goes the extra mile for his clients.’

Principaux clients

Hg

Castik Capital

TDR Capital

Montagu Private Equity

JAB Holding

I Squared Capital

Calera Capital

LetterOne Holdings

Permira

Silver Lake

Blackstone

Black Diamond

DH Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Coty in the largest deal in the personal products industry in the past five years – its $4.3 billion strategic partnership with KKR & Co.
  • Advised Hg Saturn 2 on a further investment in Visma, a leading provider of business-critical software to private and public enterprises in the Nordic, Benelux and Baltic regions. The transaction values the business at an enterprise value of $12.2 billion.
  • Advised Hg in connection with its investment in the Hyperion Insurance Group, a leading international insurance intermediary operating from over 200 locations in 40 jurisdictions. The transaction is valued at $5 billion.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie counts well-known private houses such as  Bain Capital and KKR among its roster of clients, advising both sponsors and their portfolio companies on acquisitions across a range of sectors. The practice has been involved in a number of bolt-on and carve-out acquisitions, as well as secondary investment deals. The 'on the ball' David Allen leads the team in London, which also includes Karen Guch , who regularly works on cross-border mandates, and Justin Hutchinson , who frequently advises Bain Capital. Alex Lewis is another name to note in the team. The firm added Nick Rainsford  from Ashurst in late 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Allen

Autres avocats clés:

Karen Guch; Justin Hutchinson; Alex Lewis; Nick Rainsford

Les références

‘Extremely responsive team with pragmatic solutions that incorporate  our specific needs. Seamless cooperation with international offices. Approach is less academic and more experience-based which is useful in high pressure negotiations.’

‘David Allen is especially on the ball and has a practical approach to issues that come up, which is particularly refreshing.’

‘They have the determination to cross the finish line and flexibility to adapt to the circumstances, with the goal of the client always in mind.’

‘We value their commitment, attention to detail, energy and drive.’

‘David Allen is our go-to adviser on a range of situations but particularly in medium-sized deals with an international component, where Bakers is highly differentiated thanks to its local offices and strong sector teams.’

Principaux clients

Platinum Equity

Bain Capital

Macquarie

APAX

CVC

The Rohatyn Group (formerly called CVCI)

Fiera Capital

Nordic Capital

KKR

Apollo Global Management

Silver Lake Capital Partners

Brookfield

Bluegem Capital

Core Equity

Investcorp

OpenGate Capital

Staple Street Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised KKR in connection with a USD 4.3bn investment deal in multinational cosmetics and beauty company Coty Inc.
  • Acted for Apollo Global Management on its EUR 500m investment into Sazka, the pan-European lottery group.
  • Acted for APG on its EUR 1.2 billion joint venture with KPN in respect of the roll-out of its fibre-to-the-home infrastructure in the Netherlands.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP advises private equity houses and investment managers on acquisitions and disposals, working with large and mid-market houses. The team is active across Europe, with many of its transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. In addition to  working with PE houses, the practice has strong links to sovereign wealth funds including Singapore’s GIC. The team is led by Christopher Field who regularly advises sponsors on cross-border transactions. Private equity partners Ross Allardice   and Mark Evans quit for White & Case LLP in London after publication of the rankings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Field

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Thompson; Sam Whittaker

Les références

‘Chris Field is outstanding and technically capable.’

‘They provide full dedication of the firm across different teams for the benefit of the client.’

Principaux clients

ArchiMed

Blackstone Credit (formerly GSO Capital Partners)

Cerberus Capital Management

Columna Capital

Endless LLP

Further Global Capital Management

GIC

Mid Europa Partners

Nordic Capital

Sun Capital Partners

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, on the US$27 billion sale of Refinitiv by a consortium consisting of Blackstone, an affiliate of GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CCIB”) and Thomson Reuters to the London Stock Exchange Group plc (“LSEG”).
  • Advised Nordic Capital, a private equity firm with a focus on investments primarily in Northern Europe, on the sale of Swedish electronic trading platform Itiviti Group AB (“Itiviti”) to Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., a NYSE listed entity.
  • Advised Further Global Capital Management, an employee-owned private equity firm investing in the financial services sector, on its acquisition of AA Ireland Limited (“AAI”), a leading roadside assistance provider and insurance intermediary headquartered in Dublin.

Dickson Minto WS

Dickson Minto WS specialises in handling complex, international private equity transactions and often works on deals with unusual technical aspects. The Anglo-Scots corporate boutique has close relationships with a number of well-known buyout houses, advising on acquisitions and exits and also acts for shareholders as sell-side counsel. deals featuring unusual and technical aspects. The corporate boutique has close relationships with a number of buyout houses, advising them on acquisitions and exits, and also acts for shareholders as sell-side counsel. The team is led by the highly experienced Alastair Dickson and Jordan Simpson, and includes a number of other partners who exclusively focus on private equity.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alastair Dickson; Jordan Simpson

Autres avocats clés:

James McClymont

Goodwin

Goodwin's London buyout team has grown significantly in recent years. In May 2020, the practice was joined by James Grimwood, who previously led the private equity team at CMS, with the firm following this up in September with the addition of a five-partner team from Sidley Austin LLP  led by Christian Iwasko and Erik Dahl. These partners joined an existing team, led by Richard Lever, that advises on acquisitions, exits and secondary transactions across a range of sectors. In addition to advising PE houses, the team also acts for management on mandates. Gemma Roberts is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Lever

Autres avocats clés:

Gemma Roberts; Erik Dahl; Christian Iwasko; James Grimwood

Les références

‘Good market intelligence, diverse teams, commercial and pragmatic.’

Principaux clients

ECI Partners

Inflexion

JMI Equity

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

LionRock Capital

LDC

Mayfair Equity Partners

Partners Group

TA Associates

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised long-standing client GTT Communications, Inc., a global leader in the provision of cloud networking services, on its definitive agreement to sell its global infrastructure business to I Squared Capital for US$2.15 billion.
  • Advised TA Associates on its co-investment in DOCU Nordic Group Holdings AB, alongside Stirling Square Capital Partners as part of a wider transaction pursuant to which SSCP’s fourth fund became the majority shareholder in DOCU Nordic following the sale of the entire issued share capital of DOCU Nordic by SSCP’s third fund.
  • Advised SuperAwesome on the sale of its entire equity share capital to Epic Games. SuperAwesome is the developer of a digital marketing platform designed to meet the data privacy requirements of the global kids’ industry.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP's London private equity team acts advises premium and mid-market clients on a range of acquisitions, investments, and transactions for portfolio companies. The team works with both US and UK buyout houses, as well as sovereign wealth funds, and frequently advises on multijurisdictional mandates. Key contacts in the team include London managing partner Will Rosen and Kiran Sharma, who both have close relationships with prominent sponsors. John Newton specialises in the healthcare and life sciences sector, while Helen Croke is active across sectors including consumer goods, technology, and professional services.

Responsables de la pratique:

Will Rosen

Autres avocats clés:

Kiran Sharma; John Newton; Helen Croke; Elizabeth Todd

Les références

‘Stand out individuals in Will Rosen, Helen Croke and Elizabeth Todd. Good technical, but also commercial, lawyers.’

‘Client focused, even if what you’re asking for isn’t market standard or run of the mill. They genuinely care about getting to know their clients; even complicated fund managers who ask for extra consideration.’

‘Small and well run team with a high level of brilliant associates throughout the bench. Very strong relationship building skills and well organised.’

‘Strength and depth across partners and senior associates. A diverse team which replicates our values and provides real freedom from group-think. Market leading life sciences franchise.’

‘Will Rosen is a stand out and a private equity guru. He’s been there and done that, knows everything and is the nicest guy you will ever deal with. Helen Croke is fantastic at managing a large complex transaction through to completion, doesn’t take no for an answer.’

‘Kiran Sharma delivers for us consistently; she’s both extremely effective in a transactional setting and highly client centric  and ensures all workstreams go to plan.’

‘Helen has an enviable ability to translate all of the legal jargon into layman’s terms, help you understand the risks and benefits of certain approaches, how it will be viewed by both your side and theirs.’

Principaux clients

3i Group

Advent International

Aquiline Capital Partners

Arsenal Capital Management

Astorg

Averna Capital

Avista Capital Partners

Bain Capital

Baring Private Equity Asia Limited

Bridgepoint

Cathexis Investment Management

Charlesbank Capital Partners

GHO Capital

Intermediate Capital Group

Lee Equity Partners

New Mountain Capital

Partners Group

TPG Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Partners Group on its €1 billion+ acquisition of a major equity stake in Rovensa, a leading Portuguese-headquartered provider of specialty crop nutrition products, from Bridgepoint.
  • Represented GHO Capital in the acquisition of a majority stake in Envision Pharma Group, a leading technology-enabled scientific communications company, from Ardian. The transaction valued Envision at an enterprise value of more than US$750 million.
  • Advised Baring Private Equity Asia on its US$1 billion+ acquisition of Lumenis, the Israel-headquartered minimally invasive clinical solutions business and the subsequent US$1.07 billion sale of Lumenis’ surgical business to Boston Scientific Corporation.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP 's 'terrific' practice is well regarded by peers and clients for its work advising both PE houses and management on deals. It is able to handle the full spectrum of transactions from acquisitions to secondary investments and counts TA Associates and Bridgepoint amongst its clients. The practice is led by Ian Shawyer , following the departure of the highly regarded Paul Dolman for Latham & Watkins . Lucie Cawood  and Adam Orr  are key names within Travers' practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Shawyer

Autres avocats clés:

Lucie Cawood; Adam Orr

Les références

‘They are totally on top of the UK mid-market PE ecosystem and are very well placed to guide clients through those processes.’

‘Their knowledge and experience is their selling point.’

‘A really terrific group of partners that combine experience, commercial acumen and a willingness to get stuck in rather than float above the transaction.’

Principaux clients

3i Group

August Equity

Arlington Capital Partners

Benson Elliot Capital Management LLP

Bridgepoint

CGE Partners

CBPE Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

Exponent

Graphite Capital

Horizon Capital

ICG

IK Investment Partners

Inflexion

Kester Capital

Livingbridge

Medicxi

Marlin Equity Partners

Nets

Phoenix Equity Partners

Silverfleet Capital

TA Associates

The Access Group

The Carlyle Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Inflexion on its partnership investment in Digital Wholesale Solutions (DWS), a leading independent unified communications and cloud platform provider, currently a division of Daisy Group.
  • Advised the partners of Benson Elliot, a leading UK-based private equity real estate fund manager and longstanding client of the firm, on the sale of Benson Elliot to PineBridge Investments Holdings Europe Limited (PineBridge), a private global asset manager.
  • Advised longstanding client Livingbridge and the management shareholders on the sale of a majority stake in Exclaimer.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP ‘s London private equity practice has seen a change in leadership following the departure of high profile former practice head Ian Bagshaw after eight years at the firm.  Ken Barry has taken over leadership of the team, which remains active on cross-border deals, advising sponsors and management teams on acquisitions and disposals as well as investments. Barry receives mandates from a range of European PE houses with a particular focus on transactions involving Eastern Europe and Africa. The firm moved to rebuild its practice after the current rankings were published, announcing the hire of former partner Ross AllardiceMark Evans and Tony Brown as partners in the City PE team in autumn 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ken Barry

Autres avocats clés:

Lucy Bullock; Richard Jones; Mike Weir; Caroline Sherrell; Sandra Rafferty; John Cunningham; Emmie Jones; Will Summers

Les références

‘Ken Barry and William Summers are outstanding in terms of level of advice and service.’

‘Strong deal flow and experience in the team. High quality advice. Extremely experienced in addressing key issues as they arise. Ability to structure and execute very complex cross border transactions.’

‘Kenneth Barry is all-round excellent. Highly commercial and pragmatic, incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with. His fine negotiation skills and ability to mobilize resources to steer complex transactions across the line on tight timelines are invaluable to our business.’

‘Will Summers is a rising star. A safe pair of hands with excellent technical skills and a commercial mind.’

‘Richard Jones is a very calm head who can be relied on to smoothly drive transactions over the finish line.’

‘Will Summers is an excellent associate.’

‘Richard Jones is second to none.’

‘Richard Jones has supported us for a few years now and he knows both our business, our industry and our internal team very well. He is highly skilled, a top professional and extremely pleasant to work with.’

Principaux clients

Metric Capital

Mid-Europa Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

The Carlyle Group

Nordic Capital

HillHouse / Care Capital Ltd.

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Bybrook Capital

Strategic Value Partners

Novator

PPF Group

Blackstone Credit

Triton Partners

Octopus Investment Ltd

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Blue Water Energy

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Ancala Partners LLP

Summit Partners

SoftBank Vision Fund

Hellman & Friedman Portfolio Company – NETS Holding A/S

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Novator Partners as lead investor in a series G follow-on investment into Monzo as part of a £250 million round.
  • Advised The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Memsource a.s., a leading Czech translation technology provider that assists global corporations and the language services industry in the automation of localisation relating to large volumes of multilingual content.
  • Represented funds advised by Triton Investment Management Limited on the acquisition of ACRE Operating Group, LLC, a leading end-to-end security solutions provider.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises both sponsors and management teams on private equity transactions in sectors including energy, insurance, and life sciences and works with a number of high profile PE clients. The practice has a particular focus on secondary transactions, advising clients on complex investments in funds and GP-led fund restructurings. In addition to handling cross-border transactions involving European companies, the team is active in the African market. David Innes leads the team, while Katherine Ashton handles much of the practice's secondary market work.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Innes

Autres avocats clés:

Katherine Ashton; Geoffrey Burgess; E Raman Bet-Mansour; Andrew Rearick; Dominic Blaxill

Les références

‘Our Debevoise transactional team, led by Kate Ashton, is highly effective. They are our go-to firm for complex, large value transactions. They have a deep bench, and their specialist advice is excellent. They understand our business and its needs, and service our team using advanced technology and in a highly collaborative fashion. Their culture matches ours, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.’

‘Kate Ashton is an excellent operator. She is well-respected in the market. She is ably supported by Andrew Rearick and, on public matters, by Dominic Blaxill. Both of them are superb. Andrew is very technical, cerebral, sees the issues immediately. Dominic is technically very strong and has a great commercial mindset, which is a rare and valuable combination.’

‘Strong experience across emerging markets. Very well versed in sponsor specific considerations. Flexible in terms of team make-up and billing arrangements.’

‘Highly commercial team with deep intellect and problem solving capabilities. True sense of partnership rather than transactional relationship – they care about the clients’ success.’

Principaux clients

Helios Investment Partners

Providence Equity Partners

Pantheon

Ardian

Link Fund Solutions Limited

Elliott Management

Wand Partners

Paraline Group

Capital Group Capital Markets

Precision Medicine Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Pantheon and Ardian as co-lead investors in an Annex Fund established by Antin Infrastructure Partners in connection with a strip sale by Antin’s 2016-vintage Fund III of part of its interests in four portfolio companies to the Annex Fund.
  • Advised Helios in its various shareholder and other arrangements as financial sponsor of a project to develop and maintain a new floating LNG storage and regasification facility in the port of Tema, Ghana. The project represents Sub-Saharan Africa’s first floating regasification facility and positions Ghana as a regional energy hub in Africa.
  • Avised Link Fund Solutions Limited, the authorised corporate director of LF Equity Income Fund (the former, now failed, Woodford Equity Income Fund) (the “Fund”), in the portfolio sale of minority interests held by the Fund in 19 public and private life sciences companies to Acacia Research Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed company.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher advises a wide range of fund sponsor clients across the UK, Europe, and US, working closely with the firm’s international teams on cross-border investments and buyouts. Alongside traditional leveraged buyouts, the firm also advises on investments in real estate and alternative asset classes. James Howe left to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in summer 2020; however, the team still features a number of experienced partners, including Nick Tomlinson, Mark Sperotto and Jeremy Kenley, as well as of counsel Claibourne Harrison, while former Vinson & Elkins RLLP partner Federico Fruhbeck joined as head of European private equity in October 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Federico Fruhbeck

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Tomlinson; Mark Sperotto; Jeremy Kenley; Claibourne Harrison; Patrick Hennessey

Les références

‘Jeremy Kenley and Patrick Hennessey are both exceptional lawyers. They are technically brilliant, responsive and commercial.’

Principaux clients

AGIC Capital

Apollo Global Management

ATL Partners

Bespoke Capital Partners

Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Fund

Brookfield

Centerbridge Partners

Crestview Partners

CITIC Capital

Elliott Advisors

Fajr Captial

First Reserve

Global Leisure Partners

Gulf Capital

Investcorp

I Squared Capital

Liberty Hall Capital Partners

Meadow Partners

Oaktree Capital

OpenGate Capital Management, LLC

Platinum Equity

Safanad

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Stepstone Group

Tishman Speyer

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP‘s ‘vastly experienced’ broad-ranging private equity team advises clients on matters ranging from acquisitions and exits to equity incentive plans related to transactions, private investments in public equity, and carve-outs. The team is also active on transactions involving a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, retail and media. Alex Edmondson leads the team, and frequently advises on sponsor-led buyouts. Stephen Drewitt, who formerly served as head of PE,  continues to be a key contact in the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Edmondson

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Drewitt

Les références

‘A vastly experienced and knowledgeable PE transactional team, ably supported by Macfarlanes’ tax and private funds practices. Transactional expertise is bolstered by a deep understanding of corporate governance matters. The team is smart, responsive and sensitive to client needs.’

‘Stephen Pike is excellent. Stephen is always available, communicates complex points in a straightforward style and knows our key concerns well. Stephen has a great command of the details but is also capable of taking the 1,000 foot view and identifying what’s truly important.’

Principaux clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Alchemy Private Equity

August Equity

Caledonia

Charme Capital

Epiris

Exponent

GHO Capital

Graphite Capital

Hayfin

JC Flowers

Keyhaven Group

OpCapita

Origin Equity Group

Silverfleet Group

Waterland Private Equity

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Epiris LLP on completion of the sale of TI Media, a large UK publisher previously known as Time Inc UK, to Bath-based media company Future plc.
  • Advised long-standing private equity client Alchemy on its participation in a proposed fundraising by Countrywide plc, the largest property group in the UK, which would have involved Alchemy acquiring at least 50.1% of the enlarged share capital of Countrywide.
  • Designed, advised on, and implemented a new equity incentive plan for the management teams of the Cobham group following the takeover of Cobham PLC by Advent International for GBP4bn.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP continues to expand its market share of City private equity activity, receiving mandates from a number of new clients for both high-value and mid-market transactions. In addition to these new clients, the team acts for longstanding clients such as GIC, Investcorp, Anacap and Pollen Street on investments, acquisitions and exits. The team is active in regulated sectors such as financial services, as well as tech and retail. Steven Davis leads the  team, with Andrew Wingfield and Richard Bull also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steven Davis

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Wingfield; Richard Bull

Les références

‘Excellent client service at all times. Very responsive. Knows our business inside out. Always available.’

‘Excellent levels of service always. Highly responsive. Provide excellent commercial advice. Fantastic legal knowledge and experience. Richard Bull is a true business partner and always available whenever needed. Extremely grateful for Richard and his team for all their hard work and dedication at all times when needed by us as a client.’

‘The team is very client focused. They know exactly what our specific needs are. They are able to move deals forward in a very efficient manner.’

‘All team members are good negotiators and are able to come up with efficient and practicable solutions to various issues encountered during a transaction. All individuals we have worked with have been able to create a good dynamic with the various parties involved in a deal.’

Principaux clients

3CP

Abry Partners

AnaCap Financial Partners

APG

Ardian

Charterhouse

Deliveroo

Exponent

FPE Capital

GIC

Goldman Sachs

ICG

Investcorp

Lexington

Lion Capital

Oaktree

One Peak Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Preservation Capital

Rubicon Partners

Schroder Adveq

Synova Capital

Toscafund

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Deliveroo on its Series H funding round that raised over $180 million from existing investors, led by Durable Capital Partners LP and Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, valuing the business at over $7 billion.
  • Acted for Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on various matters including most recently: Investments in Lucid Group and Pageant Media.
  • Advised T.M. Lewin and Bain Capital Credit, on the sale of the T.M. Lewin Group by its ultimate shareholder Bain Capital Credit to London-based private equity firm SCP.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Since Gavin Gordon and David Arnold joined the practice in 2019 from Kirkland & Ellis, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has expanded its private equity presence in London to handle acqusitions, investments and exits for PE houses and their portfolio companies. The London office draws on the firm’s capable French and German PE practices to advise on cross-border deals. In addition to Gordon and Arnold, Claire McDaid is another key figure with experience acting for sponsors and family offices across a range of transactions. Andrew Gray was promoted to partner in January 2021 and is praised by clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gavin Gordon

Autres avocats clés:

David Arnold; Claire McDaid; Andrew Gray; Philip Coletto

Les références

‘I think Willkie have provided a very complete private equity service which carefully integrates deal, fund and LP matters. I have not seen that approach as well worked as it is in the European office of WF&G.’

‘Fantastic client service, willing to take a commercial view to help solve problems without compromising your legal position.’

‘David Arnold and Andy Gray are a formidable team. David provides enormous experience and is available seemingly 24/7 to discuss issues and Andy is able to make things happen very quickly and very precisely. We’re extremely happy with the service.’

‘Extremely commercially oriented. The Willkie team is very adept at giving the bottom line and commercial impact (i.e., not just the problems – but also the solutions and tradeoffs). This is invaluable.’

‘David Arnold demonstrated strong dealmaking skills and  got a challenging multi-jurisdictional transaction over the line in circumstances where many buy-side lawyers would have struggled.’

‘Philip Coletto is professional, reliable, reactive, moulds around our process, risk appetite and timing.’

‘Dedicated to the private equity sector. Always up to date on current trends and developments.’

Principaux clients

Aquiline Capital Partners

Atlas Holdings

CapVest Partners

Dubin Clark

FFP

Freshstream Investment Partners LLP

FTV Capital

Genstar Capital

IK Investment Partners

Insight Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP)

PAI Partners

Searchlight Capital Partners

Stanley Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) on a number of significant transactions over the past 12 months, including on its acquisitions of Creditinfo Group, BigHand and SiPM.
  • Advised Searchlight Capital Partners on a number of significant transactions over the past 12 months, including the take private of Swedish listed company Opus Group AB and in its agreement to acquire a majority stake in Global Risk Partners (“GRP”).
  • Advised Atlas Holdings on its acquisition of global contractor Permasteelisa from LIXIL Group Corporation.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is highly active across a range of private equity transactions, acting for clients in acquistions, exits, and investments. The practice also receives mandates from buyout houses to advise on multi-jurisdictional carve-out acquisitions, take-privates, and joint ventures. The team has strong links to East Asia, as both Michael Preston and Gabriele Antonazzo were previously based in the firm's Hong Kong office.

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Preston; Gabriele Antonazzo; Michael James

Les références

‘A strong, reliable team. Mike Preston is one of our go to lawyers for complex transactions.’

‘The M&A team at Cleary is not that big yet very strong. They work on the more complex and high profile transactions. The team is incredibly hard working and responsive.’

‘They know the market extremely well, offering both breadth and depth. Very user friendly – always available, able to tell the difference about when to be commercial to progress the deal and when to recommend drawing the line on legal risk. True trusted advisers in every sense.’

‘Mike Preston has demonstrated an incredible ability to negotiate commercial outcomes even in the most difficult of circumstances. Mike James is a rising star on the Cleary bench.’

‘Gabriele Antonazzo is a brilliant M&A lawyer; knowledgeable, commercial and with sophisticated drafting skills. He has a measured negotiation style, getting to the best outcome for his client without aggravating the other side.’

‘Mike James operates well beyond his years in practice. My absolute go-to person for legal advice and sense checking. Availability, exceptional working knowledge of the deal, and has clear working knowledge of the documents at all times.’

Principaux clients

TPG Capital, TPG Growth, TPG Asia

Sixth Street Partners

Hillhouse Capital

CDH

Silk Road Fund

Cerberus Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Temasek

Softbank

OTPP

Oaktree

PAG Asia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Cascade Investment in its $4.7 billion acquisition of Signature Aviation plc as part of a consortium with Blackstone and Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Acted as counsel to Sixth Street Partners in connection with the structuring and formation of ELG, a UK and Cayman European life insurance and re-insurance platform.
  • Acted as counsel to TPG in connection with a $300 millionfollow-on investment in a portfolio company, PropertyGuru, Asia’s largest online property listing group with a presence across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s high-value private equity team has a particular focus on advising management teams on exits, buy-outs, investments, and mergers, frequently advising on large, high profile deals. The team also has a significant mid-market practice, acting on mandates from PE houses as well as portfolio companies. Tim Wright leads the London team and the broader European practice, while Ed Griffiths has over 25 years experience in this sector, with a particular focus on the technology sector. The firm has recently strengthened its practice with the addition of the well-regarded Piero Carbone from McDermott.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Wright

Autres avocats clés:

Ed Griffiths; Piero Carbone

Les références

‘The team are very pro-active in their approach. The DLA team spent time with us to ensure we had the right knowledge to ensure that when the time came, we made the right decision.’

‘They really delivered. The team was always available and working in perfect coordination.’

‘The team invested significant time and effort to deeply understand our personal needs and build strong professional relationships to provide a foundation for the engagement. They were flexible and practical about what we needed in terms of coaching and reassurance to put us in a position as a team get what we needed. They responded quickly and efficiently whenever we needed them.’

‘Tim Wright is passionate, commercial, and intelligent. Always determined to get to the nub of any issue and resolve it pragmatically. A super strong negotiator.’

‘The involvement of senior partners really made a difference. Rest of the team very professional and delivering over expectations.’

‘Tim Wright led a great team through a very complex transaction with each team member leading their workstream while never losing touch of the bigger picture.’

Principaux clients

Kirkbi

L Catterton

Cube

IFS Group management team

Neuraxpharm management team

CPA Global management team

Ascot Lloyd management team

Capcomanagemen

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the management team of Neuraxpharmon a buyout and equity investment.
  • Advising L Catterton on the PE Exit of Inspired Pet Nutrition
  • Advising the management team on the EUR3.2 billion disposal of IFS to a new EQT Fund.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's broad private equity practice handles buyouts, investments, and disposals for clients including a number of US funds. The team has a particular niche in advising on private equity GP stake transactions. As well as handling investments in sectors including retail, tech, and consumer goods, the practice acts on secondary transactions involving portfolios of investments. Simon Saitowitz, Dan Oates, and Ian Lopez are the key figures in the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Oates

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Saitowitz; Ian Lopez

Les références

‘Full service firm with strong, commercially-minded partners and expertise across a wide range of practice areas. Good work ethic, available at all times, work delivered is reliably high quality.’

‘Simon Saitowitz is highly commercial, very helpful, easy to work with, particularly strong and thoughtful expertise around preferred and structured equity transactions.’

Principaux clients

AEA Investors

Kartesia Management

Zoovu

Francisco Partners

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Aleris Corporation (Oaktree/Apollo)

Yellow Wood Partners

Allocate Software

Dyal Capital Partners

APG Asset Management

Kennet Advisors

Jacobs Engineering

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as counsel to Jacobs Engineering on the acquisition of PA Consulting from Carlyle by Jacobs Engineering for £1.85 billion.
  • Acted as counsel to Francisco Partners in its $570m acquisition of MyHeritage.com.
  • Acted as counsel to Goldman Sachs Asset Management Petershill program (“GSAM”) in its strategic minority investment in Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington”). The investment follows a multi-decade relationship between Goldman Sachs and Arlington in which GSAM has been a limited partner investor in Arlington’s funds.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP acts for a range of private equity houses and their portfolio companies across acquisitions, disposals, mergers, and investments. The team has been strengthening ties with a number of PE houses including Francisco Partners and Astorg and also frequently works with clients including Oakley Capital. Anu Balasubramanian leads the London team, in addition to serving as vice chair of the global PE practice. Garrett Hayes and Matthew Poxon are also active in the PE space, in addition to advising on M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anu Balasubramanian

Autres avocats clés:

Garrett Hayes; Matthew Poxon; Jamie Holdoway

Les références

‘Anu Balasubramanian is a top-notch partner and was extensively involved throughout our transaction. Jamie Holdoway was an excellent associate and executed flawlessly.’

‘The best M&A lawyers I have come across in Europe. Extremely knowledgeable, highly pragmatic, always available, did whatever it took to get the deal done.’

‘A strong team drawing in great experience across multiple offices. They deliver exceptional value for money compared to other legal firms. Very much focused on the most important legal issues that really move the needle for us as clients and know and understand what matters for us.’

‘The team has a very deep and considered understanding of our specific key focus areas that they have built over a long period of working with us. They have built strong relationships not just with the deal teams but also with corporate individuals that makes working with them efficient as they will not hesitate to reach out to specific individuals.’

‘Strong team, in particular at partner level. Individuals are always available, into the detail and take a real problem solving approach.’

‘Garrett Hayes and David Prowse have been providing strong support and given expert legal advice across our portfolio in recent years. Garrett’s depth of experience is significant and always welcome.’

‘Garrett Hayes has been exceptional on multiple projects that we have worked on together. He is extremely proactive and commercial in driving all workstreams and keep the team focused on achieving the ultimate end goal. He is importantly very personable which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Principaux clients

Brookfield

Abry Partners

Francisco Partners

Oakley Capital

Astorg Partners

Vector Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Strategic Value Partners

SICP Investments

Alpine Grove

Link Mobility Group AS

North Technology Group

Saba Software

Bregal

Benson Elliot

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Francisco Partners in its acquisition of the international business segment of CDK Global, a leading provider of automotive retail software solutions in EMEA and Asia, for $1.45bn.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP leverages its global network of offices to advise private equity clients on cross-border investments, acquisitions, and exits. The practice also draws on the London office's broader expertise in finance, tax, and capital markets to help clients. Simon Burrows and Paul Strecker lead the team. Burrows has close relationships with a number of PE houses, while Strecker is qualified to practice in England and Wales, New York, California, and Hong Kong, offering international experience to clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Burrows; Paul Strecker

Les références

‘Excellent expertise in Private Equity and SPAC transactions.’

‘The partner we worked with was clear, concise, had excellent market and product knowledge, and was capable of identifying quickly red flags in the transaction. Also great at coordinating when we needed a local counsel we had not anticipated. ‘

‘Paul Strecker: Beyond the fact that he is a top notch lawyer, I really like the way he manages his clients and communicates. His negotiations skills are terrific (and very efficient) while always staying courteous and diplomatic. This is something that fits with the value of my organization and our corporate culture.’

Principaux clients

AlbaCore Capital LLP

CVC Capital Partners

Metric Capital Partners

King Street Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Yamma Investments, an consortium of investors led by Metric Capital, on its $200 million investment in Sanovel.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners on its investment in Skroutz AE.
  • Acted for King Street Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Slaughter and May

In addition to advising on buyouts and investments, the private equity team at Slaughter and May also advises on portfolio company M&A, share issues, and management incentives. Practice head Jeff Twentyman is frequently instructed by American buyout houses on deals in the UK, while Filippo de Falco is 'a very focused and sharp operator' who is active across private and public M&A in addition to private equity. Harry Bacon is particularly active in advising on minority investments.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeff Twentyman; Filippo de Falco; Harry Bacon

Les références

‘Slaughter and May apply their very thorough and sharp skills to the PE mid market well.’

‘Filippo de Falco is a very focused and sharp operator, who understands the complexities of the transactional dynamics well.’

Principaux clients

3i Group

Apollo

Blackrock

Blackstone

Corsair Capital

CVC Capital Partners

First Reserve

Francisco Partners

Inflexion

Intriva Capital

Investindustrial

Kingsway Capital Partners

KKR

Midlothian Capital Partners

NewDay

Palamon Capital Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Silver Lake

Värde Partners

 

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities business on its investment in Ki.
  • Advising Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. on the acquisition of Viridor Limited by one of its infrastructure funds for an enterprise value of £4.2 billion.
  • Advising RiverStone on the acquisition of the Neon Group from American Financial Group, Inc.