Overview

Our private equity lawyers provide expert advice on a full range of private equity and venture capital transactions. Our understanding of private equity and venture capital allows us to support our clients across early stage, growth and development capital transactions, management buy-outs (MBOs) and management buy-ins (MBIs), secondary and tertiary buy-outs, public to private transactions, refinancings, restructurings and exits.

Our private equity lawyers have extensive expertise working with private equity and venture capital houses, investment funds, corporates, management teams, senior, mezzanine and other debt providers, vendors and business angels.

With the uncertainty of the current financial climate, we aim to provide you with pragmatic advice to suit your specific needs. Our private equity lawyers are able to negotiate difficult transactions and advise on complex, industry specific matters.

We also work with other specialist lawyers within our firm, as well as our international network, to provide investee companies with ongoing commercial and corporate support as they grow and develop.

Finally, when it is time to execute an exit strategy, we have a significant track record of listings, trade sales and secondary market transactions, among other options.

Areas of focus

Our private equity and venture capital expertise includes the following:

  • Advising on early stage, growth and development capital transactions.
  • Acting on complex buy-outs and buy-ins.
  • Supporting vendors and management on the sale and acquisition of businesses.
  • Exits, including secondary and tertiary buy-outs, trade sales, listings and other exits.
  • Undertaking debt financing, refinancing and restructurings.
  • Tax structuring and incentive arrangements.

 

Experience

Advised ECI on numerous transactions, including its investment in Wireless Logic and on the secondary buy-out of Investis, the leading independent global specialist in digital corporate communications.

Advised LDC on its investment in healthy food chain Vital Ingredient.

Advised Business Growth Fund on its investments in Magmatic Ltd to support major growth for innovative children’s travel pioneer, Trunki.

Advised Mobeus on the buy-out of Ward Thomas Group, a brand-led specialist logistics, storage and removals business.

Advised Beechbrook Capital on the provision of mezzanine finance and equity investment in connection with the management buy-out of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting.

Advised Octopus Investments on a number of investments into anaerobic digestion projects.

Advised management on the investment by Smedvig Capital in Four Times Enterprises.

Advised Ingenious Clean Energy on a number of renewable energy transactions.

Advised management in connection with the £185 million sale of Oasis Healthcare, the UK’s largest private dental chain, by Duke Street to Bridgepoint.

Advised management on the management buy-out of Ministry of Cake Limited supported by LDC.

Advised management shareholders on the £70 million tertiary buy-out of A-Gas by LDC.

Advised lounge and café bar chain Loungers on a £16 million investment by Piper Private Equity.

Advised management on the secondary buy-out of Swift Technical Holdings Limited from Gresham Private Equity by Wellspring Capital Management.

Advised sellers and management on the sale of Snow & Rock Sports to Legal & General Ventures.

Advised management on their investment in Langholm investee company, Bart Ingredients.

Advised management on the $350 million acquisition of Adelie Foods from Duke Street by India Hospitality Corp.

Meet the team
Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd Partner

  • Head of Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare
Alan Barr

Alan Barr Partner

  • Corporate
  • Food and Farming
  • Transport
Dominic Davis

Dominic Davis Partner

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey Partner

  • Corporate
  • Funds and Asset Management
  • Financial Services
Jonathan Eves

Jonathan Eves Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Richard Spink

Richard Spink Partner

  • Head of Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
Rupert Weston

Rupert Weston Partner

  • Corporate
  • Hotels
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Private Equity

One thing that's very clear from the way they operate is that their sector knowledge is remarkable.

Chambers UK 2016