UK

UK-wide

Private Equity


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Private Equity - UK-wide

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 44 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly respected choice for mid-market private equity houses. A good presence in London, Leeds and Manchester. Expertise in sectors such as financial services, healthcare and renewable energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are not just good lawyers but also good business people."

Client service: "They are supportive commercially as well as legally." 

Market standing: "They are a great firm with great relationships."

What's new? New clients include Business Growth Fund, Caird Capital, Rcapital, and Foresight's Environmental Fund.

Work highlights Represented Inflexion Private Equity in several transactions, including the MBO of Natural Products Worldwide.

Advised Gresham Private Equity on the sale of Marston Group.

Notable practitioners  

Yunus Seedat advised the management of Admiral Taverns on the group's acquisition by Cerberus Capital. He counts 3i, Elysian and Phoenix among his clients.

Ben Rodham is a well-regarded private equity specialist who advises clients on a wide range of transactions. He is particularly noted for his work on behalf of major investors.  

Significant clients Equistone Partners Europe, Dunedin, Endless, Foresight, Montagu.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises substantial sponsors on a range of transactions, including significant MBOs. Supported by highly regarded banking and high-yield practices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They have the resources to get things done very quickly and they always get the detail right."

Client service: "First-class service, which is hard to fault."  

What's new? New clients include Bregal Capital.

Work highlights Represented OMERS Private Equity in its £210 million acquisition of Lifeways Community Care from August Equity.

Advised Exponent Private Equity on its acquisition of Fintrax for EUR170 million.

Notable practitioners  

Gordon Milne "understands the private equity market very well," and clients say he is "committed and leads from the front." His recent highlights include advising Charterhouse Capital on its disposal of Wood Mackenzie to Hellman & Friedman for £1.1 billion.

Stephen Lloyd is highly rated by sources for his incisive approach and pleasant manner. He is global head of corporate at the firm.

Significant clients Apax, Värde, Pamplona Capital Management, Towerbrook Capital, Blackstone.  

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad expertise in the private equity arena. Growing international offering in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They have always had a strong reputation in private equity."

What's new? New clients include Charterhouse and Doughty Hanson.

Work highlights Advised the management team of The College of Law on its acquisition by Montagu Private Equity.

Advised Apollo Global Management on the European law aspects of funds affiliated with Apollo acquiring McGraw-Hill for USD2.4 billion. 

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Hanton advised Nomura on the sale of Annington Homes to Terra Firma for £3.2 billion. He continues in his role as head of the team.

David Carter advised Charterhouse on the acquisition of Hero Management Service (UK). Clients praise his keen commercial awareness.

Charlie Geffen has advised some of the leading private equity houses in the market. Sources say he is a "superb private equity lawyer."

Significant clients Cinven, Apax, LGV, General Atlantic, Nordic Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established and growing international reach of the firm makes the well-respected London team a favoured choice for clients on complex cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They were highly responsive and open, and always tried to address my needs and concerns."

International capability: "The ability to wrap up all the international aspects of their legal advice into one package is highly attractive."

Commercial awareness: "The firm knows how our company operates and uses that experience well in the transactions."

Work highlights Represented the management of Global Blue in the sale of the company to Silver Lake and Partners Group for EUR1 billion.

Advised Carlyle on its acquisition of a 30% stake in Penti, a cross-border deal calling on the firm's resources in Turkey.

Notable practitioners  

David Allen is "enormously focused" and "comes up with creative solutions," according to impressed interviewees. He advised a consortium led by Access Capital Advisors on the acquisition of 70% of LBC Terminals.

Significant clients AXA Private Equity, STAR Capital, CVC Capital, Novator, MerchantBridge.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Good reputation for advising private equity houses, corporates and management teams on a range of transactions. Particular expertise in the energy and natural resources, real estate and healthcare sectors.

What's new? New clients include Intermediate Capital and Metric Capital.

Work highlights Represented Intermediate Capital in its secondary buyout, from Bridgepoint Capital and its management team, of manufacturer Symington's.

Advised the Robert Dyas group of companies and its board on the acquisition of parent company Cleeve Court Holdings by Gladys Emmanuel.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Paul is highly respected for his experience representing private equity houses. He is a senior consultant at the firm.

Significant clients Blackstone, Intermediate Capital, Patron Capital Management, Texas Pacific, Mid Europa Partners.  

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly active advising institutional venture capital clients on transactions in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors. Provides clients with expert advice on transactions at all stages.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We get partner time, which is essential, and the service is very good."

Responsiveness: "They were really good and highly responsive."

What's new? Geraint Lloyd joins the team from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was senior partner and head of private equity and venture capital.

New client wins include Albion Ventures, Uniservity and Eykona.

Work highlights Represented Index Ventures Management on the £7.9 million Series B round investment in Secret Escapes.

Advised OpenX Software on series E round financing of USD22.5 million, led by Samsung Venture Investment.

Notable practitioners  

Geraint Lloyd gives clients "highly commercial, directed and problem-solving" advice. He recently advised Albion Ventures on its £2.6 million investment into Proveca.

Angus Miln is "practical, commercial and takes the lead on matters," clients comment approvingly. He is a frequent choice for venture capital and private equity transactions.

Struan Penwarden advised the management team of Audio Visual Machines on a £19 million buyout by Alcuin Capital. Sources say he is a "quality operator" in the technology sector.

Simon Fielder has impressed clients with his "no-nonsense" and "get-it-done" attitude on transactions. He frequently works with US companies expanding their business in Europe.

Significant clients Kreos Capital, Balderton Capital, Tate & Lyle Ventures, Advent Venture, Enso Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- approximately 45 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises private equity firms, the private equity divisions of investment banks and pension plans on transactions across phases in the lifecycle of a fund. Recommended by clients for substantial worldwide transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They have done an excellent job; they are extremely responsive and extremely thorough."

Market standing: "Cleary has the components needed to operate at the premium end of the market."

What's new? New clients include Warburg Pincus.

Work highlights Represented Agilent Technologies in its USD2.2 billion acquisition of Dako from EQT, co-ordinating with colleagues in Belgium and the USA.

Represented Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in their EUR1.023 billion agreement to acquire a 50% stake in Santander Asset Management's businesses.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly pragmatic" Simon Jay represented TPG Opportunities on its EUR140 million acquisition of Uni-Invest through a joint venture with Patron Capital. He is a respected choice on cross-border transactions.

Michael McDonald is a "particularly commercially astute lawyer," clients say. He frequently represents private equity houses on a range of transactions.

Tihir Sarkar recently advised Amun Capital on the USD170 million sale of the Kazakh WiMax business of Alem Communications to TeliaSonera. He has experience in advising clients on transactions relating to India, the Middle East and Africa. 

Significant clients Hellman & Friedman, CVCI, Bridgepoint Capital, GoldenTree Asset Management, J.C. Flowers.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for its representation of buy and sell-side clients on a range of investments, including buyouts, growth capital transactions and infrastructure fund transactions. Praised for its integrated international and multi-disciplinary capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are close to recent market developments."

International capability: "They are an international firm, which is helpful when you are looking at global companies."

Work highlights Advised Cinven on the £465 million acquisition of Mercury Pharma from HgCapital.

Represented Clayton Dubilier & Rice in the acquisition of a substantial stake in retailer B&M Stores. 

Notable practitioners

Matthew Layton advised Actis on the acquisition by the company of the remaining 40% stake in Actis held by the UK government. He is global head of the corporate practice.

The "extremely commercial" David Pearson is praised for his availability and accuracy, with one enthusiastic client adding that he "gets to the point incredibly quickly." He advised Corsair Capital on the acquisition of Notemachine Group from Rutland.  

Simon Tinkler is "an outstanding lawyer and a very nice guy to deal with," according to one client. He advised Montagu Private Equity and Global Infrastructure on their restructuring of and exit from Biffa.

Kem Ihenacho is "an effective lawyer" who adopts a "highly balanced approach" to advising clients on transactions. He frequently advises private equity funds on their investments in Africa.

Significant clients Bridgepoint, EQT, The Carlyle Group, 3i Infrastructure, JPMorgan Infrastructure.  

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A strong reputation for representing mid-market funds on UK deals. Key expertise in the healthcare, financial services and TMT sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We have limited time when working on deals, so having a trusted adviser who comes to me if there are any problems is very valuable."

Work highlights Represented LGV Capital and Hutton Collins in their £100 million purchase of Novus Leisure.

Advised AMP Capital on its acquisition of a 49% stake in the holding company for Newcastle International Airport, NIAL.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Sheach is praised by clients for his experienced approach and his ability to advise clients on complex transactions. Recent highlights include advising Lloyds Development Capital on Bridgepoint Development Capital's purchase by secondary buyout of BigHand Holdings for £49 million.

James Grimwood "cuts to the chase on legal issues" and is "highly commercial," clients say. He advised Octopus Investments and other sellers on the disposition, to an MBO vehicle backed by The Carlyle Group, of Nature Delivered.

Jason Zemmel advised Sovereign Capital on the sale of FM Funerals to Duke Street for £37.5 million. He is "highly proactive, user-friendly" and "works very hard," clients say.  

Significant clients AAC Capital, Advent International, AnaCap Financial, GI, Greenhill Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Highly active practice, respected for its representation of venture capital investors, corporate venture funds and early-stage companies in the life sciences sector. A good profile for UK, US and European transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I have been impressed with the firm and I get excellent service."

Market standing: "They are very strong in life sciences and no one can dispute that, they are heavily focused on the sector."

Work highlights Advised Rightster on several rounds of debt and equity financing.

Acted for Imperial Innovations on a Series G Investment in Oxford Immunotec.

Notable practitioners  

Louise Nash has notable expertise in the life sciences, media and branded goods sectors. She is sought out by clients for transactions which include an intellectual property component.

James Gubbins is "highly experienced, pragmatic and has excellent judgement," comments one impressed client. He advised Cell Medica on a £17 million equity financing.

Paul Claydon recently advised Avlar BioVentures and Excalibur on the financing of CBT Development. His other clients include ETV Capital and Rightster.

Significant clients Solarcentury, Versant Ventures, Wellcome Trust, Johnson & Johnson Development, Lundbeckfonden.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 37 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected choice for private equity houses on complex, cross-border transactions. Good experience in the US and European markets and on Russia, India and Africa-related transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "We got a better outcome in our transaction as a result of working with them."

Responsiveness: "They are very quick to respond and very dedicated to meeting deadlines."

Work highlights Represented American International Group on an agreement to sell up to a 90% stake in International Lease Finance to an investor group led by Weng Xianding, Chairman of New China Trust.

Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on equity and debt financing elements of its agreement to purchase a stake in B&M Retail.

Notable practitioners  

David Innes is a "good technical lawyer" who reportedly has a "large number of personal relationships in the industry." He recently advised the management of Group NBT on its management subscription and equity plan following Hg Capital's purchase of the company.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, Helios Investors, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Alinda Capital, TA Associates.

What the team is known for Boutique firm with offices in London and Edinburgh, advising substantial private equity houses on a range of mid-market and high-end transactions. Stellar reputation in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Huge strength in depth all the way through."

Client service: "You never get the sense that they are anything other than dedicated."

Market standing: "Always easy to deal with and good deal-doers." 

Notable practitioners  

Alastair Dickson is "fantastic" and "formidable," according to sources. He is further lauded for his commerciality and availability. He is a well known and highly respected private equity specialist.

Edinburgh-based Ewan Gilchrist is "calm under pressure and very experienced," and clients note the top-quality service he provides.

Basic facts about the department
- 33 partners
- 30 associates

What the team is known for Advises clients on a range of domestic and international transactions. Highly active in the mid-market, with a client roster including large US private equity funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They have technical and commercial ability and senior-level commitment."

Client service: "They are highly responsive and commercial."

Work highlights Represented the management of CPA Global in its £950 million sale to Cinven.

Advised Sun Capital on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of American Golf Discount Centre from LDC and other investors.

Notable practitioners  

Ed Griffiths advised Blackstone on the £400 million sale to Round Hill Capital of its Nido Student Living business. He has a wealth of experience in advising clients on cross-border transactions.

James Lavery is based in the firm's Birmingham office. His clients include private equity houses and management teams.

Significant clients Caird Capital, Barclays Ventures, GE Equity, CapVest, Maven Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises investee companies, venture capital funds and corporate venture capital on investments at all phases. Sectors of particular focus include technology, internet, media and telecoms.

Work highlights Represented Adeptra in its USD115 million sale by several private equity houses to Fair Isaac Software.

Advised Clinithink on a £4.5 million Series A preferred investment from Finance Wales Investors and others.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Blankfield is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Frameblast, Cognolink, Silicon Valley Bank, TicTrac.  

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service representation of an array of substantial clients on complex and cross-border transactions. Esteemed choice on novel and high-profile transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm is dynamic. It is first-class, professional, but friendly and approachable."

Client service: "The service is exceptional and they have very high-quality people."

Bench strength: "Freshfields is differentiated by its deep bench. Well-regarded people across the board."

Work highlights Represented Cinven in its acquisition of Turkish company Pronet Guvenlik Hizmetleri Anonim Sirketi.

Represented Hellman & Friedman in its purchase of energy and mining research and consulting business Wood Mackenzie for a total of £1.1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

David Higgins is "a brilliant tactician" and a "highly intellectually able commercial adviser," according to impressed clients. He is co-head of the global financial investors group, and is the relationship partner for several key clients.

Significant clients Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Advent International, Blackstone, Apax, Permira.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises companies, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds and other investors with a focus on the media and technology sectors. A robust and growing presence in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercially focused, and I feel that while they are doing a legal job they are also very good at taking on the commercial realities."

Client service: "All of the interactions I have had with the firm have been excellent."

What's new? New clients include Skyscape Cloud Services, Citysocialising, Halocline, Webtab UK.

Work highlights Advised PROfounders Capital on its investment in easyCar's 'Club Car'.

Advised InSkin Media on its £2 million venture capital raise led by Beringea.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Littner is "highly diligent and responsive," and a "great negotiator," sources say. He advised Brandwatch on a USD6 million investment in the company led by Nauta Capital.

Significant clients Atomico Ventures, Forward Internet Group/Forward Internet Partners, MAMA, Runa Capital, mydeco.

Basic facts about the department
-4 partners
-15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advising global clients such as private equity, sovereign wealth and infrastructure funds on a range of deals. Notable sector expertise in real estate, infrastructure and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They did an excellent job on a very complicated deal - a capable, proactive team."

Client service: "They were excellent - with Herbert Smith we got the individual attention of the partner."

Work highlights Represented UCC in its acquisition of United Coffee from CapVest, co-ordinating with colleagues in Paris, Tokyo and Madrid.

Acted for Aberdeen Asset management on its purchase of a 50.1% stake in SVG Capital's subsidiary SVG Advisors.

Notable practitioners 

James MacArthur is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Blackstone, KKR, Antin Infrastructure, Carlyle, Cabot Square.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Valued advisers to a growing roster of private equity houses. Works on transactions in the UK, USA, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. A focus on deals in the energy and infrastructure, media and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The partners are extremely professional, the team is very dedicated and they adopt a good common-sense approach to issues."

Technical ability: "The outcome was excellent as far as we were concerned."

What's new? Pamplona is a new client.

Work highlights Represented Abcam in its acquisition of Epitomics for USD170 million.

Advised the management of Xafinity Consulting on CBPE's acquisition of Xafinity.

Notable practitioners  

"Technically highly gifted," is how sources identify Tom Whelan, further noting his "sensible" and "commercial" approach. He counts a number of private equity institutions, management teams and corporates among his clients.

Alan Greenough "instils confidence" in his clients and is known for the clarity of his advice. He advised Hawkesford International and Dunedin on the acquisition of Trustcorp Jersey.

Significant clients AnaCap, GI, Navis Capital, Trilantic Capital, Inflexion Private Equity.

Basic facts about the department
-3 partners
-5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises venture investors, family offices and emerging companies in high-growth sectors, particularly life sciences, technology and cleantech. Active and well regarded on venture transactions with a US element.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "They give us practical and pragmatic solutions."

Technical ability: "They produced very good advice and a very good deal for us."

What's new? Well-known technology venture lawyer Tina Brown joined the team in February 2013 from Brown Rudnick.

Work highlights Advised a syndicate of investors led by Fidelity Growth Partners Europe on a £10 million Series D investment into Notonthehighstreet.com.

Advised Blacksquare Investments (trading as kupiVIP.ru) on a Series D investment in two parts with an aggregate value of USD53 million.

Notable practitioners  

Tina Baker is "highly pragmatic, and understands the commercial equation as well as the law," impressed clients say. She advised Moo Print on the acquisition of Flavours.me.

Significant clients Index Ventures, Greylock, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Genii Capital, Environmental Technologies Fund.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Good reputation acting for well-known clients on European and transatlantic buyouts. Expertise in real estate, special situations and emerging markets deals. Maintains a strong profile for advising venture capital investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are commercial in approach and user-friendly."

Bench strength: "Jones Day certainly proved to have attracted excellent talent."

Work highlights Advised WL Ross on its acquisition of shares in NBNK Investments for approximately £8 million.

Advised a consortium of institutional investors including Aviva Investors on the sale of IPD Group to MSCI for USD125 million.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Greaves is a "good operator" and "incredibly intelligent and effective," enthusiastic sources report. He has recently advised Alcuin Capital on several transactions, including the secondary MBO of TileCo.

Dan Coppel focuses on advising clients on cross-border transactions in emerging markets, and has particular expertise in the Russian market. One client said: "He was able throughout to provide pragmatic advice and solutions to often complex and technical concerns."

Raymond McKeeve joined the firm in September 2013 from Berwin Leighton Paisner. At his previous firm, he advised the management team of Mercury Pharma on a secondary buyout of the company by Cinven for an enterprise value of £465 million.

Significant clients The Riverside Company, Goldman Sachs, J F Lehman, Inflexion Private Equity, Sovereign Capital.  

Basic facts about the department

-18 partners
-35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Good reputation for buyout work and venture capital transactions. Expertise on leveraged buyouts, GP consolidations, secondary and distressed transactions, including pan-European transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They are great at strategic and tactical advice. They can leverage off their knowledge of the market on top of knowing the law."

Commercial awareness: "They know what is commercially important to the deal."

Communication: "They are joined-up and talk to each other behind the scenes."

Work highlights Represented Terra Firma in its £3.2 billion acquisition of Annington Homes from Nomura.

Advised Better Capital on its £25 million acquisition of Everest.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Davis advised Apollo Global Management on the acquisition of Aurum. Sources praise his driven and goal-oriented approach.

Richard Lever is a "can-do kind of guy" for whom "nothing is a problem," impressed clients say. He advised Investcorp on its £86 million acquisition of Georg Jenson.

Timothy Wright advised Duke Street on the leveraged buyout of law firm Parabis. He frequently advises clients on a range of private company transactions.

Ylan Steiner is "driven and knowledgeable," sources say. He advised Vitruvian on its USD64 million investment in Just-Eat.

Significant clients Lion Capital, Graphite Capital, ECI, Vitruvian, RIT Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong reputation for complex, multi-jurisdictional private equity transactions. Expertise in advising on the US market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "The firm offers a high level of services with a broad range of competencies."

International capability: "A strong focus on the UK and the US markets."

Work highlights Represented Vista Equity in the £1.27 billion take private of the FTSE listed company Misys.

Advised GTCR on the purchase of Premium Credit from MBNA Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Gavin Gordon is praised by sources for his depth of knowledge in the private equity space. He advised Cinven and GS Capital on the disposal of Ahlsell to CVC Capital for EUR1.8 billion.

Sam Pakbaz is "a very good guy to have in the room in a tight spot" and an "extremely good, balanced negotiator," clients say. He advised Bain Capital on its EUR1 billion acquisition of Atento from Telefonica, a complex multi-jurisdictional transaction.

Graham White advised Corporate Executive Board on its USD650 million acquisition of talent-testing company SHL from funds managed by HgCapital and Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

Significant clients Sun Capital, TowerBrook Capital, H.I.G. Capital, Mid Europa Partners, Francisco Partners. 

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 37 associates

What the team is known for Highly integrated with European and global colleagues, offering advice to top private equity houses on cross-border transactions. A good and growing reputation in the market for executing complex deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A key strength is managing the process smoothly, despite a tight timetable and complex vendor negotiations, so that it all came together."

Technical ability: "They are always focused on the job in hand."

Client service: "The quality of people at all levels is top-rate and they are a pleasure to work with." 

What's new? David Walker joined the firm in May 2013 from Clifford Chance.

Work highlights Represented Carlyle in the acquisition of DuPont Performance Coatings for USD4.9 billion.

Advised KKR on its acquisition of Capital Safety for USD1.1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

David Walker has an excellent reputation for his advice to substantial private equity houses on complex transactions. One client said: "I think he is one of Europe's leading private equity lawyers, combining an insightful mind with great commercial judgement."

Michael Bond has a "highly balanced negotiating approach" and "a focus on getting the deal done." He advises clients on a range of private equity transactions.

Graeme Sloan advised Leonard Green & Partners on its acquisition of a 25% stake in Topshop and Topman for £500 million. He is a global chair of the firm's M&A practice.

Nicholas Cline advises European and Middle Eastern clients on private equity transactions. He has represented State of Qatar, Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Holdings.  

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, Charterhouse Capital, CVC, Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area, Onex.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 52 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for advising clients on high-profile UK, European and international deals. The team is highly rated by major industry players for its client service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are highly proactive, responsive, hard-working and considered in their approach."

Commercial awareness: "They are not dogmatic but rather they are tactical and commercial."

What's new? Alex Woodward was promoted to partner.

Work highlights Represented Montagu Private Equity in its £200 million acquisition of The College of Law from the Legal Education Forum.

Advised a consortium of selling stakeholders and Actavis itself on the disposal of Actavis for EUR4.25 billion to Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners  

Carlton Evans advises private equity houses on a range of transactions including acquisitions and refinancings. He has notable expertise in advising clients on takeovers.

Alex Woodward is a "fantastic technical lawyer" who wins praise for his negotiation skills. He advises private equity houses and other financial sponsors on leveraged M&A and portfolio matters.

Significant clients Arle, Oaktree Capital, Global Infrastructure Partners, Bridgepoint, The Carlyle Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service and well-regarded practice offering guidance to a diverse array of private equity houses, secondary houses and senior lenders. Handles transactions across the high-end and mid-markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "A good full-service offering in private equity."

Client service: "We get a high level of service and responsiveness."

Commercial awareness: "They are detail-oriented and understand the commercial side."

Work highlights Advised Four Seasons Healthcare on its £825 million sale to Terra Firma.

Advised August Equity on the sale of Lifeways to OMERS for approximately £207 million.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Martin is praised by clients for his intelligent and proactive approach on transactions. He lately led the team advising on Terra Firma's acquisition of key client Four Seasons Healthcare.

Charles Meek provides clients with "technically robust and commercially practicable advice," clients say. He represented Exponent Private Equity on the purchase of HSS.

Charles Martin is a frequent choice for sponsors and corporates. One client said: "He is extremely commercially savvy and an extremely good negotiator."

Howard Corney advises clients on a range of private equity transactions. He has considerable experience in advising clients on pan-African deals.

Significant clients Darwin, OpCapita, Better Capital, Goldman Sachs, Gresham.

Basic facts about the department
- 16 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents venture capital funds, investee companies and management teams on a range of transactions. Receives frequent repeat instructions from funds clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "It is well run and has a firm commitment to high-level service."

Technical ability: "They are very reliable and very thorough."

What's new? Andrew Wigfall joins the team from Nabarro LLP.

Work highlights Advised Ingenious Media on the sale of Cream Holdings to Live Nation.

Advised Amplience on its further investment by Octopus Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Duncan Innes is rated by clients for his "very level-headed common-sense advice." He advised Mobeus Capital, RBS and other shareholders on the sale of Letraset to The ColArt Group.

Andrew Wigfall is "extremely detail-oriented" and "technically very good," market sources say. He specialises in advising clients in the technology sector, including VC funds and corporates.

Significant clients Alcuin Capital, Imperial Innovations, PUK Ventures, The Capital Fund, Iona Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises venture capital funds, syndicates and business angels on fund creation, portfolio investments and exits. Acts for technology companies on a range of matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They provide us with a very good service - a good mix of legal advice and the ability to be pragmatic."

Pragmatic advice: "They take a pragmatic position and are able to advise on likely scenarios."

What's new? New clients include Crowd Vision, Langholm Capital, University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund and Mercia Growth Fund.

Work highlights Represents SPARK Impact, the fund manager of NWF (Biomedical) in its portfolio investments and follow-on investments including its investment in Alchemy Pharmatech.

Advised Low Carbon Innovation Fund on seven portfolio and follow-on investments.

Notable practitioners  

Zickie Lim recently advised IQ Capital on several portfolio investments. She has particular expertise in advising clients on university spin-offs.

Significant clients Key Capital, Secret Escapes, Metalysis, Evi Technologies.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to advise venture capital funds on investments. A burgeoning practice representing growing companies, particularly those in the technology sector.

Work highlights Advised Union Square Ventures on its part of a USD30 million investment into Hailo.

Advised Balderton Capital on a £10 million investment into MedicAnimal. 

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Inkester is the main contact at the firm. 

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents an impressive roster of mid-market private equity houses, management teams and companies on a variety of transactions. Continues to advise clients in the venture capital arena.

What's new? Appointed to the panel of venture capital investor Octopus Investments.

Work highlights Represented the management of Pizza Hut (UK) in the £20 million sale of its dine-in restaurant business to Rutland.

Advised the shareholders of NES Global Talent on the £234 million sale of the company to funds advised by AEA Investors.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Rosen's highlights include advising ISIS Equity on its £5.2 million investment into restaurant group Pho 2012.

Fabrizio Carpanini advised the shareholders of NES on its sale for £234 million. He heads the corporate group.

Chris Mackie advised Hailo on its funding round led by Accel.

Duncan McDonald advised Chamonix Private Equity on the acquisition of Peverel Retirement Homes for up to £62 million. He is well regarded for his advice on a range of private equity transactions.

Significant clients ISIS Equity, Chamonix Private Equity, NBGI PE, Primary Capital, Graphite Capital Management.

What the team is known for Well known in Silicon Valley and London, with a notable footprint in the technology sector domestically and internationally. Highly active in advising technology companies on venture capital investments.

Work highlights Advised Yammer on its acquisition of Onedrum and, subsequently, on the acquisition of Yammer by Microsoft.

Advised Llustre on its sale to Fab.com.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Grew is "highly commercial" and has a good reputation for early stage technology sector work. He offers technology company clients advice on matters such as venture capital, cross-border M&A deals and public offerings.

Significant clients Conversocial, Erply, Box of Awesome, Skimlinks, Brainbow.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its active venture capital practice, and also has a growing private equity transactional practice. Sectors of particular expertise include digital business and technology, energy and natural resources, and financial services.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have real expertise on private equity deals."

Technical ability: "They are professional and produce very good work."

What's new? Mark Spinner joins the team from Eversheds.

New clients include Mobeus Equity, Westminster Growth Capital, Oxford Capital and Jabil Circuit.

Work highlights Represented LDC in further funding rounds in A-Gas, provided to fund overseas acquisitions by A-Gas.

Advised Sovereign Capital on its acquisition of Tessella for £18 million.

Notable practitioners  

Alisdair Livingstone is "highly calm under pressure" and has "huge depth of experience," market sources report. He advised Growth Capital on the MBO of Iglu.com.

Greg Leyshon advises private equity houses and companies on a range of transactions. He is head of markets at the firm.

The "highly impressive" Robert Wood advised Mobeus Private Equity on the MBO of the Matrix Group, and subsequently on the acquisition of Tessella. He is experienced in advising clients on venture capital transactions.

Mark Spinner is highly regarded for his expertise on private equity transactions. Sources praise his experienced and effective approach to advising clients.

Significant clients August, Highland, Foresight, Disruptive Capital, Business Growth Fund.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its national coverage and advice to private equity houses, entrepreneurs, management teams and private equity-backed companies on a diverse array of transactions. An expanding international profile.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are excellent; a very responsive and high-energy organisation."

Bench strength: "There is always an appropriate level of partner oversight- they have high-quality juniors and the partners are always visible on transactions." 

What's new? New client wins include Business Growth Fund, Penta Capital, Endless and Robert Bosch Venture Capital.

Work highlights Represented Lloyds Development Capital in its acquisition of a 22.5% stake in the law firm Keoghs.

Advised Endless on the management buyout of VION Food, involving co-ordination with restructuring, property, commercial contracts and food safety colleagues.

Notable practitioners  

Clients are quick to note Andrew Masraf's "incredible memory for the detail" and "friendly and relaxed style." He advises investors and management teams on buyouts, buyins, secondary buyouts and disposals.

Significant clients Better Capital, West Coast Capital, Key Capital, 3i Growth Funds, Sullivan Street. 

What the team is known for Houses New York and English-qualified lawyers who work on an integrated basis with the firm's offices worldwide. Represents US and European private equity clients on major deals. Expertise in public-to-private, leveraged buyout, and stock and asset purchase transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "The team is made up of reliable, go-to guys." 

International capability: "Globally, the Simpson Thacher brand is in the top bracket for this." 

What's new? Derek Baird joined the firm from Allen & Overy.

Work highlights Advised an affiliate of Blackstone Capital Partners VI on its acquisition of Intertrust from Waterland Private Equity Investments.

Represented KKR in the acquisition and financing of A2A Coriance.

Notable practitioners  

"Class act" Adam Signy is "incredibly knowledgeable" and "really good to work with, no matter the time of day or night," sources say. He advised Expro International on the USD630 million sale of its Connectors and Measurements business to Siemens.

Derek Baird is a "highly commercial and able lawyer," and "goes into bat for his clients without being obstructive," impressed market observers say. He is highly regarded for his advice to private equity firms on a range of transactions.

Michael Wolfson is "strong analytically" and "responsive," and receives praise for looking after his clients' long-term interests.

Significant clients Arle Capital, Apax, Blackstone Real Estate, The Carlyle Group, Melrose, Silver Lake.

Basic facts about the department

-3 partners
-8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid and growing reputation for the representation of firms, investment companies and their portfolio companies on transactions such as leveraged buyouts, recapitalisations and MBOs. Particular expertise on sophisticated cross-border deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They served their client's interests very well."

Market standing: "I found them easy to deal with, they are a good strong team."

Work highlights Represented Doughty Hanson and Euroland Investments on the USD1.1 billion sale of Norit.

Advised Blackrock on its acquisition of the exchange-traded funds division of Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly experienced" Allan Murray-Jones is "phenomenally intelligent." One enthusiastic interviewee comments: "You are likely to get a good deal with him on your side." He advised Doughty Hanson on its acquisition of Eurofiber Nederland from Reggeborgh Groep.

Significant clients Rain Carbon, NDS/Permira, Helios, Zobele, Veritas Capital.

What the team is known for Represents sponsors and private and public companies on buyout transactions, including those at the top end of the market. Highly respected M&A and finance teams provide clients with broad structuring expertise on bespoke deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They gave us excellent advice and service levels."

Bench strength: "It is an excellent law firm with very strong associate ranks."

What's new? New clients include Oaktree Capital Management and TPG Capital.

Work highlights Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the £807.2 million acquisition of Edinburgh Airport.

Represented ISS and its majority owners, GS Capital and EQT, on a EUR500 million investment in ISS by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Kirkbi Invest.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Twentyman is a "highly practical, highly commercial lawyer" who "cuts very quickly to the answer," impressed clients report. He represented Terra Firma on its acquisition of Four Seasons Health Care for £825 million.

Significant clients 3i, Francisco, Goldman Sachs Capital, Palamon, PSPIB.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises private equity houses, companies, management teams and financial institutions on transactions such as MBOs, secondary buy-ins and buyouts, and public-to-privates. A presence in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We received a very good service from the private equity practice."

Team work: "As a corporate team they work really well together, which is very noticeable from a client perspective."

What's new? New clients include Business Growth Fund and VSS.

Work highlights Represented LDC on the £35 million MBO of Airlines Services.

Advised Business Growth Fund on its £4.4 million investment into Springfield Healthcare.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Jones is identified as a "strong technical lawyer with an appreciation of commercial issues." He advised Inflexion Private Equity on the secondary buyout of Marston.

The "highly pragmatic" Tim Hewens is praised by clients for his "diligence and understanding of the whole picture of a deal." He recently advised the management team of etc. venues on the secondary buyout of the company.

Significant clients EPIC Private Equity, Unilever Ventures, Dunedin, Endless, ISIS Equity.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 associates

What the team is known for Advises clients on an array of private equity transactions, including MBOs, PIPE investments, restructurings and refinancings, with notable expertise in maritime-related private equity transactions. Continues to advise clients on venture capital transactions, including seed financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We received great client care, attention, accessibility and empathy."

Work highlights Represented members of the management team of Bohemia Interactive Simulations on the purchase of their stake in the company by Riverside.

Advised Aim Group on the £50 million refinancing of its former UK division, Aim Aviation UK which is owned by Lloyd's Development Capital.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Elizabeth Field acts for a number of private equity-owned clients and also advises venture capital investors on a range of transactions. 

Significant clients Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Adenium Energy Capital, Hazel Capital, Injazat Capital, Longmynd Industrial.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for advising start-ups, listed companies and investors of all sizes on a range of transactions. Highly active advising start-up companies at TechCity on seed and early-stage funding rounds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "The service was excellent, we were working to a very tight timeframe on the transaction and they delivered."

Bench strength: "They put the correct resources in place and got the deal done."

What's new? Mike Turner joins the team from Osborne Clarke.

Work highlights Represented Mimecast on an investment from Insight Venture of USD62 million.

Advised the existing investors in Oxford Immunotec, who include DFJ Esprit, on a new fundraising of up to USD28 million.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Winter represented GCP Capital on the £10 million acquisition of Farmers Guardian and Pulse publications from United Business Media. He is highly experienced in advising clients on leveraged finance transactions.

James Goold is highly respected by market sources for his expertise on domestic and international private equity transactions. His clients include Inflexion Private Equity.

Emma Danks is a "highly bright, personable, commercial and effective lawyer," one satisfied client said. She advised MML Capital on the EUR17.6 million acquisition of ATA.

"Quality operator" David Mardle is a "good, commercial lawyer," who "gets things done in tight time frames," impressed sources say. He recently advised Workshare and its shareholders on the purchase of the company by Skydox.

Simon Walker advised the shareholders of Taptu on the sale of the company to Mediafed. He has particular expertise in advising clients in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors.

Howard Palmer "remembers everything" and "gives practical solutions to real problems," clients enthuse. Infinity SDC mandated him to advise on fundraisings from Lansdowne, RIT Capital and others.  

Mike Turner joined the team from Osborne Clarke in 2013. He is recommended by sources for his knowledge of the digital media sector.

Significant clients Index Ventures, Climate Change Capital, Dawn Capital, Amadeus Capital, Environmental Technologies Fund.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises many large UK and international private equity houses on high-end and mid-market deals. Sources speak highly of its expertise on highly complex transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercial and help us to solve our business problems. They are able to think creatively about issues."

Technical ability: "The structuring was very complicated and they did a terrific job."

Client service: "They deliver a very good service and are very responsive."

What's new? New clients include Avail Media, Crystal Motor Group, Leeds Equity Advisors, Pure Gym and Top Right Group.  

Work highlights Advised NDS on the position of its senior management team after the USD5 billion sale of the company to Cisco Systems.

Represented Silverfleet Capital in its EUR137 million acquisition of A/S Cimbria.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Hale advised 3i on the £1.54 billion acquisition of Network Finland and Heat Finland. He heads the corporate team.

Paul Dolman is "incredibly commercial," and is praised by clients for his personable manner. His highlights include advising Clessidra SGR on its EUR300 million acquisition of Euticals.

Philip Sanderson represented Sirius Equity on its £26 million investment in feelunique.com. Sources praise his highly knowledgeable approach to private equity transactions.

"Bright lawyer," Helen Croke is "tenacious," "thinks out of the box" and is "highly focused on getting the deal done," impressed market sources say. She advised BTMC Bidco, backed by Intermediate Capital, on the tertiary buyout of ATPI from Equistone Partners Europe.

Ian Shawyer is "able to mix clear legal advice with common sense," and "understands problems and offers solutions," satisfied clients say. He is a regular choice to advise management teams, investee companies and institutional investors on a range of transactions.

Edmund Reed is commended by clients for his "commercial, 'can do' approach." He has an active practice advising private equity houses on transactions.

Significant clients Bridgepoint, Lyceum Capital, Silverfleet Capital, Exponent, Arle.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 23 associates

What the team is known for High-quality representation of clients on market-leading transactions. Excellent reputation for private equity restructuring and leveraged finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They provide a consistently high standard of service."

Breadth of services: "I think they are a fantastically complementary team."

Professionalism: "A good professional firm and they do a good job."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include CVC, Close Brothers Private Equity, Technology Crossover Ventures and Charterhouse.

Work highlights Represented Access Industries, Alfa and Renova on the sale of their stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft.  

Advised Advent International on the acquisition of KMD.

Notable practitioners  

Marco Compagnoni is an "extremely capable lawyer" who has a "wealth of highly practical and applicable experience." He is a top choice for "really difficult, really important transactions," clients say. He advised CVC Capital on the £537 million acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey.

"Guru of private equity," Michael Francies is "an incredible lawyer" who is "highly bright, incredibly hard-working and commercial," enthusiastic clients say. He advised Lion Capital on the sale of a 60% stake in Weetabix Food to Bright Food.

Jonathan Wood is "bright and commercial" and "incredibly responsive," impressed clients report. He advised Levine Leichtman Capital on its £53 million acquisition of Mander Portman Woodward.

James Harvey works on a wide range of domestic and cross-border private equity transactions. He is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in New York.

Significant clients OMERS Private Equity, HgCapital, Oaktree Capital, Vision Capital, Mubadala.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist corporate and technology firm advising investee companies and investors such as venture capital funds and high net worth angel investors on fundraising transactions. Other clients include private equity houses, VCTs, early stage technology funds and universities.

What's new? New clients include Frog Capital, Highland Capital and Matches Fashion.

Work highlights Advised Highland Capital on its investment in NewVoiceMedia.

Advised Gigaclear on its equity fundraising from a syndicate of angel investors.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly responsive" Phil Riman recently advised Lucky Joe on an investment in the company by Scottish Equity and Highland Partners. He is experienced in advising clients on venture capital transactions.

Significant clients Mantis Deposition Holdings, Woelbern Private Equity, Delta Economics, Concorde Solutions, Photoways.  

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 associates

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its advice to private equity houses on transactions across Central and Western Europe, the USA and globally. A focus on the manufacturing, industrial, financial services and TMT sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They have a real depth of experience at the senior level and at the sub-partner level."

Client service: "They are great guys and very hands-on and competent."

Work highlights Represented Clyde Blowers Capital in its acquisition of Moventas Wind Oy and Moventas Santasalo Oy from the bankruptcy estate of Moventas Oy, a cross-border deal involving the UK, USA and Finland.

Advised Fourth Hospitality, a subsidiary of ECI, on its acquisition of Adaco.

Notable practitioners 

Ian Bagshaw is "highly responsive, highly commercial and very hard-working," impressed clients say. He advised Triton on the EUR550 million sale of Bravida to Bain Capital.  

Richard Youle is praised by clients for his high level of service and commerciality. He advised Hg Capital on the sale of Mercury Pharma to Cinven for £465 million.  

Significant clients AlpInvest, Digital Realty Trust.

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Andrew Betteridge of Ashfords LLP is "highly focused" and "pragmatic," and has "good commercial judgement." He represented Eden Ventures in the £10.8 million sale of We7.

Richard Spink of Burges Salmon LLP advised Gresham Private Equity on the £25 million MBO of Investec. He heads the private equity team at the firm.

Gregory Hammond of Eversheds LLP is highly regarded for his advice to clients on a range of private equity transactions.

Dee Sian of Keystone Law is rated for her advice to clients on a range of private equity and venture capital investment transactions. She has notable expertise in advising clients on VCT matters.  

Simon Sale of Mishcon de Reya has a number of management teams, private equity funds and investee companies among his clients. He joined the firm from Dundas & Wilson.

Eamon Devlin of MJ Hudson LLP is "highly responsive, and provides legal advice in a balanced manner which takes practical commercial realities into consideration," one impressed client said. He advised Chamonix Private Equity on its acquisition of Peverel together with Electra Private Equity.

David Ramm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP is an "eminently sensible" lawyer who "understands the maths," impressed clients say. He joined the firm from Edwards Wildman Palmer where he advised ABRY on the acquisition of a majority interest in Thomsons Online Benefits.

David Bresnick of Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP joined the firm in December 2012 from CMS. He counts a number of technology and telecoms companies among his clients.

David Baylis of Norton Rose Fulbright advised STAR Capital on the sale of Oxford Aviation Academy to CAE for USD315 million. His advice is "highly pragmatic, business-focused and clear," clients say.

Perry Yam of Reed Smith LLP is "creative in deal structuring and superb at negotiating," clients say. He joined the firm in March 2012, and is head of private equity for Europe and Middle East.

Bill Mone of Ropes & Gray LLP "did a great job of leading us through a complicated transaction," one satisfied client states. His clients include BlackRock.  

The "impressive" Will Rosen of Ropes & Gray is "highly commercial in approach" and "highly responsive," satisfied clients say. He advised Smedvig Capital on the sale of Ocean Outdoor.

Kavita Patel of SGH Martineau LLP advised Octopus Investments and Lightsource Renewable Energy on investments in 50 companies. She is highly regarded for her expertise on venture capital investments.

"Heavyweight" Mark Soundy of Shearman & Sterling LLP has "great interpersonal skills," and "his finger on the pulse of the market," impressed sources say. His sectors of particular expertise include retail, media, technology and financial services.

Arthur Stewart of Simmons & Simmons LLP is "highly user-friendly," "highly responsive and commercial," "delightful to work with" and is "a great guy to have on your side when things get difficult," clients say. He advised Veolia Environnement on the sale of its EUR1.45 billion water business to Rift Acquisitions.

Ian Piggin of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co acted for Business Growth Fund in an investment in Broadbandchoices.co.uk. Clients say he is "very good commercially."

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