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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
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on mid-market deals for a range of well-known names in the private equity space. Proficient bench of practitioners who are specialists in the area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We've been very pleased by the speed and effectiveness of their work. They're extremely efficient at getting things done."

Work highlights Advised AFI Group on Rutland Partners' acquisition of AFI-Uplift from Equistone for £85 million.

Assisted Phoenix Equity Partners with its purchase of a majority interest in Key Retirement Solutions from Cabot Square Capital for £35 million.

Notable practitioners  

Yunus Seedat is noted as a "fantastic" practitioner who has "intellect and interpersonal skills" and who "rolls his sleeves up and does it." He acted for ISIS Equity Partners in its £22 million investment in Nigel Frank International.  

Significant clients 3i, ECI, Gresham, ISIS, LDC, Montagu.

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

What the team is known for High-quality team boosted by the recent expansion of its bench. Able to bring practice teams together for full-service private equity coverage. Also makes good use of its extensive global network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide the full service. Having a firm with international reach and scope is incredibly important and they have that."

"They are a very high-quality firm and the lawyers there are very good."

What's new? Stephen Lloyd joined the firm in March 2014 having previously spent 12 years at Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised OMERS Private Equity and AIMCo on their major £935 million joint acquisition of Vue Cinemas from Doughty Hanson and firm management.

Worked with Charterhouse Capital Partners on the EUR3.1 billion sale of ista International to CVC Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Lloyd is a highly respected figure in the private equity market with 20 years of experience in the area. He is co-head of the firm's practice group and has recently joined from Ashurst.

Gordon Milne is developing an excellent reputation in the private equity world, with sources highlighting him as "a very skilled, very smart, hard-working lawyer" who is also noted for his analytical skills. He was the lead lawyer on the firm's work for OMERS Private Equity and AIMCo on their joint purchase of Vue Cinemas.

Significant clients Apax Partners, Exponent Private Equity, Capital International Private Equity, Värde Partners, Pamplona Capital Management.

What the team is known for Well known for its capacity to handle leveraged buyout transactions, as well as a host of other private equity matters. Offers clients the benefit of a full-service practice including financing. Services an array of domestic and international private equity houses.

What's new? Merged with Australian firm Blake Dawson in September 2013. The new combination continues to be known as Ashurst.

Work highlights Acted for Merlin Entertainments, which is backed by private equity investors, on its £937 million IPO.

Assisted Apax Partners with its purchase of Rhiag in a deal worth EUR560 million.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Hanton is a "very smart guy and real technician," according to commentators. He acts on a wide range of transactional work, lately advising on Oaktree Capital's £165 million purchase of Countryside Properties.

David Carter impresses sources as a "bright individual who gets numbers as well as words" and who "goes down well with management teams." He advised Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Property Holdings on its £180 million purchase by KSL Capital Partners.

Significant clients Cinven, Doughty Hanson, Charterhouse, Blackstone, General Atlantic.

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

What the team is known for Utilises its comprehensive global coverage to act on multinational private equity transactions. Mandates frequently feature an international dimension. Attracts clients from the healthcare, infrastructure and energy sectors, due to the firm's sectoral specialisms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very commercial. They definitely focus on the key issues, take a view on things and don't get bogged down."

"For me it's having good lead partners who know senior management well and know the company. It's those trusted adviser relationships that we have."

Work highlights Worked with Emerson Electric on the sale of part of its business to Platinum Equity for around USD300 million.

Advised Bain Capital on Ideal Standard's restructuring of the African and Middle Eastern arms of its business.

Notable practitioners  

David Allen is described as "technically very good and a very commercial lawyer" who "communicates very well." Sources are quick to note his experience in private equity matters. He advised Montagu in relation to a management incentive scheme for its portfolio company Euromedic.

Significant clients Platinum Equity, Ardian, EQT Partners, Macquarie Group, Capital International.

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

What the team is known for Leading name in the venture capital space, with a superb track record for guiding start-ups through their early investment rounds. Able to utilise the firm's excellent intellectual property and technology expertise when advising clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think we get a very well-engineered project with a lot of control and attention to detail."

"They've been great on client service. They've always been available." 

Work highlights Acted for Index Ventures on its USD17.5 million B-round financing of Swiftkey.

Advised Albion Ventures on its £9.3 million investment into a Scottish Highlands hydropower scheme.

Notable practitioners

The "exceptional" Angus Miln is highly rated by sources for his "exquisite attention to detail" and "really sound commercial judgement." Venture capital work forms a substantial part of his practice.

Struan Penwarden "always has a pragmatic solution to problems" and is "so experienced and calm" when it comes to venture capital transactions, say sources. Of late, he has acted on a number of multimillion-pound investments.

Geraint Lloyd is a highly experienced member of the venture capital team, with over 30 years of experience in transactional matters. He is "technically really solid," according to one source.

Significant clients Kreos Capital, OpenX Software, Just-Eat, Sensus, Accel Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 5 associates

What the team is known for Works with a range of clients across the UK and Europe on venture capital matters. Established practice particularly based around cross-border transactions, with an adept team tailored to such mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I would rate them very highly. They are always available including over weekends and when abroad. They are efficient and proactive in ensuring we have considered issues."

"They are attentive to the client's long-term relationships, needs and situations."

Work highlights Assisted Aster Capital and Ombu Group with their combined raising of USD10 million for a Series A investment into Iceotope.

Acted for Oxford Immunotec on its pre-IPO reorganisation through a scheme of arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Dorff is described as a "pragmatic lawyer" who is "commercial and understands what's important" to clients, according to sources. He heads up the firm's international corporate group.

Significant clients Highland Capital Partners Europe, Atomico, Index Ventures, Novo A/S, Environmental Technologies Fund.

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

What the team is known for Provides a comprehensive private equity service for clients, supported by its wealth of experience in fund formation. Represents an impressive client roster in the UK and worldwide, including several major private equity houses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I really like Cleary - they're high quality." 

Work highlights Acted for Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic on its acquisition of a 50% interest in Santander's global asset management arm for around USD1 billion.

Represented TPG in relation to its £400 million purchase of TSL Education Group from Charterhouse Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Jay is "lovely to deal with and technically very strong," according to commentators. He acts on a range of transactional work, including, of late, as co-lead for Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in its USD1 billion purchase of a 50% stake in part of Santander's business.

Michael McDonald is recognised as a player in the private equity market by sources. Among his recent work was acting for TPG in its purchase of TSL Education Group from Charterhouse Capital Partners in a deal worth £400 million.

Tihir Sarkar represents clients across a range of private equity and corporate transactions. He has a significant international aspect to his practice, including acting on matters in emerging markets.

Significant clients Hellman & Friedman, CVC, Amun Capital, Bridgepoint Capital, GoldenTree Asset Management.

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

What the team is known for Remains an extremely strong and well-respected player in the private equity market, with an enviable client list and regular representations on major transactions. Has greatly increased its practice in the emerging markets, with Africa a particular area of focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're hungry and not passive - they're proactive with the client. It's about a business relationship."

"They are available and responsive. I don't hesitate to call them."

"They clearly have a very broad capability in the UK and Europe."

Work highlights Assisted Electra Partners with its disposal of Allflex to BC Partners in a deal worth USD1.35 billion.

Advised CVC Capital Partners on its purchase of Domestic & General Group from Advent International for £750 million.

Notable practitioners  

David Pearson gains plaudits from clients who compliment his "comprehensive grasp of everything," noting that he is "hugely involved and has a comprehensive view of what's going on across all the work streams." He was the lead lawyer on Doc Bidco's acquisition of R Griggs Group for EUR380 million.

Sources think highly of Simon Tinkler, crediting him as "technically extremely strong" as well as commercial. In addition to his wide-ranging private equity practice, he leads the firm's London corporate group.

The "outstanding" Jonny Myers is an "incredibly insightful" lawyer who "impressed technically and with the quality of his advice." Among his key areas of expertise are retail and media, where he often advises high-profile clients.

Matthew Layton is described as a "fantastic lawyer" and a "legend in the field." He is managing partner of Clifford Chance.

Significant clients Permira, Cinven, Actis, KKR, Montagu Private Equity.

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

What the team is known for Holds a strong position in the UK mid-market, with a number of top private equity clients. Continues to develop its significant niche in acting for clients on investments in Central and Eastern Europe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand client service. You always feel like the only client - they turn things around very quickly and have a lot of resources."

"The partners we've used are quite technical but also quite commercial and good to work with."

"They are excellent. At the start of the transaction, they almost hold your hand and they take control. You don't have to tell them exactly what you want."

What's new? Dundas & Wilson became part of CMS in May 2014.

Work highlights Represented the management of Allflex Holdings in Electra Partners' disposal of the business to BC Partners for around USD1.3 billion.

Assisted Lloyds Development Capital with its £210 million sale of Avelo Group to IRESS.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Sheach is an "excellent" private equity lawyer, according to one peer. He has extensive experience in the area and recently brought this to bear for the management of Allflex Holdings in its sale by Electra Partners for USD1.3 billion to BC Partners.

James Grimwood regularly acts on significant matters for the firm, including representing LDC in its disposal of Avelo Group to IRESS. One client says: "James is that very rare lawyer who is extremely and fiercely commercial as well as being pragmatic and sharp on the law."

Jason Zemmel is noted as being "very good at getting the deal across the line" as well as being an "extremely hard-working lawyer who always puts his clients first." He advised Sovereign Capital Partners on its sale of Choice Care Group to Caledonia Investments.

Significant clients AAC Capital Partners, Advent International, AnaCap Financial Partners, LGV Capital, Risk Capital Partners.

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

What the team is known for Largely devotes its private equity practice to acting for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Represents a variety of start-ups, funds and investors in early-stage funding and subsequent growth.

Work highlights Assisted AstraZeneca/MedImmune with a number of transactions and investments, including its acquisition of Spirogen.

Advised Imperial Innovations on its Series A investment in Crescendo Biologics, worth £17.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Louise Nash has two decades of experience working on transactional matters and she often appears in deals involving venture capital. According to sources, she ensure that deals run "like clockwork."

James Gubbins has a broad range of experience acting for life science and pharmaceutical start-ups as well as assisting with investments. Of late he advised Infirst Healthcare on an investment from Invesco Asset Management worth £25 million.  

Significant clients Heart Metabolics, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Neomed, Novo A/S, Stanmore Implants.

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

What the team is known for A wide-ranging practice handling work for clients in the UK and worldwide. Performs consistently well on cross-border private equity funding and transactions, working with the firm's extensive network of offices. Particularly proficient in its sector strengths including insurance and financial services, retail and TMT.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really treat us like a valuable client. They have tons of big clients but even if we have the smallest question they treat it like a top matter."

"They do a really good job and have a high attention to detail."

Work highlights Advised long-standing client HarbourVest Partners on an acquisition of a majority stake in Absa Capital Private Equity Fund I from Barclays Africa Group.

Assisted the management of Vue Entertainment with the company's major £935 million sale by Doughty Hanson to OMERS Private Equity and AIMCo.

Notable practitioners  

David Innes is a "very able" lawyer whom sources note as "very strong at acting for management" on private equity deals. He was lead lawyer for the management of Vue Entertainment in its sale by Doughty Hanson in a deal totalling £935 million.

Significant clients Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, TA Associates, Stone Point Capital, Deutsche Bank.

What the team is known for A prominent firm in the market which dedicates a great deal of its resources to private equity matters. Sources note its ability to undertake high-end deals but it also possess strong capability at the mid-market level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do an extremely good job no matter what you ask of them." 

"We like them a lot. They're great - small and focused on private equity."

Notable practitioners  

Sources are effusive about Alastair Dickson's capabilities in private equity, with one going so far as to call him "the best private equity lawyer there's ever been." With nearly 40 years' experience in the area, he "still rolls his sleeves up and is working on lots," according to commentators.

Ewan Gilchrist is an experienced private equity practitioner whom sources describe as a "high-quality lawyer." Clients consistently note the ease of working with him.

Martin McNair "knows private equity like the back of his hand," says one peer. He is particularly recommended for his "very thorough" work acting for management teams.

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

What the team is known for Large and extremely busy private equity team, which holds a strong position in the mid-market space. Noted for its seamless cross-office co-ordination and full-service offering in the area.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We were delighted. They were absolutely responsive and the team was very good."

"They were highly commercial, had a rapid response time and were very proactive."

Work highlights Acted for Caird Capital and David Lloyd Leisure Operations Holdings on TDR Capital's purchase of David Lloyd Leisure Group.

Advised Gresham Private Equity and management on the purchase of Hotter Shoes by Electra Private Equity.

Notable practitioners  

Ed Griffiths is well regarded by peers for his private equity practice and is also noted for his ability in technology-related matters. Of late, he led the firm's assistance of Caird Capital and David Lloyd Leisure Operations in the sale of David Lloyd Leisure Group to TDR Capital.

Jim Lavery has a "great reputation" in private equity, according to sources, and is regarded as one of the most notable practitioners working in the space outside of London. He recently advised RJD Partners in the sale of IPES to Silverfleet Capital Management for £50 million.

Significant clients Barclays Ventures, Business Growth Fund, Bridgepoint, Equistone Partners, Oaktree Capital.

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

What the team is known for Pre-eminent bench, marked out as a leading choice for some of the most active private equity houses in the market. Noted for its comprehensive capability in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Also acts for major sovereign wealth and pension funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Super-professional - they did a great job. They were fully staffed and always available."

"They had all the right resources that could be brought to bear. They delivered and led us through a lot of legal aspects."

Work highlights Worked with Advent International on its disposal of Domestic & General to funds being advised by CVC Capital Partners. The deal was worth £750 million.

Assisted TPG and Ivanhoé Cambridge with the purchase of PointPark Properties for a total of EUR800 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" David Higgins is a "highly technical and very commercial" lawyer who is described by one peer as "a really good operator." He acted for Cinven in its complex purchase of Heidelberger Leben from Lloyds Banking Group for around EUR300 million.

Adrian Maguire is noted as an "ultra-reliable" lawyer who is "on the rise," according to leading peers. He was the lead lawyer advising Advent International on the £750 million sale of Domestic and General.

Significant clients Blackstone Group, CVC, Warburg Pincus, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Apax.

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

What the team is known for Concentrates on its specialist areas of technology and media, acting for investors and start-ups on private equity investments. Puts its strong IP and technology teams to good use in venture capital work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very reactive and adaptable and had ways of creatively arriving at the answer."

"The reason they're good for us is that they get the commercial side. They understand we want things quickly. They're very focused and very commercial."

Work highlights Assisted Ingenious Ventures with a series of investments in start-ups in the UK.

Advised Brandwatch on a £1.5 million venture debt investment by Silicon Valley Bank.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Anthony Littner "seems to genuinely enjoy coming up with a creative solution and helping clients come up with the right answer." He advised Ingenious Ventures on various investments it made into UK media and creative start-ups.

Significant clients Atomico Ventures, Forward Ventures, PROfounders Capital, InSkin Media, Skyscape Cloud Services.

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

What the team is known for Acts for a range of large private equity clients across the globe, utilising its strong international network to establish and strengthen relationships. Key areas of expertise include TMT, energy and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm always very impressed by the calibre of associates working on the deals but also how involved the lead partners are."

Work highlights Advised Blackstone Group on its purchase of St Enoch shopping centre from Ivanhoé Cambridge, in a deal worth £190 million.

Worked with Carlyle on its sale of a number of properties in London.

Notable practitioners  

James MacArthur is a "very well liked" practitioner and a "very good guy in the private equity world," according to commentators. He led the firm's representation of Carlyle in the disposal of parts of its London property portfolio.

Significant clients KKR, Antin Infrastructure Partners, Cabot Square Capital, Dasym, Hannam & Partners.

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

What the team is known for Broad-based practice able to represent clients drawn from a range of countries and industries. Particularly adept at matters involving financial services, media and energy and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are thorough, competent and work hard. They have a good geographic and, in particular, European capability."

"I am so pleased with the service and quality of work of Hogan Lovells that I do not bother with beauty parades and panels."

Work highlights Assisted We Buy Any Car with its sale to private equity-backed British Car Auctions for £150 million.

Advised Advent International in its disposal of Oxea to Oman Oil Company.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Whelan is a "really excellent practitioner," picked out by sources for his "proactive, hard-working" approach. He was recently appointed as global co-head of the firm's private equity group.

Significant clients Actis, Pamplona, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Trilantic Capital Partners, Warburg Pincus.

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

What the team is known for Emerging boutique firm specialising in representing funds and start-ups in venture capital transactions and investments. Particularly strong in matters in the IP, technology and life sciences sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very professional and they get on with the job. No complaints!"

Work highlights Acted for Farfetch.com on its Series C investment from multiple investors, worth more than USD20 million.

Represented TransferWise in a USD9 million-plus Series A investment round.

Notable practitioners  

Tina Baker is described by peers as a "very big name in technology," while clients describe her as a "very responsive" lawyer who "does not tend to complicate things." Of late, she acted for Index Ventures in several venture capital investments worth over £100 million in total.

Significant clients Greylock Partners, Fidelity Growth Partners Europe, Genii Capital, Environmental Technologies Fund, Fon Wireless.

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

What the team is known for Makes good use of its excellent US and international offering to provide a strong private equity capability for clients. Possesses a roster of partners with the skill and experience to act on top-end deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give a nice blend of local knowledge and international expertise."

What's new? Raymond McKeeve joined the London office from Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2014, along with three other partners.

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs International and Greystar Real Estate Partners in their joint venture purchase, from the administrator of Opal Property Group, of 21 properties worth in excess of £300 million.

Worked with the management of Cabot Credit Management on its purchase by funds managed by JC Flowers & Co for a substantial sum.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Adam Greaves is a highly experienced private equity lawyer highlighted by one source as "very commercial and very fast." He heads up the firm's practice group and advised the management of Cabot Credit Management on its buyout by private equity funds backed by JC Flowers & Co.

Raymond McKeeve is regarded as a "good operator" in the private equity market and possesses substantial transactional experience.

Up-and-comer Michael Weir has a broad corporate background, and extensive experience advising financial sponsors, including private equity sponsors, on major transactions. Sources are impressed with Weir, calling him a "bright, technical operator."

Significant clients JF Lehman & Company, The Riverside Company, WL Ross Co, Morgan Stanley Funds, Abu Dhabi Capital Management.

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

What the team is known for Substantial team acting across a broad spectrum of private equity work from large and mid-market deals to venture capital investments. Bolstered international presence, with its capability in markets such as Africa a particular strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an outstanding group of partners who are very experienced, very professional and very available."

What's new? The firm was formed by the merger of King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin in November 2013.

Work highlights Assisted a consortium fronted by Warburg Pincus with the provision of USD600 million of equity capital to Delonex Energy.

Worked with Duke Street on its disposal of Oasis Healthcare for £185 million to Bridgepoint.

Notable practitioners  

Ylan Steiner has plentiful experience working on venture capital deals for investors and growth businesses. Among his recent work was acting for Blippar.com on its £2.3 million Series A funding.

The "fantastic" Steven Davis is described as a "very, very tough" opponent, while sources are also quick to highlight his strong business acumen.

Richard Lever specialises in working with a variety of private equity houses and investors on transactional matters. He recently worked with Graphite Capital Management in a management buyout of City & County Healthcare Group from Sovereign Capital Partners.

Significant clients Lion Capital, Duke Street, Graphite Capital, ECI Partners, Investcorp.

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

What the team is known for Popular destination for private equity clients, building in size and reputation. Ably supported by a strong leveraged finance offering. Highlighted for its deep bench and formidable client roster.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a well-rounded, very commercial group of attorneys who are very strong in the areas we need them the most."

"They have significant talent on the ground in London."

Work highlights Worked with Bain Capital on numerous recent deals, including advising on its USD519 million purchase of FTE Automotive from PAI Partners.

Acted for KKR on its acquisition of Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions in a USD1 billion deal with Melrose Industries.

Notable practitioners  

Sam Pakbaz "stands out" as a practitioner who is "very good to have from a technical perspective." He regularly features on deals for Bain Capital, lately acting on its USD1.1 billion joint acquisition, with Altor Equity Partners, of EWOS.

The "excellent" Gavin Gordon is described as "very commercial," with sources noting his strong client relationship skills as a key trait. He acted for New Mountain Capital on its purchase of Alexander Mann Solutions from Graphite Capital for £260 million.

Significant clients Sun Capital Partners, TowerBrook Capital Partners, GTCR, Mid Europa Partners, Macquarie.

What the team is known for Gaining increasing recognition, thanks to several high-profile additions to the team. Represents a number of blue-chip private equity houses and regularly handles significant deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm impressed by them - they've been very responsive and professional. They're very good at mobilising the machine - they have almost infinite resource when you need it."

"They have strong private equity depth, a global footprint and market-leading finance."

What's new? Partners Tom Evans and  both joined the firm from Clifford Chance.

Notable practitioners  

David Walker is a "fantastic" and "very well-rounded" private equity lawyer who impresses peers and clients with his abilities in the area. He is particularly noted for his robust yet constructive approach and easy comprehension of the clients' needs.

Michael Bond leaves sources highly impressed with his skill in private equity: "Even though he was leading the deal he was all over the details." He has over 20 years' experience in transactional law.

Graeme Sloan is a seasoned corporate professional who focuses his work on corporate finance and M&A. He is global chair of Latham & Watkins' M&A group and has good experience working on private equity deals.

Tom Evans is recognised as a key player in private equity, with sources commenting that he is "very good technically." He joined the firm in October 2013 from Clifford Chance.

Kem Ihenacho is a new arrival at the firm, having joined from Clifford Chance. Sources think highly of him, calling him an "impressive" partner and who is "a serious deal doer."

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

What the team is known for Maintains strong presence in the market, housing an extensive bench backed by strong leveraged finance capability. Advises a number of prominent names in the market and continues to develop new relationships.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very strong corporate private equity practice." 

Work highlights Assisted TDR Capital with its £750 million purchase of David Lloyd Leisure Group from London & Regional and Caird Capital.

Advised Rhône Capital on the purchase and financing of Eden Springs in a cross-border deal worth EUR240 million.

Notable practitioners  

Carlton Evans is a "very good partner" who is an experienced figure in corporate and private equity. He recently advised the shareholders of Burton's Holdings, including private equity owners, on the sale of the business.

Alex Woodward "really understands private equity," according to clients, who add that he offers "quick, pragmatic advice." He assisted HgCapital and Manx Telecom with the former's strategic exit through a £156 million IPO and subsequent AIM listing.

Significant clients Triton, Bridgepoint, Global Infrastructure Partners, Montagu Private Equity, EQT.

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

What the team is known for Prominent in the private equity market and highly active on both high-end and mid-market deals. Also developing a solid international presence. Additionally recognised for its representation of management teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a class outfit. It's the quality of the service, and they're very flexible as well."

"They're a firm with a very strong reputation and they've never failed to deliver on that reputation."

Work highlights Worked with Alchemy on the disposal of its majority stake in Cathedral Capital to Lancashire Holdings for £266 million.

Advised the management of Domestic & General on the purchase by CVC of the firm's holding company from Advent and the management.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Martin is an "extremely experienced" and "highly rated" lawyer who is a trusted adviser for corporate and private equity work, according to clients. He assisted Alchemy with the £266 million sale of its interest in Cathedral Capital.

Charles Meek "continues to impress," according to sources, who also point out his extensive experience as a particular strength. He recently advised Domestic & General's management on the company's purchase from Advent by CVC.

The "excellent" Howard Corney focuses his practice on private equity and M&A, and has experience working on cross-border deals. Of late he advised on Patron Capital's joint purchase, with Legal & General, of Cala Homes.

Senior partner Charles Martin is able to draw upon nearly 30 years of experience in private equity and corporate work. Once source calls him a "quality operator."

Significant clients JC Flowers & Co, Vision Capital, Darwin, Exponent, 3i.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Concentrates on matters involving technology, with venture capital investment a major focus. Noted in the market for its partner-led approach and bench of experienced practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A really great team in terms of response time and availability. They're always coming up with detailed answers."

Work highlights Advised Friendly Fashion on an investment from Insight Venture Partners and others, worth a total of USD27 million.

Acted for Sovereign Capital Partners on the purchase of Hunters Moor by Christchurch Group.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Wigfall is a "very, very sensible" practitioner, identified by sources as "very trustworthy, reliable and committed" and "a wonderful person to interact with." He has acted on multiple transactions for Balderton Capital.

Duncan Innes is highly experienced in corporate and private equity matters, described as "very supportive" by one interviewee. He co-led the representation of Mobeus Equity Partners and Connection Capital in the management buyout of Virgin Wines.

Significant clients Beringea, Edge Performance, Ingenious Media Active Capital, The Capital Fund, Iona Capital.

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

What the team is known for Respected venture capital group with particular strength acting for technology and life sciences spinouts from Oxford, Cambridge and other major universities. Developing its private equity practice advising management teams and funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very thorough and they provide great attention to detail."

Work highlights Advised the Low Carbon Innovation Fund on its numerous significant investments.

Assisted Metalysis with its Series F funding round, which raised £5 million from investors including Environmental Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

Zickie Lim is well thought of by peers and clients, with commentators noting her as "very commercial." She regularly acts for start-ups, including, of late, for Sphere Fluidics on its Series A funding round worth £2 million.

Significant clients SPARK Impact, IQ Capital Partners, Mercia Fund Management, Cambridge Enterprise, Bicycle Therapeutics.

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

What the team is known for Highly active in the venture capital market, acting for early-stage companies in relation to a variety of investments. Continues to see a large number of instructions from technology firms, with financial technology an increasing focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I trust them to give sensible advice when it's needed. That's the key for us."

Work highlights Represented Lifebatt in the £5 million Series A investment into the company.

Worked with Balderton Capital on its £500,000 Series A round investment into Depop.

Notable practitioners  

John Finnemore is a senior associate whom one source calls "outstanding" and another describes as "capable, efficient and professional." He acted for Balderton Capital on its Series A funding of Depop.

Significant clients Accel Partners, University of Oxford, Lyst.com, GoCardless, Agilitas Partners.

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

What the team is known for Well regarded in the mid-market, handling work for a broad range of clients, including management teams and acquisition target companies. On the venture capital side, it has substantial strength in IP and life sciences-related work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very commercial, very straightforward and you feel like you're part of their team. They're a high-quality organisation."

"The key benefit is that they are extremely partner-led."

"I very much like their work - they're very responsive, they obviously know their way around transactions and are pretty commercial. No other firm I've worked with has impressed to the same extent."

Work highlights Worked with the shareholders of Alexander Mann Group on its £260 million sale to New Mountain Capital.

Advised ISIS Equity Partners on an investment into Young Samuel Chambers worth £18 million.

Notable practitioners  

Sources call Fabrizio Carpanini "a trusted adviser" with "a wealth of experience" in private equity matters, developed over a career spanning three decades. He advised Alexander Mann Solutions on its sale to New Mountain Capital for £260 million.

Chris Mackie is a "very user-friendly and commercial" private equity specialist who, sources say, "just knows his way around a transaction." Lately he advised Hailo Network Holdings on its Series D investment, led by OCCAM Partners Fund and worth around USD40 million.

Duncan McDonald is described as "technically very well rounded" and "very practical" by commentators who also point out his excellent attention to detail. He advised the shareholders of Côte TopCo on the company's sale to Chablis Bidco, which was backed by CBPE Capital.

Stephen Rosen has a broad-based corporate practice, featuring expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, with particular strength in deals involving life sciences. Sources comment on his "well-calibrated" advice and "very user-friendly and commercial" approach.

Significant clients Primary Capital, Better Capital, NGBI Private Equity, Chamonix Private Equity, Syncona Private Equity.

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

What the team is known for Houses a specialist team in London acting for start-ups and emerging companies, with a particular focus on technology firms. Utilises its strong network in the USA, notably in Silicon Valley, to provide comprehensive support to international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They took a long-term, commercial view of our relationship."

Work highlights Assisted XMOS with its Series C finance round, worth up to USD14 million.

Worked with General Catalyst Partners on its Series A investment into mobile technology firm YPlan.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Grew is an "excellent" and "small-company friendly" lawyer who is noted for being "immensely well networked" in the venture capital world. Of late he acted for XMOS in its Series C funding.

Significant clients Atomico, Emerging Travel, Huddle, Skimlinks, Frontier Ventures.

What the team is known for High-calibre mid-market practice that counts a number of prominent private equity houses among its client roster. Additionally active on venture capital investments, with noted ability in technology-related work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The Osborne Clarke team is very strong." 

Notable practitioners  

Alisdair Livingstone is described by private equity clients as "unflappable, practical and very user-friendly," while others highlight his "huge depth of experience." He heads up the firm's private equity practice.

Greg Leyshon is praised for his "valuable commercial insight" and "incredibly clear thinking" by sources. He acts for a range of private equity houses, while also handling work on venture capital deals.

Mark Spinner is a well-regarded figure in the market, able to utilise 25 years of experience in private equity and corporate matters. He advised Caledonia Unquoted Investments on its purchase of Choice Care Homes Group from funds run by Sovereign Capital.

Robert Wood is a "very user-friendly, clear and absolutely thorough" lawyer who has established a robust venture capital practice. He caters particularly to clients in the digital business sector.

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

What the team is known for Solid player in the mid-market arena, housing a number of well-known and experienced private equity practitioners. Increasingly developing a focus on international transactions.

Work highlights Assisted the Department of Health with its sale of a majority stake in Plasma Resources UK to Bain Capital for around £200 million.

Worked with Inflexion Private Equity on its £73 million purchase of onthebeach.co.uk from ISIS Equity Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Gregg Davison is an "excellent" and experienced practitioner who is "well regarded by a lot of private equity houses," according to sources. He advised ECI Partners on its acquisition of a majority interest in Harvard Engineering.

Andrew Masraf is noted as being "remarkably commercial" as well as being "incredibly personable." He is an experienced practitioner, and also heads up the firm's corporate group.

Edward Stead "works incredibly hard" for clients, say commentators, and gains praise from peers and clients for his developing private equity practice. He advised the management of Cala Group on its £210 million management buyout, achieved with backing from Legal & General and Patron Capital.

Significant clients Equistone, ISIS, Sovereign Capital Partners, LDC, Dunedin.  

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

What the team is known for An emerging practice primarily known for its work in the venture capital space. Developing capability in private equity for clients in Europe and the USA on the back of the firm's international presence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were excellent and high-quality. I like their commercial basis and the ease of doing business - they are always there when you need them."

Work highlights Assisted Ippon Capital with its £7.6 million investment into Midatech.

Worked with French private equity house Serena Capital on its fundraising and investment into Worldstores.

Notable practitioners  

Perry Yam remains one of the leading names in the venture capital market with sources commenting on his "responsive, thorough and detail-oriented approach." Of late he advised Serena Capital on its capital injection into Worldstores.

Significant clients CBPE, Pamplona, Advent Venture Partners, Lightsource/Octopus Ventures, Resonance Asset Management.

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

What the team is known for Bolstered by the expansion of the group in London, the practice is making considerable strides in the market. Draws on resources from elsewhere in the firm, including its leveraged finance and high-yield offerings.

Work highlights Advised the senior management of Mergermarket on the company's £382 million purchase by BC Partners from Pearson.

Worked with Electra Partners on its acquisition of a majority interest of Hotter Shoes from Gresham.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Soundy is a "serious practitioner" in the private equity market, according to peers. Clients highlight him as "very commercial" as well as "very professional and user-friendly." He advised Arle Capital Partners on its disposal of Qioptiq to Excelitas Technologies Corporation for USD700 million.

Ben Rodham is a "standout" young lawyer who, sources say, "knows his onions on the technical side as well as having a sound commercial mind and being good with clients." He joined the firm in 2014 from Addleshaw Goddard. 

Significant clients HgCapital, Bridgepoint, Investcorp, Apax, Vitruvian.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners

What the team is known for Compact yet high-powered private equity group acting for some of the largest and most prominent US private equity houses. Consistently attracts significant mandates thanks to the quality of its bench. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a great depth of bench and really strong talent in M&A - they are capable of doing any deal you want."

"I thought very highly of them and was very impressed with the team."

Work highlights Acted for KKR on its significant purchase of SBB/Telemach from Mid Europa Partners.

Assisted Melrose Industries with its USD1.01 billion disposal to KKR of The Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Signy is an "outstanding" practitioner, described by one source as "the epitome of a trusted adviser." He regularly appears on the biggest private equity deals for the firm, including Melrose Industries' sale of two of its portfolio businesses to KKR for USD1.01 billion. One client says: "If I had to choose just one lawyer to work with, Adam would be the one."

Derek Baird is noted as an "exceptional" lawyer with an "ability to critique and analyse what's important." He has been busy acting for a range of clients, including Charterhouse Capital Partners on its disposal of TSL Education Group.

Michael Wolfson is a highly regarded name in the market, with extensive experience of working for clients in a wide range of industries including real estate, financial services and TMT. Of late he represented The Blackstone Group in the disposal of Mivisa Envases to Crown Holdings.

Sources call Gregory Conway "a true problem solver" who is "really commercial" and "understands how clients operate in different markets." In addition to his fee-earning work, he is also managing partner of the firm's London office.

Significant clients Apax Partners, The Carlyle Group, Melrose Industries, TDR Capital, Arle Capital Partners.

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

What the team is known for A well-known name in the market, which continues to work on a range of deals for a number of top clients. Provides a full-service offering, utilising the extensive resources of the wider firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are incredibly responsive, they work hard and they know what it means to serve sophisticated clients who understand the issues. They're professional in what they produce and are pretty commercial."

Work highlights Assisted Doughty Hanson & Co with its major disposal of Vue Entertainment to AIMCo and OMERS Private Equity for a total USD1.4 billion.

Acted for Excelitas Technologies in its acquisition of Qioptiq for an undisclosed sum from Arle2 Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Shaun Lascelles is a corporate and private equity lawyer, known in the market as "exceedingly well prepared as well as incredibly polished and professional." He is a busy figure in the market and recently acted for BlackRock on its purchase of MGPA from Macquarie.

Significant clients BTG Pactual, Zobele Holding, Helios Investment Partners, Avanza Grupo SA, JW Childs Associates.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners

What the team is known for Offers private equity clients the benefit of extensive expertise in corporate matters, as well as a suite of complementary practices. Acts on a range of deals, primarily concentrating on major buyout transactions.  

Work highlights Advised Countrywide Group and its private equity backers, Oaktree Capital Management and Apollo, on its initial public offering.

Worked with Palamon Capital Partners on the disposal of a majority interest in Cambridge Education Group to Bridgepoint.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Twentyman is able to deploy 25 years of experience in corporate and private equity deals and regularly acts for significant clients. He advised Corsair Capital and Centerbridge Partners as part of a consortium on a £600 million investment into Williams & Glyn ahead of its IPO.

Significant clients Apollo, First Reserve, PSPIB, Terra Firma, Varde Partners Europe.

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

What the team is known for Highly visible on private equity matters in the UK mid-market. Broad-based practice featuring expertise in acting for private equity houses, investees and management teams.

What's new? The new firm of Squire Patton Boggs was formed in June 2014 following the merger of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs.

Work highlights Assisted the management of Clinisys and ECI Partners with Clinisys's sale to a vehicle backed by Montagu Private Equity.

Advised the management team of Dr Martens on its purchase by Permira for £300 million.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Hewens is noted as an "exceptionally experienced" lawyer who has a "measured and sensible negotiating style and a lot of integrity." He heads up the private equity team at the firm.

Sources "really rate" Jonathan Jones as "a strong technical lawyer," with particular praise given for his client service skills. Of late he advised ECI Partners in the secondary buyout of Clinisys by Montagu Private Equity.

Significant clients Inflexion, Endless, EPIC, LDC, Business Growth Fund.

What the team is known for Possesses a deep and varied practice which is adept on traditional private equity deals as well as venture capital deals. Houses a particular strength in acting for technology-related businesses. Known in the mid-market for its strong roster of experienced lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Taylor Wessing are always very professional." 

"They were excellent - I'd be hard-pushed to tell you what they didn't do well!"

Work highlights Worked with Inflexion Private Equity Partners on its purchase of Cablecom from ISIS Equity Partners.

Assisted the shareholders of Shutl with the sale of the company to eBay for an undisclosed sum.  

Notable practitioners  

David Mardle is a "high-quality" guy, noted by sources for his professionalism. He focuses his work on venture capital transactions and advised Crescendo on its equity fundraising, worth £17.5 million.

Emma Danks is a highly rated younger partner who works on a range of private equity transactions. Of late she assisted MML Capital Partners with its purchase of Optionis Group from Inflexion Private Equity Partners.

Simon Walker is a highly experienced figure in venture capital who heads up the firm's practice group in that area. He was the lead lawyer for the shareholders of Shutl in the company's acquisition by eBay.

Howard Palmer works predominantly on venture capital deals, with particular strength in technology. He advised Infinity SDC on a fundraising of £48 million from a number of investors.

Mike Turner is a specialist in media, technology and communications matters. He has outstanding experience in a wide variety of corporate and venture capital transactions.

Sources note James Goold for his adept representation of clients in private equity matters. He recently assisted Inflexion with its acquisition of Cablecom from ISIS Equity Partners.

Martin Winter is described as an "extremely experienced" lawyer who is "spectacularly responsive" and has "a very good business brain." He co-led the firm's recent work for Electra Partners in its purchase from D&M Holdings of Allen & Heath.

Significant clients Rutland Partners, Index Ventures, Climate Change Capital, Ludgate Environmental Fund, Amadeus Capital.

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

What the team is known for Considered a class act for private equity, particularly for its mid-market prowess. Remains active in high-end matters, continuing to act for management teams as well as major private equity houses. Possesses a strong, deep bench of experienced lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"There's a real strength-in-depth there. Their whole business is based around private equity."

"They're very pragmatic and know how we want to work. You really feel they've got your back at the most difficult times."

Work highlights Advised 3i Group and the management team of Civica on Civica's sale to OMERS Private Equity for a total of £390 million.

Assisted Bridgepoint with its £185 million purchase of Cambridge Education Group from Palamon Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Travers Smith managing partner Chris Hale "does a fantastic job," according to sources, who are full of praise for the continuing strength of his practice in the area. He took the lead advising 3i Group on its disposal of Civica to OMERS Private Equity for £390 million.

Sources call Paul Dolman an "incredibly straightforward" partner who is "the most commercial lawyer I have come across." He co-led the team advising Hellman & Friedman on the merger of Web Reservations International and HostelBookers.com.

Helen Croke is noted as an "exceptional negotiator" who is highly respected in the private equity market. Of late she worked with TA Associates on a significant investment in Flashtalking.

Edmund Reed is "rated very highly" by sources, with one noting him as "very diligent and very thorough." He assisted Bridgepoint with its £185 million acquisition of Cambridge Education Group from Palamon Capital Partners.

Ian Shawyer is often seen on transactions for both management and private equity clients. He co-led the firm's work for Hellman & Friedman in the merger of its portfolio company, Web Reservations International, with HostelBookers.com.

Significant clients Equistone, Exponent, Lyceum, Phoenix, Carlyle.

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

What the team is known for Formidable force in the private equity market, housing leading practitioners who participate in some of the most significant deals in the market. Client base includes a raft of top names, both domestic and international.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They get the right balance of sound legal advice and apply it in a commercial way without taking the wrong risks. They are very diligent and committed, and make us feel like we are their most important client. They always get the job done at a level we expect."

"It's a high quality of work, an excellent team and they know what we need. An impressive outfit."

Work highlights Assisted Montagu Private Equity with its proposed purchase of Rexam's prescription retail and healthcare devices arms for a combined total of USD805 million.

Advised OMERS Private Equity on its purchase of Civica from 3i Group, in a deal worth £390 million.  

Notable practitioners 

Marco Compagnoni is described by sources as "a force of nature" and a "very strong all-round lawyer" whom "clients absolutely love." He puts his wealth of experience to good use on some substantial private equity deals, including, of late, Providence Equity Partners' £450 million investment into ATG Theatre Group.

Michael Francies impresses sources with his approach to private equity deals, with one noting that he "works incredibly hard." He recently worked on Avista Capital Partners and Nordic Capital's joint purchase of Acino Holding for around £270 million.

Jonathan Wood is a "strong technical lawyer," identified by one client as "one of the best M&A lawyers in the market." He is a common sight on significant deals, including HgCapital's disposal of ATC to Intertrust for £259 million.

Sources call Samantha McGonigle a "superstar" younger partner who is "extremely practical and client service-oriented." She recently co-led the firm's work for Avista Capital Partners and Nordic Capital in its take-private of Acino Holding for £270 million.

Significant clients Advent International, Lion Capital, Providence Equity, HgCapital, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

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

What the team is known for Oxford-based firm specialising in the representation of clients in venture capital deals. Maintains a particular focus on the technology sector. Regularly involved in significant funding rounds with a cross-border element.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They always managed to make time to make us feel like we were the most important client to them."

Work highlights Advised Gigaclear in various funding rounds, raising a substantial sum.

Represented Highland Capital in its investment in NewVoiceMedia.

Notable practitioners  

Phil Riman "is terribly impressive because of his understanding of private equity and investment," according to one interviewee. Of late he acted for Highland Capital on its growth capital investment in NewVoiceMedia.

Significant clients Concorde Solutions, Focusrite Audio Engineering, Photobox, Matches Fashion, Frog Capital.

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

What the team is known for Developing a strong presence in UK private equity, bolstered by significant lateral hires of late. Strongly focused on acting on the sponsor side of major transactions. Robust offering backed up by highly capable tax and employment departments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are ten out of ten on availability, responsiveness and proactivity."

"They've build a really vibrant practice and they have a really impressive network with the depth and contacts across Europe they have."

What's new? Partners Ian Bagshaw and Richard Youle joined the firm from Linklaters in January 2014.

Work highlights Advised Avast Software on the disposal of a large minority interest to CVC Capital Partners for USD1 billion.

Worked with IND Group on its purchase by Misys for an undisclosed sum.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Bagshaw is highlighted as a "very proactive lawyer who is very client-centric in his approach," while others say he "is able to understand and simplify complex issues." He advised P4 Sp. z o.o. on a high-yield bond issue and credit facility.

Richard Youle is a "very commercial and pragmatic" partner as well as a "born and bred private equity" lawyer who "really gets it." He is co-head of the private equity group at the firm.

Significant clients Apax Partners, CVC Capital, BC Partners, Montagu Private Equity, Triton.

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Andrew Betteridge of Ashfords LLP is called an "excellent venture capital lawyer" by sources. He advised Eden Ventures on its disposal of UberVu to HootSuite.

Sources call Richard Spink of Burges Salmon LLP a "very impressive practitioner." He advised the management of Spear Group on the sale of its stake in the group to Constantia Flexibles.

Adam Crossley of Speechly Bircham LLP is a junior partner who is already gaining plaudits as a "very pragmatic and sensible" lawyer who is "very strong" in the area. 

Malcolm MacDougall of Speechly Bircham LLP is "commercial, professional and good to deal with," according to one source, who adds: "He takes problems away and comes back with answers." He handles a wide range of transactions, including, of late, assisting Elysian Capital with the management buyout of Wellbeing Software Group.

Frances Doherty of Dorsey & Whitney is a venture capital practitioner who "knows her stuff inside out" and "understands the market really well." She advises start-ups and funds on a variety of matters, and assisted Earlybird Venture Capital with its EUR2.4 million investment in EyeEm.

Richard Moulton of Eversheds LLP is noted for his "strong commercial instincts" and for "thinking very pragmatically." Among his significant deals was his representation of Electra Partners in its purchase of the data information business of UBM.

Graham White joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in 2014 from Kirkland & Ellis. He is a highly experienced figure in private equity with nearly 30 years working in corporate law. Of late he represented CCMP Capital Advisers in the merger of one of its investments, Pure Gym, in which it holds a majority interest, with The Gym Group.

Simon Sale of Mishcon de Reya is a highly experienced corporate and private equity lawyer. He recently advised Acturis Group on its purchase of Nortic Insurance Software.

David Ramm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP fronts the firm's corporate and private equity offerings and is a notable figure in venture capital deals. He assisted ABRY Partners with its purchase of a majority stake in Thomsons Online Benefits for USD100 million.

David Bresnick of Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP is well thought of for his practice, which covers corporate and private equity deals. He has two decades of experience in the market.

Bill Mone of Ropes & Gray provides "creative, unique and out-of-the-box-type thinking," according to sources, who are also quick to highlight him as "very technical but very commercial."

Will Rosen of Ropes & Gray is described as "brilliant" by sources, who also point out his commercial approach to private equity. He was recently part of the team advising MSREF Fund V on its disposal to Queensgate Investments of Executive Offices Group for £260 million.

Philip Sanderson joined Ropes & Gray in 2014 from Travers Smith. He is an "incredibly detailed, very pragmatic and very creative" practitioner who has a dedicated transactional private equity practice. 

Arthur Stewart of Simmons & Simmons LLP is a "very approachable and hard-working" partner. He led on Credit Suisse Customised Fund Investment Group's investment, alongside KKR, to fund the acquisition of Cambridge Water and South Staffordshire Water.

Ian Piggin of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is an adept venture capital lawyer with particular strength in life sciences and technology matters. He worked with NVM Private Equity and a syndicate of other investors on their exit from Alaric Systems.

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