Investment Funds: Private Equity - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Mainstay of the private equity funds arena, with expertise across several other asset classes. Highly active in the European buyout space, frequently advising on some of the most complex and high-profile fund raisings in the market.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Breadth of knowledge about private funds area extremely good - they are on top of the brief right across the space."
Market standing: "Depth of experience - they have the team and the firm - they have been in the industry for many, many years."
What's new? The team has won a number of new clients, including Cubera, JRJ Ventures, Mako Investment Managers and ICG Longbow.
Work highlights Advised Patron Capital on its fourth fund investing in real estate-related investments across Europe, which raised EUR880 million.
Acted for Schroders on the Columbus UK Real Estate Fund, which raised £320 million.
Duncan Woollard impresses with his exceptional market knowledge: "Nothing has been raised that he hasn't been able to give an immediate response to." He acted on the fifth private equity fund for key client Investindustrial, a large European buyout fund.
"Very bright" department head Michael Halford offers expertise across private equity and real estate funds, recently leading the team on Patron Capital's EUR880 million fourth European fund. Sources emphasise his thoughtfulness and depth of knowledge.
Josyane Gold "has a real finger on the pulse of the moment," according to sources. She is a highly regarded private equity funds specialist with a wealth of experience in the market.
Jonathan Blake has carved out an impressive reputation in the private equity funds world. He is, according to admiring sources, "hugely intellectual, combining that with continued energy and leveraging the phenomenal networks he has." He further provides "hands-on senior level client engagement."
Significant clients Abingworth, Terra Firma, Invesco, Aberdeen Asset Management, Pacific Capital Partners.