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UK Guide

Private Equity: Buyouts — UK-wide

Senior Statesperson

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior partner Alastair Dickson is acclaimed for his "outstanding knowledge and experience" in the field, with clients benefiting from his long and distinguished career in major transactional work. He advises a variety of high-profile investors and corporates on cross-border and international deals.

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Eminent Practitioner

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlie Geffen of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a distinguished and highly accomplished figure in the private equity market, earning respect for his deep knowledge in buyouts and disposal work. He chairs the corporate practice at the firm and co-chairs the private equity group.

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Eminent Practitioner

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior partner Chris Hale brings his deep experience to bear for clients in M&A and private equity work. He focuses his practice on advisory work for management teams on investment and divestment work.

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Eminent Practitioner

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing partner Matthew Layton maintains an active client-facing practice, frequently advising private equity clients on transactional and strategic matters. His clients include Permira and Actis.

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Eminent Practitioner

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior partner Charles Martin has a "sterling reputation" in the private equity field, earning acclaim for his "excellent" credentials in transactional work. He remains active in advising sponsors and other corporate clients on M&A matters, particularly with regard to cross-border work.

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Band 1

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Bagshaw is hailed as "one of the best private equity lawyers in the City" by market sources, who highly rate his outstanding capabilities in M&A matters. He acts for both investors and corporate clients, with recent involvement in major transactions for Mid Europa Partners, The Smithfield Group and Bridgepoint. Clients say: "Ian is relentless. The quality of the work he delivers is top-notch. He is who you want on your side of the table."

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Band 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Class act" Marco Compagnoni is widely regarded as one of the premier private equity lawyers in the country, with clients hailing his "brilliant knowledge of the law, good feel for risks and track record of being right." He continues to advise a sophisticated client base on a range of complex, high-value and cross-border deals.

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Band 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Francies maintains his leading position in the market, offering clients a well-honed corporate practice that incorporates buyout work, restructuring and flotations. His "fantastic" client manner attracts particular praise, with sources revealing: "We feel that we have a personal relationship with him and we feel like we're an important client." 

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Band 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "absolutely fantastic" David Higgins recently joined the firm from Freshfields. He is considered one of the leading lights of the private equity market, with a long track record of excellence in high-end deals. Recent work includes a USD3.2 billion acquisition for The Carlyle Group, a EUR1.69 billion disposal for Cinven and a USD2.5 billion acquisition for CPPIB.

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Band 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Fellow practitioners label Adrian Maguire as "a quality operator" and clients laud his "nice balance of experience and commerciality." He specialises in representing financial sponsors on the entire investment life-cycle, handling acquisitions, portfolio work and exits. He co-heads the firm's global financial investors group.

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Band 1

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adam Signy commands respect for his superlative corporate law skills, with standout abilities in private equity transactional matters and public takeover bids. He represents corporate clients, private equity houses and wider financial institutions in M&A work.

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Band 1

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

David Walker is hailed as "a private equity guru" and a "leader" in the market by interviewees, earning acclaim for his deep experience in the industry and his enviable client base of top sponsors. Clients say: "He's the person you want working with you on a private equity deal."

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Band 1

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

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Youle of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP continues to impress clients with his ability to "cut through a lot of the noise on transactions" and "get a deal over the line that protects his client's position." He regularly acts for household names in the industry on high-end transactional work.

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Band 2

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Derek Baird is an experienced hand in buyout and disposal work, frequently acting for a range of private equity investors. He earns particular praise for his "good commercial outlook." 

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Band 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Croke is a highly respected private equity practitioner who is characterised as "effective and technically very strong" and earns considerable praise for her "unbelievable dedication to her clients." She represents a number of major corporates, entrepreneurs and investors in transactional work.

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Band 2

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Dolman receives emphatic praise for his skills in buyout work, with sources noting his experience acting on a range of high-profile mandates both domestically and internationally. Clients say: "Paul is a prime example of what you want your trusted adviser to be. He's a fast and very knowledgeable thinker who can distil complex legal issues in a way that enables us to make the right commercial judgement, time and time again." 

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Band 2

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

The "exceptional" Kem Ihenacho handles infrastructure transactions and wider private equity work, with particular expertise in transactions concerning Africa. Interviewees describe him as "one of the best all-round private equity lawyers we deal with" and offer praise for his "extremely personable nature, which really helps in tricky situations."

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Band 2

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Lloyd is a highly experienced operator in private equity, regularly acting for clients in high-value transactions internationally. His clients include private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and wider investors. He co-heads the firm's global private equity practice.

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Band 2

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Martin is an experienced and respected private equity practitioner, with significant strengths in a broad array of transactional work. He garners accolades for his "commercial and diligent" approach, with sources praising him for "going the extra mile and making sure we are protected." He leads the corporate and M&A team at the firm.

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Band 2

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Strategy expert" Charles Meek is "very good at seeing the bigger picture," according to intervieweesA range of sponsors and management teams call upon his expertise in transactional work. He was most recently involved in Exponent Private Equity's £120 million acquisition of a majority stake in ENRA from its management and Livingbridge. 

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Band 2

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Pearson is esteemed as an "extremely effective negotiator" by clients, who include a range of prominent private equity houses. He regularly advises on high-value international transactions and leads the private equity practice for the firm in London.

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Band 2

Ropes & Gray

From the Chambers UK guide

"Trusted adviser" Philip Sanderson brings his vast experience in private equity transactions to bear for a range of investors, corporates and management teams. Clients report: "He's very detailed and doesn't miss things out, so you feel like you can trust him completely. He's also very good at dealing with whoever's on the other side of the table, whether it's friendly or more contentious."

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Band 2

Goodwin

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Soundy of Goodwin handles domestic and international deal work for a variety of institutional investors, management teams and corporate clients. He offers significant expertise in the financial services, consumer, media and technology sectors.

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Band 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Wood's "gravitas and authority" in negotiations are highly valued by clients, with interviewees also complimenting his "blend of great advice and commercial common sense." He acts on a full range of private equity activity, with strengths in buyouts, minority investments and cross-border deals.

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Band 2

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Woodward has a dedicated private equity practice that encompasses buyouts, exits and portfolio work, with recent work including handling Oaktree Capital Management's sale of a 49% stake in Railpool Group to GIC. One client reports: "He's very focused on what's important from the client's perspective and I appreciate his frank and honest advice."

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

"Expert adviser" David Allen leads the private equity and funds team in London. He demonstrates excellent capabilities in cross-border work, with significant expertise in multi-country transactions. Clients say: "He was incredible, he flexed to the extreme demands of the deal, and was very creative in finding ways to maximise our opportunities."

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients describe Michael Bond as "technically strong, pragmatic and excellent in the detail," with market sources pointing out his "real passion for the law" as a significant strength. He recently led on Onex's £1.35 billion acquisition of Parkdean Resorts.

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Band 3

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gregory Conway has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the private equity market, with a distinguished and successful track record in a wide array of high-value and significant acquisitions and disposals. His practice also includes debt financing, auction work and consortium arrangements.

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Band 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients cite Steven Davis's "strong process management skills" and his "exceptionally commercial" approach as key strengths, which he applies to a range of transactional matters for private equity clients and corporates. He co-heads the global private equity and M&A practice at Proskauer Rose LLP. 

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Band 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gavin Gordon is described as a "great adviser" by clients, who turn to him for counsel in high-end M&A transactions and LBO work. Recent activity includes advising TPG Growth on its acquisition of Frank Recruitment Group from Livingbridge.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

James Grimwood offers substantial experience in a broad range of private equity transactional work, with interviewees highlighting his "hard-working, commercial, calm and pragmatic manner." He leads the firm's global and UK private equity practice.

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Band 3

Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior partner Bruce Hanton is valued by clients for his in-depth experience in private equity transactions, with interviewees commending his "extremely detail-oriented" approach and ability to "see the big picture." He handles a range of transactional matters for investors, including LBOs, M&A activity and IPOs.

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Band 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Jay's practice incorporates M&A work, joint ventures and restructuring matters for private equity investors. Sources say that they "value his judgement and rely on his commercial sense," describing him as "a great sounding board."

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Band 3

Goodwin

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Lever of Goodwin comes highly recommended as a "charismatic negotiator" who "comes up with up-to-date, creative ideas." He regularly represents sponsors and corporates and has an emphasis on mid-market transactions. 

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Band 3

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Edmund Reed handles a range of buyout and exit transactions for investors and management teams, with recent work acting for ECI Partners and Livingbridge on the sale of Reed & Mackay to Inflexion. He is particularly skilled in the healthcare sector.

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Band 3

Ropes & Gray

From the Chambers UK guide

Will Rosen continues to advise several industry heavyweights on private equity transactions and ongoing portfolio company work. Sources commend his "down-to-earth and relatable" demeanour and reveal: "He can get to the heart of a complex issue in a very straightforward way and he understands what your concerns are."  

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Band 3

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources highlight Ian Shawyer as "a very effective problem solver" who is "highly regarded by management teams." He also acts for investors and investee companies in buyout work and wider corporate advisory matters. 

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Band 3

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Tinkler attracts high praise for the "granular attention to detail" he applies to private equity work. A client says: "He's someone whose level of expertise means I trust him implicitly; he's got a proven record of delivering work at an exceptionally high standard." 

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Band 3

Jeffrey Twentyman

Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeffrey Twentyman continues to handle a broad spectrum of private equity matters, advising both investors and corporate clients on M&A transactional work. He leads the private equity group at the firm.  

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Band 4

Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice co-head David Carter focuses his practice on major cross-border transactions and restructuring matters for private equity firms and a broader investor client base. Interviewees point out his "commercially astute" approach, noting: "He works hard to understand his client’s real concerns and to translate these effectively into legal terms." 

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Band 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Danks "goes the extra mile" for her clients, which include both corporates and leading private equity houses. Her practice encompasses M&A work, LBOs, MBOs and work for investee companies.

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Band 4

DLA Piper LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ed Griffiths has a multifaceted practice that includes private equity investments and wider M&A matters, with noted skill in cross-border work. Clients say: "He is able to see both the big commercial picture and the important legal detail, and how the two things relate." 

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Band 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Hewens impresses sources with his "very practical, straightforward" approach and his "brilliant advice." He regularly handles mid-market transactional work, acting for management teams, private equity houses and sellers.  

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Band 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Innes is "a voice of reason" in M&A transactions, according to impressed market sources. His practice consists of domestic and cross-border transactional matters for a range of investor clients, who label him "very thoughtful and pleasant to work with." 

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Band 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Lyell handles transactional work for both sponsors and portfolio companies, with recent work acting for Teachers' Private Capital on its £400 million sale of Acorn Care & Education to the National Fostering Agency.

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Michael McDonald has a wide-ranging private equity practice, with experience in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructuring work. His clients include a range of financial institutions, corporate clients and wider investors.

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Band 4

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Martin McNair handles a wide range of private equity transactional work, alongside wider corporate law matters. His clients span a broad spectrum of private equity houses, portfolio companies and management teams.

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Band 4

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees characterise Gordon Milne as a "very dedicated" corporate partner who "always fights his client's corner." He offers broad skills in acquisitions, disposals and cross-border work.

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Band 4

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very talented" Jonny Myers garners accolades for his "clear, straightforward and pragmatic" advice. He heads the global private equity team at the firm and most notably led on Cinven and CVC's acquisition of NewDay, and on Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa's acquisition of Allegro.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Global practice head Tom Whelan is well versed in a broad spectrum of private equity matters, with considerable strengths in buyouts work, co-investments, exit deals and advising on portfolio M&A transactions. Market sources commend his ability to "bring commercial sensibilities to the table." 

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Wilmot is described as "energetic, hard-working" and "highly pragmatic" by commentators. His practice focuses on a broad range of transactional work, acting for financial sponsors, private equity clients and portfolio companies.

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Band 5

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ross Allardice of Dechert LLP has a broad corporate practice which incorporates work for sponsors and private equity firms in transactional and financing matters, alongside work for portfolio companies. Market sources commend his "balanced and commercial approach," describing him as "extremely smart and enjoyable to work with."

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Band 5

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Spencer Baylin is particularly adept in emerging markets transactions, with recent experience in deals involving Tunisia, Algeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also regularly advises on matters in the telecommunications sector, alongside a broader M&A focus.

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Band 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart Boyd receives plaudits for his "very deep knowledge base across a broad range of subjects." He handles buyout work, exits and privatisations for a wide range of private equity houses and sponsors. Clients say: "He wants to help you get the deal done in a way that means you're still protected but that ultimately allows the transaction to move forward." 

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Band 5

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Bresnick of Cooley LLP is highly regarded for his expertise in the technology sector, where he advises clients on private equity investments, restructurings and exits. His recent work includes advising shareholders of SwiftKey, which includes Octopus Investments, Accel Partners and Index Ventures, on the company's acquisition by Microsoft. 

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Band 5

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Burrows of Shearman & Sterling LLP is a "very hands-on and focused" partner who advises a range of private equity firms, management teams, corporations and institutional investors on transactional matters. Clients reveal: "The great thing about him is that he always has your back and is always in your corner fighting for you."

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Band 5

Fabrizio A G Carpanini

Dorsey & Whitney

From the Chambers UK guide

Fabrizio Carpanini is head of the London and European private equity practice at Dorsey & Whitney. He is a seasoned performer in a wide array of complex private equity transactional work, with clients benefiting from his deep experience in the market.

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Band 5

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Howard Corney advises private equity houses and private equity-backed corporates on transactional work, with niche expertise advising on transactions in Africa. He impresses clients as "a trusted confidant" who "stays calm under pressure."

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Band 5

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Drewitt comes highly recommended by clients, who describe him as "an extremely effective negotiator" and an "extraordinary legal mind." He leads the private equity practice at the firm and acts for a number of sponsors and institutional investors.

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Band 5

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Carlton Evans is an experienced and highly knowledgeable private equity partner who has a wealth of expertise in a broad range of transactional matters and niche skills in public M&A. Interviewees describe him as "excellent" and appreciate his ability to "take very sensible decisions." 

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Band 5

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Evans enjoys a growing profile in major private equity work, with commentators offering praise for his "good judgement and excellent client manner." One client notes: "He really felt like an island of sanity in a sea of madness at some points. He's a real voice of reason."

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Band 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head James Goold has a dynamic private equity practice, acting for investor firms, management teams and investee corporates in a diverse array of transactional matters. Clients say: "We are continually impressed by James – he is always ready to go above and beyond to deliver for us." 

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Band 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Harris of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP draws effusive praise for his "really good handle on the commercial side" and his deft touch in negotiations. His recent work has included several mid-market transactional matters for Acuity Investments and Bregal Capital.

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Band 5

Michael Hinchliffe

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Hinchliffe has substantial experience in mid-market private equity deals, with particular focus on matters in the retail, leisure and renewable energy sectors. Sources report: "He's able to really pull things together in a very concise manner and distil the issues to what's important to us." 

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Band 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Holdsworth is often engaged by clients to handle significant, high-value transactions, where his skills in corporate work come to the fore. His clients include a variety of leading private equity investors and portfolio companies.

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Band 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Greg Leyshon is characterised as "an experienced, senior voice" in private equity transactional work, where he advises a broad array of management teams, investors and portfolio companies. He leads the firm's business transactions practice.

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Band 5

Alisdair Livingstone

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Bristol-based Alisdair Livingstone leads the private equity practice at the firm, offering advice on a wide variety of private equity transactional work for major sponsor-side clients. Recent activity includes advising LDC to back the MBO of ADEY.

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Band 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James MacArthur earns praise from clients for his "very strong and commercial legal advice" and his "proactive" manner when representing clients. He is particularly skilled in the infrastructure and real estate sectors, acting for specialist investors, infrastructure investment funds and corporate clients.

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Band 5

Malcolm MacDougall

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients of Malcolm MacDougall laud the "entirely positive experience of working with him," revealing: "He has an ability to think commercially and develop pragmatic solutions to legal issues." He leads the private equity team at Charles Russell Speechlys. 

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Band 5

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Chris Mackie is a seasoned operator in the private equity market, with deep industry knowledge of a host of transactional and advisory matters. His clients include a range of corporates, private equity investors and management teams.

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Band 5

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Amy Mahon is highly regarded in the infrastructure sector, where she acts for a range of private equity houses and alternative asset managers on transactional work. Clients describe her as "an excellent lawyer who can negotiate hard when required and knows how far to push the boundaries."

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Band 5

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients commend the "fantastic" Andrew Masraf as a strong private equity practitioner who is "in tune with our needs." He acts for a range of investment firms, portfolio companies and management teams on transactional matters. 

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Band 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Duncan McDonald has a broad skill set in transactional matters, with notable strengths in the technology, aerospace and hotels and leisure sectors. He is regularly called upon to advise on buyouts, exits, management transactions and portfolio work.

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Band 5

Samantha McGonigle

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Samantha McGonigle is a "massively hard-working" private equity partner, with a wide range of experience in M&A, privatisations and wider corporate work. She acts for both private equity houses and portfolio companies on corporate mandates.

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Band 5

Richard E Moulton

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Moulton has a dynamic private equity practice and offers expertise in a wide array of mid-market and cross-border buyout work for investor clients. His recent caseload has included handling major acquisitions for Inflexion and Primary Capital Partners. He leads the firm's UK private equity team.

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Band 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rory Mullarkey's "breadth of expertise" is highlighted as a particularly strong asset by clients, who highly rate his ability to "pull different disciplines together and give sound and thoughtful advice." He acts for a number of high-profile private equity houses on transactional work, often with a cross-border component.

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Band 5

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Pittal of Stephenson Harwood LLP receives effusive praise for "combining excellent legal skills with experienced commercial judgement." His practice encompasses work on private equity transactions and on fund formation matters. 

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Band 5

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicholas Plant has a wealth of experience in the private equity market, with niche expertise in deals in Africa. Recent activity includes acting for Blackstone on its USD1.1 billion acquisition of Solvay's acetate tow business and its USD1 billion acquisition of Armacell.

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Band 5

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Matt Rees of Proskauer Rose LLP receives plaudits for his "diplomatic style and very constructive manner," with sources stating that he is "efficient and effective in relaying the points in negotiations." He offers particular expertise in the infrastructure, telecoms and financial services sectors. 

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Band 5

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Ben Rodham acts for a range of private equity houses, pension funds and other investors in transactional matters, restructurings and portfolio work. Recent activity includes advising a consortium of investors, including Apollo, EQT and Carlyle, on the sale of Marken to UPS.

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Band 5

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Rosen of Cooley LLP has a solid reputation for mid-market buyout work, regularly acting on M&A transactions as well as spin-outs and venture capital work. Clients say: "He has an experienced view and can take that forward in negotiations to support us and watch out for pitfalls."

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Band 5

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Leeds-based Yunus Seedat handles a broad spectrum of private equity and corporate finance matters, with experience in media, retail, engineering and wider business services transactions. He manages the corporate and commercial division at the firm.

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Band 5

Burges Salmon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Spink is based in the Bristol office of Burges Salmon LLP, where he leads the firm's corporate team. Clients turn to him for his abilities in buyouts, buy-ins and disposals.

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Band 5

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Stafford is well versed in private equity matters and regularly represents investors, private equity funds and other financial institutions. Sources describe him as "client-focused," complimenting his "pragmatic and practical advice." He co-heads the firm's global private equity practice.

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Band 5

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Edward Stead has a broad private equity practice, with experience in buyouts, minority investments, fund-raisings and wider M&A matters. Interviewees describe him as an "intelligent, commercial and practical lawyer." 

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Band 5

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Arthur Stewart of Simmons & Simmons LLP handles transactional work for a broad variety of private equity firms, investment banks and alternative investment funds. Interviewees offer praise for his client relationship skills, reporting: "Arthur knows where our priorities lie in an M&A deal so we are able to act as one team." 

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Band 5

Foot Anstey LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Stoate of Foot Anstey LLP has a strong private equity practice, offering dedicated knowledge in advising management teams on transactional work and niche expertise in acting for Chinese private equity funds. His recent work includes advising Sailing Capital on its acquisition of Astrum Education Group.

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Band 5

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Weir 

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Band 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Perry Yam is head of the London private equity practice at Mayer Brown International LLP. He is highly experienced in mid-market transactional matters, while also advising clients on venture and development capital investments.

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Up and Coming

Will Aitken-Davies

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Rising star Will Aitken-Davies is highly rated by investor clients, who offer considerable praise for his "sensational drafting" skills and "extremely commercial" mindset. Sources reveal: "He knows what's important to us as a firm, so you have the confidence for him to go off and negotiate on our behalf."

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Up and Coming

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Amit Nayyar of Shoosmiths LLP is acclaimed by clients for offering "high-quality, cutting-edge advice" on private equity work, with expertise in advising sponsors and companies on domestic and cross-border deals. Interviewees describe him as "a pleasure to work with and a superlatively competent lawyer."

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