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Private equity

Private equity

Our private equity team is truly international comprising specialist lawyers based in our London office and throughout our offices in the Middle East.

We provide practical, tailored and targeted advice to private equity firms operating in the mid-market.  Our team of capable and commercially minded lawyers act for a range of mid-market private equity firms in the UK and regional private equity firms in the Middle East. The team offers a holistic service ranging from advice on initial investment and capital arrangements, complicated shareholder and investment structures, management buy-ins/buy-outs, co-investments, bolt on acquisitions and exits.

Our lawyers have a wealth of transactional experience, market knowledge and sector capability and are supported by debt finance and fund lawyers (including specialists in Shari'ah compliant structures and financing products) together with specialist support in corporate tax, competition and real estate.

In recent times the UK team has had a particular focus on the healthcare sector, advising both firms making a new entry into the market and established firms increasing their footprint in the sector. This healthcare specialism is key for clients looking to negotiate their way through such a complex and specialised field, particularly given the recent and on-going regulatory changes that could catch out the unwary.

In the Middle East we act for a number of well-known regional and international investment banks and fund managers on a range of private equity transactions. We have considerable expertise in the infrastructure and real estate sectors and have acted on transactions in these sectors in the MENASA region with a value in excess of US$2billion. We routinely advise on $1 billion plus fundraisings for regionally managed private equity funds. We also regularly advise Middle Eastern clients looking to invest into the UK. 

We pride ourselves on our hands-on approach, treating our clients as individuals and taking time to understand their commercial drivers and concerns.  This approach enables us to help our clients see in their transaction blind-spots and navigate any potential legal pitfalls on the way to making a successful investment.

Clients of the firm include GI Partners, Apposite Capital, Electra Private Equity, Oakley Capital and Sovereign Capital.

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