Leverage buyouts

Our multi-disciplinary team is highly integrated, bringing together specialist private equity lawyers, working together regularly to execute transactions.

Our collaborative approach delivers a seamless service to our clients across all areas of transactions. Our team includes private equity focused specialists from:

  • M&A
  • Acquisition finance
  • Tax structuring
  • Employment
  • Financial services regulation
  • Competition
  • Pensions
  • Commercial
  • Insurance
  • Real estate

Transactions are increasingly complex and competitive, often needing to be executed in very short timescales. We help our clients to gain the competitive advantage required to win auctions by:

  • tracking and analysing certain key data points from every transaction we are involved in, giving us an unrivalled ability to advise clients on the latest market positions and trends; and
  • fielding experienced, close-knit teams that are used to working together to devise innovative solutions to issues and to execute transactions quickly - the more complex the situation and the tighter the timetable the bigger the difference we can make.

We also have extensive experience in less common forms of acquisition, including public to private takeovers, which require careful navigation of the Takeover Code in a private equity context, and carve-outs from corporate groups, which often involve complex separation arrangements.

We view the close of the acquisition as the beginning of the journey with that portfolio company and continue to work closely with our clients on the day-to-day management of that company through to the eventual exit, whether that is by way of an auction process, a bilateral sale or an IPO.

Our approach to cross-border matters is different to many of our competitors. The increasing global nature of the businesses that we advise in relation to mean that the vast majority (over 70 per cent during the last 12 months) of the transactions that we advise on have an international element to them. We address those international elements by working alongside leading counsel from jurisdictions around the world and, with no formal network requiring us to use any particular firm or office, we always select the firms and individual lawyers in the relevant jurisdictions that are right for the particular job in hand. We are well practised in co-ordinating the advice across all relevant jurisdictions so that it is seamlessly given on a joined-up basis at the level of quality our clients expect from us.

What people are saying


"Their detailed drafting and commerciality is excellent," a client reports, adding: "They're a very trusted pair of hands and a pleasure to work with."

Chambers UK 2020

"Active on both high-end and mid-market transactions, with excellent credentials throughout the private equity field. Noted for its multidisciplinary approach, which includes substantial regulatory and tax structuring expertise."

Chambers UK 2020

"The depth and breadth of experience within the wider private equity practice ensures partners have deep market knowledge, and senior team members are prepared to form an opinion and state it (something which is not always the case with other service providers)’."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"The technical expertise of the lawyers is a real differentiating feature. The group offers high-quality legal advice and has a tenacious desire to combine legal know-how with the achievement of the client’s commercial objectives’."

The UK Legal 500 2019