John Newton

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  • LPC, College of Law, London, 2000
  • LLB (Law), King's College London, 1999

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2003
  •  Legal 500 (2016)
  • Super Lawyers: Mergers & Acquisitions (2013-2015)
  • Chambers UK - Corporate/M&A: High-end capability, “Star Associate” (2013-2015)
  • Chambers UK - Corporate/M&A: High-end capability, “Associate to watch” (2012)

John Newton

Partner

John Newton joined the private equity transactions group of Ropes & Gray’s London office in January 2013, and he focuses his practice on acting for private equity investors. He has worked on a wide range of international private equity transactions, including buyouts, minority investments and exits. John also has broad experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, public market listings, and general corporate law.

Experience

  • Acting for TPG Capital in connection with:
    • the sale of its joint venture stake in Denmark’s Saxo Bank to Geely, a Chinese corporate, and Sampo, a Finnish insurance company 
    • the acquisition of a majority stake in Poundworld
  • Acting for TPG Capital, and its portfolio company Beaver-Visitec, in connection with
    • the acquisition of Malosa Medical, a UK-based medical devices company
    • the acquisition of Vitreq, a Netherlands-based medical devices company
  • Acting for Macquarie Capital in relation to Liberty Hall Capital Partners’ US$135 million acquisition of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd.
  • Acting for Nordic Capital on equity investment matters related to the acquisition of eResearchTechnology (ERT)
  • Acting for 3i Group plc on the acquisition of Audley Travel, a provider of tailor-made experiential holidays
  • Acting for Summit Partners in connection with:
    • the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Actix International Limited to Amdocs Limited
    • its joint venture with FleetCor to acquire UK-based Masternaut
  • Acting for Kanders & Company, and its portfolio company The Safariland Group, on the acquisition of Aegis Engineering and LBA International
  • Acting for Samos Servicios y Gestiones (now Uro Property Holdings) as owner of over 1,100 retail properties let to Banco Santander in Spain in connection with the equity arrangements relating to the restructuring of its €2 billion loan facilities
  • Acting for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a co-investment alongside Apollo Global Management to acquire Slovenia's second-largest bank, Nova KBM (NKBM), for €250 million
  • Acting for Crescent Capital in respect of its equity co-investment into Farrow & Ball
  • Acting for Ardian in respect of its equity co-investment into Hg Capital portfolio company, JLA
  • Acting for the Management of Ocean Outdoor on the buyout of that business by Searchlight Capital

Notable transactions in which John has been involved prior to joining the firm include: 

  • Acting for Bridgepoint Capital and ERM, the environmental consultancy firm, on the US$950 million disposal of ERM by way of scheme of arrangement to private equity fund Charterhouse Capital Partners
  • Acting for TowerBrook Capital Partners on its acquisition of Phase Eight, the UK fashion retailer
  • Acting for General Electric in respect of a number of acquisitions and disposals, in particular in respect of GE’s aviation and financial services businesses
  • Acting for Advent International in respect of the acquisition of Equiniti, the shareholder services and payments administration business, from Lloyds TSB Bank plc
  • Acting for Home Delivery Network in respect of its acquisition of DHL’s UK parcel delivery business

Publications

  • “Challenging Insolvency – How the recent insolvency cases of Lehman Brothers and Woolworths could affect private equity,” European Venture Capital & Private Equity Journal (December / January, 2010)
  • “PIPE investments in UK listed companies – an equity raising alternative," Capital Markets Law Journal (December 4, 2009)
  • “PIPE Realities,” Acquisitions Monthly (April 2009)

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Ropes & Gray International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Delaware, United States of America and is a recognised body regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with registered number 52100).