Helen Croke

Partner

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  • LPC, College of Law, 1998
  • CPE, College of Law, 1997
  • BA (Hons), 2.1, Nottingham University, 1996

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2001
  • IFLR1000: M&A and Private Equity - Notable practitioner (2018-2020)
  • Chambers UK (2016)

Helen Croke

Partner

Helen Croke joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in its private equity transactions group in October 2016. She specialises in UK and international private equity and M&A, including acting for institutional investors, corporates and founders. Helen is recommended by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading individual in private equity and was recognised by The Lawyer magazine in the 2011 edition of “The Hot 100.”

Experience

  • Advised Bridgepoint on its investment in Matrix SCM, a leading managed service provider for the outsourced hiring and management of temporary local government staff in the UK
  • Advised Avista Capital Partners on its joint acquisition with VHC Investco of Vision Healthcare, one of Europe’s fastest-growing omni-channel and direct-to-consumer health care companies
  • Advised certain selling shareholders of FirstPort, a leading UK residential property management company, to Equistone Partners Europe Limited
  • Advised Bridgepoint and its portfolio company, HKA, on the acquisition by HKA of The Kenrich Group, a U.S.-based business and litigation consulting firm
  • Advised certain selling shareholders on the sale of Quotient Sciences, a UK-headquartered provider of outsourced drug development services, to Permira
  • Advised Avista Capital Partners on the sale of Trimb, a leading consumer health care company based in Stockholm, Sweden, to Karo Pharma for MSEK 3,400
  • Advised the founders of Cathelco, a UK-based global manufacturer of equipment for ships and offshore installations, on its sale to Evac, the world’s leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries
  • Advised the founders of TCP LifeSystems, a software solutions provider to life and pensions insurance companies, on their sale of the company to iPipeline UK, a leading provider of business intelligence to the UK life, pension and investment markets
  • Advised the founders of Thomas International, a leading international provider of psychometric assessment solutions, on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Palamon Capital Partners, a pan-European growth investor
  • Acting for Intermediate Capital Group on its:
    • US$5.3 billion consortium buyout of Visma, Europe's largest ever software buyout
    • investment in Blackrock Programme Management (Blackrock PM), a UK-headquartered professional services firm that provides construction consulting and expert witness services for large, international construction and engineering projects
  • Acting for Bridgepoint Advisers II Limited in the sale of Inspired Thinking Group Holdings Limited (ITG)
  • Acting for Oakley Capital on the acquisition of TechInsights, a technology patent analysis business
  • Acting for Pulsant and Oak Hill on the acquisition of LayerV, a specialist public cloud solution integration company

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

  • PAI Partners on the buyout of Vacant Property Specialists
  • Intermediate Capital Group in connection with
    • its investment in Education Personnel
    • the sale of CPA Global to Cinven
    • its investment in ATPI and Griffin Global
    • its investment in Baxter Storey
    • the sale of Marken to Apax Partners
  • Bridgepoint Development Capital on various transactions including
    • the sale of Quotient Clinical to GHO Capital
    • the acquisition of tastecard and Gourmet Society
    • its investment in MVF
    • the acquisition of Phlexglobal from Inflexion Private Equity
    • its investment in LOC Group
    • the sale of Sibu to Stirling Square Capital
    • the sale of Pulsant to Oak Hill Capital following BDC's successful buy and build strategy
  • Pulsant, Oak Hill Capital and Scottish Equity Partners in their acquisition of Onyx
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners on its acquisition of Mettis Aerospace
  • 3i Infrastructure on its equity arrangements in various transactions, including
    • the acquisition of Vattenfall AB alongside GS Infrastructure Partners
    • the acquisition of TCR with Deutsche Asset Management
    • the acquisition of 33.3% of the equity in Cross London Trains, in consortium with Siemens Project Ventures GmbH and Innisfree Limited
  • The founders of CoreHR on their exit and equity arrangements following a majority investment by JMI Equity
  • Silverfleet Capital and other shareholders on the sale of Aesica Pharmaceuticals
  • CDC Group plc and the International Finance Corporation, on their investment in Garden City
  • Chorion/3i on the disposals of various IP businesses and brands including Agatha Christie, Mr Men, Noddy, 3i, Raymond Chandler and Beatrix Potter
  • Candover/Arle Capital on its complex buy out of Candover Partners Ltd and simultaneous acquisitions of a portfolio of investments from Candover Investments plc

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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 521000).
  • LPC, College of Law, 1998
  • CPE, College of Law, 1997
  • BA (Hons), 2.1, Nottingham University, 1996
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