Helen Croke




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


  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2001
  • IFLR1000 (2018-2019) 
  • Chambers UK (2016)

Helen Croke


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.”


  • 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$5.3billion 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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  • LPC, College of Law, 1998
  • CPE, College of Law, 1997
  • BA (Hons), 2.1, Nottingham University, 1996
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