John Newton




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


  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2003
  • Legal Week Private Equity Rising Star (2018)
  • Legal 500 (2016-2018)
  • 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


John Newton’s practice is focused 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.


  • Advised Partners Group on its acquisition of a major equity stake in Rovensa, a leading Portuguese-headquartered provider of specialty crop nutrition, biocontrol and protection products, from Bridgepoint
  • Advised NeoGenomics Inc. in a strategic collaboration with Inivata for the commercialization of Cambridge, UK-headquartered Inivata’s InVisionFirst-Lung liquid biopsy test in the United States
  • Advised Nordic Capital on equity investment matters relating to eResearchTechnology, Inc. (ERT), a leading global data and technology company which minimises risk and uncertainty in clinical trials
  • Acting for Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality, North America’s largest independent hotel management firm and a portfolio company of Advent International, in its entry into a definitive merger agreement with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading independent multinational hotel operator
  • Acting for TPG Capital, and its portfolio company Beaver-Visitec on its acquisition of PhysIOL Group SA
  • Acting for Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Bracket on the acquisition of CRF Health, a leading provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry
  • Acting for Bain Capital on its acquisition of NGA UK, a UK payroll and HR Business from NGA Human Resources
  • 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 on its acquisition of Malosa Medical, a UK-based medical devices company
  • Acting for TPG Capital, and its portfolio company Beaver-Visitec on its 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 Duke Street Capital on its acquisition of Great Rail Journeys, the world’s leading provider of escorted rail holidays
  • Acting for Silverfleet Capital on the acquisition of Riviera Travel, a leading specialist holiday operator of European escorted tours and cruises
  • Acting for 3i Group plc on the acquisition of Audley Travel, a provider of tailor-made experiential holidays
  • Acting for Partners Group on multiple secondaries transactions
  • 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



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