European Private Equity

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With a global footprint of private equity businesses spanning Europe, Asia and North America, Ropes & Gray has more than 175 private equity transactional lawyers worldwide—including 25 in London. We advise leading large-cap and middle-market clients across industries on every aspect of their most complex global transactions.

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"Thanks to a lean and dynamic team, they provided robust and skilled support while managing costs to expectations." Chambers UK 2017, Private Equity: Buyouts: High-End Capability
Ropes & Gray LLP has "an invaluable wealth of market knowledge" Legal 500 2016, Private Equity: Transactions – Large-Cap Deal Capability
"They are exceptionally results-oriented and bring a great balance of pragmatism, informed legal analysis and skill." Chambers UK 2017, Private Equity: Buyouts: High-End Capability

Overview

Clients rely on Ropes & Gray’s London private equity team to make the right deals on the right terms, thoughtfully assess risk and make appropriate tradeoffs, and respond quickly to meet business demands. Our deep experience in London enables clients to access local market knowledge and connections. Our clients are a mix of U.K. and U.S. private equity houses as well as advising asset managers and sovereign wealth funds on public M&A, co-invest and direct investment transactions. 

In London, we offer:

  • Deep industry knowledge and experience
  • Leading practitioners in the European and U.S. market advising on both domestic and cross border private equity deals
  • A one-stop, global service for transactions
  • Specialist sector focus across a wide range of industries
  • Extensive capabilities in sophisticated financing, including U.S./U.K. high yield and more innovative ACF solutions
  • Relationship lawyering, top-quality service and commercial judgment
  • A partner-led approach with dedicated and consistent teams
  • Access to the firm’s advisor network, unparalleled in its knowledge and experience

Experience

Recent highlights include representing/advising:

  • Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on the $5.3bn consortium buyout of Visma, Europe's largest ever software buyout
  • 3i Group plc on the acquisition of Audley Travel
  • Bain Capital Private Equity on its purchase of a controlling stake—–from 3i and LDC—in MKM, the U.K.’s largest independent builders’ merchant
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its sale of British breakfast cereal brand Weetabix
  • Ensono, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, on the acquisition of Attenda
  • Charlesbank on its acquisition of Six Degrees
  • Crescent Capital in respect of its equity co-investment into Farrow & Ball
  • Nordic Capital on equity investment matters related to the acquisition of eResearchTechnology (ERT)
  • Oakley Capital on the acquisition of TechInsights, a technology patent analysis business
  • TPG Capital on the acquisition by one of its portfolio companies—Beaver-Visitec International, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of specialized surgical devices for the ophthalmic marketplace—of Malosa Medical, a leading manufacturer and supplier of single-use surgical instruments
  • TSG Consumer Partners on its acquisition of a minority stake in BrewDog, a Scottish craft beer

Representative clients in Europe include:

  • 3i Group
  • Bain Capital
  • Baring Private Equity Asia
  • Blackstone
  • Charlesbank
  • GIC
  • ICG
  • Nordic Capital
  • Partners Group
  • TPG

Awards

Our London team has been recognized for its work by numerous leading sources, including:

  • The Legal 500 UK 2016-2017 – Ranked in the U.K. as a leading “Private Equity: Transactions – Large Cap Deal Capability” practice, with two attorneys ranked as leaders.
  • IFLR – Ranked in the U.K. for “Private Equity Transactions.”
  • Chambers UK 2017 – Ranked in the U.K. as a leading “Private Equity: Buyouts: High-End Capability” practice, with three attorneys ranked as leaders.
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