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Private Equity 

The global nature of Linklaters’ private equity practice is a reflection of the globalisation of private equity houses.

The team’s experience includes advising on transactions across the major jurisdictions of Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. Private equity houses, investors, funds, banks and financial institutions rely on Linklaters’ market leading global experts. Linklaters’ private equity lawyers advise clients at all stages, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments.

Clients benefit from market-leading funds, corporate M&A, restructuring and finance experts and their understanding of both the fund-raising, fund structuring, buyout and restructuring market. Linklaters helps clients structure the best investment methods for them, from helping sponsors position themselves to ensure they are the lead equity sponsor when looking at M&A situations to clubbing together to compete for distressed assets

Clients can also rely on the proven track record of lawyers from Linklaters’ pensions, IP and tax groups to support their private equity transactions. Sector experience covers the full spectrum of industry, from telecoms to utilities, leisure and retail. 

Recent private equity transactions include advising:

  • Dubai World and Economics Zones World FZE on the sale of their UK-based logistics group, Gazeley
  • Global Infrastructure Partners on the agreement to acquire a 35% interest in Terminal Investment Limited SA from MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA
  • Bridgepoint on the acquisition of Oasis Dental Care
  • Investor and EQT IV on their divestment of Gambro to the medical technology company Baxter International Inc for a total enterprise value of SEK 26.5bn
  • Triton on the sale of Dematic to AEA Investors and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • The Macquarie led consortium on the c. €3.2bn acquisition of “Open Grid Europe” from E.ON
  • Bridgepoint on the acquisition of Quilter and the subsequent bolt-on of cheviot Asset Management
  • Montagu Private Equity on the acquisition of the College of Law and the acquisition of the CAP business from Emap
  • HgCapital on the combined acquisition of the Iris Software Group ("ISG") and Computer Software Group ("CSG"), two separate businesses structured as one operating group
  • The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of Spanish media and telecommunications company, Telecable
  • The consortium of Axa Private Equity and Permira on the acquisition of online travel agency Opodo and subsequent integration with eDreams and Go Voyages 

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