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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 utilitiesconsumer.

Recent private equity transactions include advising:

  • Brait on £1.9bn acquisition of New Look
  • Brait on £1.3bn acquisition of Virgin Active
  • The Carlyle Group on its agreement with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, to become a co-shareholder in RAC
  • The Carlyle Group on the sale of Sermenta Group to the Le Mer family
  • Hony Capital on the acquisition of the Pizza Express Group
  • The selling shareholders on the NOK13.8 billion sale of Get AS to TDC
  • IK Investment Partners on the sale of Minimax Viking Group
  • Bridgepoint and Quilter Cheviot on the £585m sale to Old Mutual
  • Eden Springs, a Rhône Capital portfolio company, on the acquisition of Nestle Water’s European home and office water delivery business
  • Charterhouse and Card Factory on Card Factory’s IPO 
  • Apollo, CIBC and all other shareholders on their sale of Burton’s Biscuits to Ontario Teachers
  • Global Infrastructure Partners on the sale of its 50% interest in International Trade Logistics to Terminal Investment Limited SA 
  • Triton Fund IV on the NOK1.926bn acquisition of SB Seating
  • TDR Capital on the acquisition of the IMO Group which owns and operates car washes across Europe and Australia


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