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Chris Boycott

Corporate Partner, London

“I focus on the full spectrum of private equity and financial sponsor transactions. I aim to provide, clear, direct, commercially-oriented advice to help clients successfully and efficiently pursue their businesses.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Chris advises private equity houses, financial sponsors and investment managers on public and private M&A, joint ventures and restructuring transactions across a broad range of sectors, notably the financial institutions, industrials, consumer and healthcare sectors.


Chris completed a secondment to Bridgepoint in 2011.


Work highlights

Chris has led, or been a key adviser, on a wide range of financial sponsor transactions. These include advising:

  • Advent International on its takeover offers for Cobham and Laird
  • Hg Saturn and the consortium on the £1.3bn buyout of IRIS Software Group 

  • Cerberus on the acquisition of Worldwide Flight Services

  • BC Partners on the acquisition of Vet Partners

  • BHL Group on the sale of a 30% strategic interest in the CompareTheMarket group to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • BC Partners and Pollen Street Capital on the £868m hostile offer for Shawbrook Bank
  • The Carlyle Group on: the acquisition of Praesidiad from CVC; the strategic sale of 50% of its stake in The RAC Group to GIC, and the subsequent sale of its remaining interest to CVC; and the £500m recommended offer for The Innovation Group
  • BC Partners and PSP on the acquisition of a majority stake in Keter Group
  • PSP on its strategic investment into Allflex

Professional experience

Chris co-presented the LexisNexis webinar on “Private Equity – issues and trends”, in October 2017.

Education and qualifications

Chris studied law at the University of Warwick.