Chris Boycott

Corporate Partner, London

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

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

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, insurance, 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:

  • Hg Saturn and the consortium on the £1.3bn buyout of IRIS Software Group 

  • Advent International on its takeover offer for Laird
  • 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
  • Brait on the £1.9bn acquisition of New Look and the £1.3bn acquisition of Virgin Active

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.