Private equity and venture capital

Proactive and client-focused, our private equity and venture capital team has a wealth of experience. Our breadth of expertise ranges from seed funding through development capital to management buy-outs and other late stage refinancings across a broad spectrum of industry sectors and jurisdictions.
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By regularly advising on the establishment of private equity funds, we are alive to the underlying pressures on investment managers.

We advise clients worldwide, including:

  • entrepreneurs seeking funding
  • venture capitalists
  • business angels
  • private equity houses
  • high net worth individuals
  • management teams
  • small independent fund managers
  • debt providers
  • pension trustees 

We can help you with:

  • MBOs, MBIs, BIMBOs and LBOs
  • start-up and early-stage investments
  • public-to-privates
  • exits by sale and IPO
  • employment contracts and management incentives
  • debt and mezzanine finance
  • establishment of private equity funds and fundraising
  • PIPE transactions
     
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Chambers UK 2014

Woodford Investment Management

We advised an investee company on a substantial investment into it by Woodford Patient Capital Trust PLC and CF Woodford Equity Income Fund.

STT Telecommunications

We advised STT Telecommunications, the Singaporean-based telecoms company, on its co-investor arrangements with Brockton Capital, the real estate-focussed private equity fund.

Birds Eye Iglo 

We advised on the €800 million purchase of the Findus Italy business from Unilever, backed by Permira.

Qalaa Holdings (formerly Citadel Capital) 

We advised on this acquisition by one of the leading MENA-based private equity houses of a controlling stake in Rift Valley Railway Investments, the concession holding company for privatised railways in Kenya and Uganda.

Seera Investment Bank 

We advised on this secondary buyout of BWA Water Additives by Bahrainbased investment bank’s private equity arm, the first Shari’a compliant secondary buy-out in the UK.

Boxclever

We advised management on its sale by US private equity firms Cerberus and Fortress Investment Group to Weight Partners.

Tchenguiz family trust 

We advised on the disposal of a £28 million stake in FTSE-listed Aberdeen Private Equity Fund.

Welsh Power/Octopus Investments 

We advised on an investment to build and operate a series of sub 20MW power plants.

CapDecisif

We advised on the creation of French venture capital fund FCPR CapDecisif 3, raising €45 million at its final closing.

Arts Alliance 

We have advised on a number of investments including LOVEFiLM, PropertyFinder, Blinkbox, Player X, ALLOW, Arts Alliance Media and Park Circus.

BankInvest and ES Ventures 

We advised on a Series B investment in Atraverda, a company developing low power batteries.
 
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Sean Angle Partner

T:  +971 4 407 3902
M:  +971 55 224 4061 Email Sean | Vcard Office:  Dubai

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Tony Edwards Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2110
M:  + 44 7917 658 751 Email Tony | Vcard Office:  London

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Voon Keat Lai Managing Partner

T:  +852 2533 2790
M:  Email Voon | Vcard Office:  Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai

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Patrick Mousset Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 78
M:  +33 6 83 39 01 03 Email Patrick | Vcard Office:  Paris

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Tom Platts Partner

T:  +65 6622 9641
M:  +65 8233 3245 Email Tom | Vcard Office:  Jakarta, Singapore

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