Chris Manning Partner

Chris is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity and growth capital. He advises companies, individuals, management teams and institutional investors on all aspects of private equity transactions, including MBOs, MBI’s, bolt-on acquisitions, investments and exits.
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Chris has a broad range of experience across several industry sectors but has particular experience in the technology and healthcare sectors and is a member of the firm's technology sector core team.

Chris regularly advises PE houses in the mid-market and lower mid-market such as Elysian Capital, FPE Capital, Pelican Capital and bd-capital, as well as growth capital providers such as BGF. Chris has also advised management teams on several large cap PE deals.

"Chris Manning has significant transaction experience and gives well informed and well judged advice, again, always with a focus on excellent service levels. He is a pleasure to work with and a very capable lawyer and we hope will stay in the UK buyout market for many more years to come."

The Legal 500 UK 2024
  • Management advisory and bolt-on acquisitions
  • Private equity

CVC Capital Partners

Advised the management team of RiverStone on its US$750 million acquisition by CVC Capital Partners.

Patricia White’s

Advised the management team of care agencies Patricia White’s and Country Cousins on the acquisition of the companies by Limerston Capital from Saga plc.

Management team

Advised the management team of Almatis on the sale by Dubai International Capital to OYAK.

Management team

Advised the management team of Busy Bees on strategic investment into the Group by Temasek.

Management team

Advised the management team of Emerging Markets payments on the sale of the company by Actis to Network International.

bd-capital 

Advised Ascenti, a portfolio company of bd-capital on its acquisition of Six Physio.

bd-capital 

Advised bd-capital on its deal with Bridgepoint Development Capital to merge their respective portfolio companies, SportPursuit and Private Sport Shop, to form Sportscape Group.

FPE Capital

Advised the Codestone Group, a portfolio company of FPE Capital, in relation to its acquisition of Clarivos, a specialist technology consultancy for the office of the CFO. 

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Bowmark capital

Advised Bowmark Capital on investment into portfolio company Pirum Systems from Hg. 

FPE Capital

Advised FPE Capital on its growth investment into Global App Testing.

Pelican Capital

Advised Pelican Capital on its investment into and subsequent sale of Yourparkingspace to Flowbird Group.

FPE Capital

Advised FPE Capital on its investment into Dynamic Planner, a software provider to the UK wealth management sector.

bd-capital

Advised bd-capital on its deal with Bridgepoint Development Capital to merge their respective portfolio companies, SportPursuit and Private Sport Shop, to form Sportscape Group.

FPE Capital

Advised the Codestone Group, a portfolio company of FPE Capital, in relation to its acquisition of Clarivos, a specialist technology consultancy for the office of the CFO.

Pelican Capital

Advised Pelican Capital on its sale of Wheelhouse Advisors to Centralis.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital on its acquisition of Fastway Couriers, one of the largest courier businesses in Ireland.

bd-capital

Advised Ascenti, a portfolio company of bd-capital on its acquisition of Six Physio.

FPE Capital

Advised FPE Capital on its investment in Egress, a cloud and data migration specialist.

Pelican Capital

Advised Pelican Capital on its initial investment in Atec.cloud, a UK cloud service provider.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital on its investment in Gravity Global, a digital marketing business.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital on its acquisition of Wholebake.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital on its acquisition of Eton Bridge Partners.

FPE Capital

Advised FPE Capital on its investment in Codestone, a business applications and cloud services platform

Bowmark Capital

Advised Bowmark Capital, the mid-market private equity firm, on its backing of the buy-out of IWSR, a research platform for the US$1.5 trillion global alcoholic beverage market.

FPE Capital LLP

Advised FPE Capital on the management-led acquisition of MaxContact, a leading Manchester-based SaaS contact centre and customer experience platform.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital on the secondary buyout of Aspirations Care, a specialist provider of supported living centres for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, from August Equity.

Pelican Capital

Advised Pelican Capital, the private equity firm, on the acquisition of Wheelhouse Advisors, formerly Cordium Accounting.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital on the acquisition of travel management company Key Travel and subsequent bolt-on of Netherlands headquartered Raptim.

FPE Capital

Advised FPE Capital on the acquisition of human capital management SaaS company Kallidus, the bolt-on of Advorto and subsequent disposal of Kallidus to Apse Capital.

Alexander Mann Solutions Limited

Advised Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) the talent management business backed by OMERS Private Equity, on its acquisition of The Up Group, a digital search, advisory and networking firm.

FPE Capital

Advised FPE Capital on its investment in Kallik, a leading provider of labelling and artwork management SaaS solutions.

Elysian Capital

Advised Elysian Capital, and the management team of the company, on the £103 million sale of Wellbeing Software to The Citadel Group, a company listed on The Australian Stock Exchange. 

FPE Capital LLP

Advised FPE Capital, a software and services focused lower mid-market growth investor, on its growth capital investment in Togetherall, an online mental health platform.

Pelican Capital

Advised Pelican Capital on its investment in YourParkingSpace, the provider of a peer-to-peer online parking marketplace in the UK. 

Tecnon Orbichem

Advised the shareholders of Tecnon Orbichem on its sale to Forest2Market and Fisher International, two companies backed by Battery Ventures. 

  • Technology
  • Healthcare

Advising FPE Capital on the acquisition of human capital management SaaS company Kallidus, the bolt-on acquisition of Advorto and subsequent disposal of Kallidus to Apse Capital.

Advising FPE Capital on its investment in Kallik, a leading provider of labelling and artwork management SaaS solutions.

Advising the management team of Emerging Markets Payments, the leading Africa and Middle East payments business, on the sale of the company by Actis to Network International.

Advising Elysian Capital on its investment in Wellbeing Software Group, a market leading healthcare IT group focused on the provision of software solutions and services to hospitals throughout the UK.

Advised Bowmark Capital on investment into portfolio company Pirum Systems from Hg.

Advised FPE Capital on its growth investment into Global App Testing.

Advised Pelican Capital on its investment into and subsequent sale of Yourparkingspace to Flowbird Group.

Advised FPE Capital on its investment into Dynamic Planner, a software provider to the UK wealth management sector.

Advised the Codestone Group, a portfolio company of FPE Capital, in relation to its acquisition of Clarivos, a specialist technology consultancy for the office of the CFO. 

Advised FPE Capital on its investment in Egress, a cloud and data migration specialist.

Advised Pelican Capital on its initial investment in Atec.cloud, a UK cloud service provider. 

Advised FPE Capital on its investment in Codestone, a business applications and cloud services platform.

Elysian Capital

Advising Elysian Capital on the secondary buyout of Aspirations Care, a specialist provider of supported living centres for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, from August Equity.

CareTech

Advising CareTech on a number of acquisitions including Selwyn Care, Spark of Genius, The Oakleaf Group and RoC North West.

Age UK

Advising Age UK Trading CIC on the disposal of personal alarm business Aid-Call to AXA.

Focused Healthcare

Advising the shareholders of Focused Healthcare, which provides care services to children and young people with complex, acute and chronic illnesses, on its sale to Voyage Care.

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