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James Renahan

Saturday, 17 August 2019

James Renahan

Private Equity and Financial Sponsors, and M&A
+44 (0)20 7295 3466
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James is a partner in the corporate department at Travers Smith specialising in domestic and international private equity transactions (acting for both institutional clients and management teams) and M&A.

James became a partner in 2011, having joined the firm as a trainee in 2000 and spent a year on secondment at Barclays Private Equity. James formed the portfolio group within the private equity practice and has a wealth of experience in advising private equity-backed corporates throughout their lifecycle.

James is a regular speaker at BVCA and BPP training courses.

Selected deals on which he has worked include the following:


  • 3i Group plc on their investment in Aspen Pumps
  • Darwin Private Equity on their investment in Attenda
  • Phoenix Equity Partners on the acquisitions of Gall Thomson, LK Bennett, Porthaven Care Homes, ERA Technology and Karmarama
  • Civica on numerous bolt-on acquisitions
  • Barclays Private Equity on the acquisitions of Bounty, Hydrasun and Kurt Geiger
  • Equistone Partners Europe on their simultaneous acquisition of Easynet and MDNX
  • Exponent Private Equity on the management buy-out of Ambassador Theatre Group and the acquisition of Pattonair
  • Phoenix Equity Partners on their investment in The Travel Chapter Group


  • Equistone and all selling shareholders on the sale of Easynet to Interoute Communications
  • Sale of Mouchel to Keir
  • Barclays Private Equity and all selling shareholders on the sale of Kurt Geiger to Graphite
  • Livingbridge and all selling shareholders on the sale of Frank Recruitment Group to TPG Growth
  • Intermediate Capital Group and all selling shareholders on the sale of Gaucho Restaurant Group to Equistone Partners Europe
  • Silverfleet Capital on the sale of Office Retail Group to Truworths International
  • Equistone Partners and all selling shareholders on the sale of Audley Travel to 3i
  • Exponent Private Equity and all selling shareholders on the sale of Lowell Financial

Management Advice

  • Management on the buyout and merger of the Lowell Group
  • Management team of Brit Insurance on the successful take private by CVC and Apollo
  • Management on the sale of Wagamama to Duke Street Capital and their subsequent re-investment
  • Management of Quorn on the successful MBO from Premier Foods