Russell trained at Travers Smith and is a partner in the Tax Group. He works almost exclusively in the private equity sphere advising management teams and private equity houses on investment structures, management incentive plans and portfolio company tax issues.
Russell regularly acts for a number of institutional investors including Bridgepoint, Equistone Partners, Exponent Private Equity, Kings Park Capital, Phoenix Equity Partners and Lyceum Capital.
Russell´s recent transactions include advising:
- Livingbridge and selling shareholders of the sale of Frank Recruitment Group to TPG
- Equistone Partners and selling shareholders on the sale of Audley Travel to 3i Group plc
- Phoenix Equity Partners and selling shareholders on the sale of Edif Group Limited to RINA SpA
- ICG and management on the sale of Gaucho group to Equistone Partners
- management of British Car Auctions on its proposed Official List IPO
- management on GIC’s £confidential investment in the RAC
- on Cisco Systems Inc's US$5 billion takeovers of NDS Group Limited
- on the £3.3 billion IPO of Merlin Entertainment Plc
- on the £1.5 billion IPO of Pets at Home Plc
- on the £confidential sale of Trainline by Exponent to KKR
- on the £462 million sale of Premium Capital Limited by GTCR to Cinven
- on the £266 million sale of Cathedral Capital Limited to Lancashire Holdings Limited
- Exponent Private Equity on the purchase of a portfolio of BBC Magazines including the Radio Times
- the management teams of private equity backed portfolio companies in respect of the incentivisation arrangements including Pets at Home, SSPUK, Alliance Boots & British Car Auctions
Russell is a member of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Tax Committee and Personal Tax Sub-Committee. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences in recognition of his expertise, particularly in the private equity sphere.
Chambers UK notes that Russell "is praised for his knowledge of private equity transactions…regularly representing private equity houses and management teams."