Ian Shawyer

Ian Shawyer

Head of Private Equity & Financial Sponsors

Ian is a partner and Head of the Private Equity & Financial Sponsors Group.

With over 20 years' experience in private equity, Ian specialises in complex cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.

Ian is a longstanding and trusted advisor to pan-European and international corporates, institutional investors, alternative asset managers, senior management teams, founders and investee companies for both transactional and advisory matters.

Ian has in-depth experience advising on a full range of transactions including leveraged buyouts, consortium deals, bolt-on acquisitions, carve-outs, co-investments, minority deals, recapitalisations, divestments, distressed M&A, public-to-privates, joint ventures, reorganisations and restructurings.

Ian also advises the firm's global asset management clients on GP-stake transactions, GP succession planning (including restructuring ownership and governance arrangements) and structured secondary market liquidity solutions (including GP-led and LP-led secondary transactions).

Industry recognition

  • Ian is ranked Band 1 for Private Equity: Mid-Market by Chambers and Partners.
  • Ian is recommended for private equity in The Legal 500 UK 2018.
  • Ian is ranked as a 'Highly Regarded Lawyer' for M&A and private equity work in the UK by IFLR1000 2019.

Other roles and background

  • Ian is a member of the Travers Smith partnership board and one of the trustees of the Travers Smith Foundation.
  • Ian trained at Travers Smith and became a partner in 2007.

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