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Leveraged Finance

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Our track record in relation to acquisition and bid finance is exceptional.


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Head of Finance

Matthew Ayre

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Matthew became a partner in 2007 and head of the Finance team in July 2014. Matthew specialises in acquisition finance and general financing matters acting for financial institutions, lenders, private equity sponsors, investors and borrowers

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We have gained a formidable reputation advising, in particular, financial buyers and corporates on the financing aspects of M&A transactions, both public and private and in both the UK and overseas.

"This 'first-rate' team is praised for its 'commercial and practical advice' and its 'level of lead-partner involvement'."

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We have advised:

  • Bridgepoint on its acquisitions in the UK of Pets at Home Group, 1st Credit, Fat Face, Pret a Manger and Hobbycraft
  • Bridgepoint on its acquisitions overseas of A-Katsastus and Terveystalo Healthcare (both Finland) and TüvTurk (Turkey)
  • Intermediate Capital Group plc on the acquisition of CPA Global
  • 3i Group on its acquisitions of Hobbs, NCP, Civica and Ultralase and its investments in Chorion and Norman Foster & Partners
  • Exponent Private Equity on its acquisitions of TSL Education, Trainline, Lowell Financial, The Ambassador Theatre Group, Pattonair and BBC Magazines
  • Phoenix Private Equity in connection with its acquisitions of LK Bennett and Expotel
  • Barclays Private Equity on its acquisitions of Kurt Geiger, Hydrasun and The Bounty Group
  • TA Associates on its acquisition of Jupiter Asset Management and investment in Utimaco Software AG
  • Lyceum Capital on its acquisitions of The UK Drainage Network, McKinnon & Clarke and Carewatch Care Services
  • Darwin Private Equity on its acquisition of Hampson Aerospace Machining
  • Macquarie Bank/Macquarie Capital Alliance Group consortium on the acquisitions of BBC Broadcast, Moto and Talarius
  • Peel Ports on its acquisition of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, using a £1.17bn facility arranged by Bank of Scotland
  • Silverfleet Capital on its acquisitions of Office and Aesica
  • A syndicate led by Royal Bank of Scotland as lenders in connection with the acquisition of CapQuest by Towerbrook
  • Pace plc on its $450m facilities to acquire 2Wire
  • Bridgepoint Development Capital on its acquisitions of Lumison (with subsequent bolt-ons), BAS and Evander
  • Carlyle on its acquisition of The Foundry