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Private Equity and Financial Sponsors Group

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Our market leading practice has been helping clients to implement innovative strategies and structures for over 20 years, and we continue to be involved in many challenging and ground-breaking deals.  We are the largest transactional team of private equity lawyers in the City and acted on over £17 billion of private equity backed transactions last year.


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Co-Head of Corporate

Paul Dolman

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+44 (0)20 7295 3274

Paul trained at Travers Smith, became a partner in 2006 and Head of Private Equity in 2014. Paul specialises in UK and international buy-out work and acts for institutional investors and management teams on investments and divestments, as well as private equity-backed companies on M&A and other corporate matters.

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We cover all types of private equity transactions: buy-outs, public-to-privates, portfolio management, recapitalisations and exits by sale to trade/financial buyers or by IPO. Our expertise reaches far beyond investment work, drawing on the skills of all of our specialist practice areas within tax and finance.

In addition, we have a dedicated Investment Funds group that focus on the establishment of private equity funds and the participation in funds by investors.

"Private Equity Team of the year"

Legal Business Awards 2015 and 2016

Recent examples of our work include advising:

  • Bridgepoint on the primary management buyout of the Appleby Fiduciary & Administration Business 

  • 3i Group plc on their investment in Aspen Pumps

  • Exponent and other shareholders on the sale of Trainline to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

  • Silverfleet Capital and the founder shareholders on the sale of Aesica Pharmaceuticals

  • Phoenix Equity Partners on their investment in Riviera Travel

  • Bridgepoint Development Capital on the acquisition of Phlexglobal from Inflexion Private Equity

  • Advised all selling shareholders, including Graphite Capital, on the sale of London Square Development (Equity) Ltd. to funds managed by Ares Management LP

  • Cath Kidston Group Limited and its shareholders including former majority shareholder TA Associates on the investment in Cath Kidston Group Limited by Baring Private Equity Asia

  • PAI Partners SAS on the management buyout of Vacant Property Specialists

  • Lyceum Capital on the sale of Synexus to LDC

  • Patron Capital on its sale of Gracewell Health Care