Private Equity

The private equity market in the UK continues to see record levels of activity.

Funds continue to be raised, new investments made and exits realised.  During the life of an investment we are seeing a greater emphasis on active management of portfolios, a trend of bolt-on / buy-and-build investment propositions and active integration project management.

Why Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey’s award-winning and highly commercial Private Equity team is focused on advising Private Equity backed portfolio companies and their management teams.  We have built a significant specialism in undertaking bolt-on and buy-and-build M&A for portfolio companies, as well as using technology enabled solutions to enhance portfolio company reporting and compliance in a consistent manner.

We will support you with every stage of the investment cycle from the initial deal right through to integration within the portfolio and then ongoing management of the portfolio companies – a capability that we believe sets us apart. Our team credentials are strong and backed up by legal directory rankings and awards. But what we think is more valuable to you is the depth of experience – we’ve spent time really understanding the particular challenges and requirements PE backed portfolio companies and their management teams face and have developed practical and innovative solutions to support. Operating from a regional base means that we can provide value for money, while still providing a City presence and quality that a PE backer expects.


Get a GRIP!

We think we've got the solution for you…

GRIP is an acronym for our tech-enabled Governance Reporting Information Portal. This bespoke product was developed in partnership with Livingbridge, the leading mid market private equity firm with around 40 business investments across multiple sectors.

This platform provides the PE House with a macro view of all its portfolio companies and their compliance via an easily accessible dashboard. For the portfolio company, it ensures ongoing compliance requirements to the PE House are met, and crucially maintains exit readiness in a technology-led manner.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you manage the risk and compliance of your portfolio investments effectively.

Recent corporate deals

Our Corporate and Private Equity teams work with and advise on a wide range of deal activity, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, management buyouts, reconstruction and demergers.

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At Foot Anstey, we’ve invested in our team of finance experts. We hire, develop and retain lawyers with deep specialisms in specific areas of finance law – because we know you need and want more than a jack of all trades.


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Whatever your needs, goals or ambitions our team work hard to tailor services which help deliver our clients’ ambitions at every stage of a company’s journey.


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We think it’s important that we genuinely get to know our clients businesses – that’s how we can deliver value that goes beyond just the monetary.

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The way we live, buy, travel and are entertained – indeed all aspects of our lives – have been transformed by technological and digital advances.

We understand the commercial possibilities of data and seek to support you with the delivery of your data-related business strategy.

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At Foot Anstey our expert lawyers have a holistic approach to helping you manage your intellectual property

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Life as a General Counsel can be tough – balancing dealing with a wide range of proactive and reactive legal issues and risk management on behalf of your organisation, while also dealing with the operational side of the role such as running a team, supplier management, systems, processes and technology.

Our General Counsel services model takes a unique approach to working with you and helping you to address these challenges.