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 post-transaction integration. This comes with it more scrutiny on the portfolio company and its exit-readiness, as well as its risk profile and ESG performance during the life of an investment

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Our focus areas

We offer our clients bespoke business solutions to help them navigate challenges, realise ambitions and further accelerate growth.

Management advisory

We understand that the senior management team is crucial to the success, not only of any corporate finance process, but to the performance of an investment.  We are experienced in advising Private Equity-backed portfolio companies and their management teams and recognise that management need to be appropriately included in any process, and incentivised by it, but equally they must not hold up any transaction or risk its success. We know our way through these issues and can offer unconflicted, specialist advice

Post-acquisition Integration

When looking to grow your business through acquisition, it is crucial to ensure that your acquisition aligns to the strategic and operational objectives of your business. We believe that post-acquisition work should begin well in advance of binding bids being approved, ensuring that integration is a prime focus and that results are delivered by the time your business returns to business-as-usual.

Portfolio Company Focus

We advise Private Equity-backed portfolio companies and their management teams. We have a significant specialism in bolt-on and buy-and-build M&A for portfolio companies.

Our recent experience

Access UK Ltd

Advising Access UK Ltd (backed by TA Associates and HgCapital) on numerous acquisitions over a significant period of time, including the acquisition of Legal Bricks, an online property search platform, and Oosha, an integrated cloud IT services provider, as part of its buy-and-build investment proposition.

Agilio Software

Advising Agilio Software (backed by August Equity) on the acquisition of INICA’s specialist cloud-based dental software modules, and MyHRtoolkit, which provides secure HR software.


Advising AirIT (backed by August Equity) on the acquisition of companies such as MFG UK, a managed IT, cyber security and communication specialist, and Infinity IT Solutions, which provides IT support and maintenance.

Our people

Our award-winning and highly commercial Private Equity team is focused on advising Private Equity backed portfolio companies and their management teams. Our team has seen steep organic growth over the past 5 years, having expanded its ranks to service a growing roster of prestigious clients. We have a significant specialism in advising on bolt-on and buy-and-build M&A for portfolio companies. We have also developed technology-enabled solutions to enhance portfolio company reporting and compliance.

What sets us apart is our ability to support our clients at every stage of the investment cycle, from the initial deal through to portfolio integration post-completion and ongoing management of portfolio companies.

While our team’s credentials are backed up by legal directory rankings and awards, what we believe is more valuable is the depth of our experience; we’ve taken the time to really understand the challenges faced by PE-backed portfolio companies and their management teams face and have developed practical and innovative solutions to support their needs. With seven offices nationally, our lawyers are able to provide the City quality service that a PE backer would expect, without the City firm price tag.

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What our clients say?

The skill, experience and expertise of the firm was just as good, if not better than the mid-market (silver circle) firms we typically work with but the value was far better given the charge out rates are more competitive.

Legal 500 2021

Brilliantly practical and give their views on what clients should consider and do (rather than just “seeking client instructions”).

Legal 500 2021

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