Clifford Chance

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We have been advising on private equity transactions since the first buyout and development capital deals in the early 1980s and our clients benefit from our longstanding focus on this area and deep understanding of the industry.

Our award-winning, multi-disciplinary team advises financial investors across the globe on a diverse range of buyout deal types, (MBOs, MBIs and BIMBOs), secondary and follow-on transactions, take privates, joint ventures, PIPEs and pre-IPO and cornerstone investments, with a particular focus on large, cross-border transactions. Our team includes experts in both bank lending and capital markets financing to ensure that we deliver the best finance solutions.

We also advise our clients, who include various pan-emerging markets financial investors and development finance institutions, on growth capital transactions in the emerging and growth markets. Our extensive experience in this area, familiarity with the various local legal, regulatory and business landscapes, and close links with local counsel in all the key jurisdictions mean we can provide expert advice on the particular deal dynamics and issues that can arise.

The quality of our practice is reflected in the longstanding, close relationships we have established with our private equity clients, who include many of the world's leading financial investors.  It is also recognised in our repeated top tier rankings in key regional and global legal directories and numerous award wins, which include European Law Firm of the Year (Transactions):

  • Private Equity International Awards: European Law Firm of the Year (Transactions): for the last thirteen years running (2001 – 2013) and Asian Law Firm of the Year (Transactions) in 2006, 2009 and 2012-13
  • Legal Business Awards: Private Equity Team of the Year 2014
  • Financial Times and Mergermarket European M&A Awards: Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year 2013
  • Private Equity Africa Awards: Advisor Awards for Transaction Services (2012, covering the period 2001-2011) and for Legal Services (2013)