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Clifford Chance adds private equity partner Neil Evans to its leading global private equity team

11 November 2021

Clifford Chance adds private equity partner Neil Evans to its leading global private equity team

Clifford Chance today announces that Neil Evans will be re-joining the firm in January 2022 as a private equity partner based in London.

Having originally practised at Clifford Chance, and then Simpson Thacher Bartlett, Neil Evans re-joins from Mayer Brown's private equity practice having advised on transactions with a range of clients, including Blackstone, KKR and Bain Capital.

Neil Evans's appointment reflects Clifford Chance's continued investment in its global private equity practice. A market leader since the private equity industry's inception in the 1980s, Clifford Chance has over 700 private equity lawyers globally and the team supports clients throughout the world's major financial centres and emerging markets. Recent highlights include advising on Clayton, Dubilier & Rice's bid for Wm Morrison Supermarkets; KKR and Roompot on the envisaged acquisition of Landal GreenParks from Platinum Equity; Cinven on the acquisition of a majority stake in True Potential, a wealth management company; Blackstone on the public takeover of NIBC Bank; EQT on the initial acquisition and recent IPO of Azelis on Euronext Brussels. Advising Permira and Cinven-backed Allegro, on its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the second largest capital raise in Europe at the time of launch; and Permira-backed alterDomus on its strategic acquisition of New York-based technology provider Investors Economic Assurance.

Clifford Chance Global Head of Private Equity Jonny Myers comments: "Holistic, high quality and commercially-focused experience and insight has been at the heart of our private equity practice since we began working alongside the pioneers of the industry. Now more than ever, this is what the sector needs, and Neil Evans will play a key role ensuring that we remain best placed to support private equity as it plays a transformative role in the global economy. I am delighted to welcome home Neil Evans, and we look forward to continuing our success together."

Neil Evans adds: "Returning to Clifford Chance feels like coming home. Having had a great start to my career at the firm, I am excited to be able to bring the benefit of my experiences in the wider industry back to work alongside familiar faces. A pioneer in the sector, Clifford Chance has enviable European and global capabilities, and I look forward to working hand in hand with my new colleagues and clients on the investments that will shape the future."

In addition to the recent hires of partners Mark Aschenbrenner and Volkmar Bruckner, Neil Evans's hire follows the returns of Clifford Chance alumni Toby Parkinson and Benjamin de Blégiers.

Clifford Chance's pre-eminent global private equity team advises across the private equity life cycle from fund formation, investment through public and private M&A, all types of debt and equity financing, restructurings and exits through M&A and to the public markets. Central to this is the firm's integrated team of global M&A, debt financing, capital markets, ESG, antitrust, regulatory, investigations and disputes experts. The firm's financial investor client base is diverse and includes private equity houses, multi strategy asset managers, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, sovereign wealth investors and pension funds. Clifford Chance provides expert advice on market terms across all investment and realisation activity.