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Shimin Lee

Shimin Lee


Shimin Lee

Shimin Lee specialises in advising private equity sponsors on domestic and cross-border M&A. Shimin has extensive experience advising on all stages of the investment cycle, including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and minority investments, management incentive arrangements, refinancings and corporate restructurings.

Shimin was listed as a Private Equity Rising Star in Europe by in 2021 and 2023.

  • Cinven on its investment in True Potential
  • Cinven on its pre-emptive acquisition of JLA from Hg Capital
  • Cinven on its acquisition of AXA Life Europe
  • CVC and Cinven on their acquisition of the NewDay Group for £1.1 billion
  • Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners on their acquisition of Allegro
  • Cinven on its £1.6 billion disposal of Guardian Financial Services to Admin Re, a division of Swiss Re
  • Blackstone on the acquisition of CRH Europe Distribution for an enterprise value of €1.64 billion
  • KIRKBI and the Consortium consisting of KIRKBI, Blackstone and CPPIB on £4.77 billion take private of Merlin Entertainments plc
  • Elliott Advisors on the recapitalisation of Wasabi
  • Elliott Advisors on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Waterstones Booksellers
  • Waterstones, an Elliott Management Corporation portfolio company, on the acquisition of the high street book retailer W. & G. Foyle

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Career and qualifications

  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (Bachelor of Laws LLB) 2012
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2013
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2015
  • Seconded to Cinven 2017
  • Partner since 2024

Awards and citations

  • "Shimin Lee is very strong. She is a rising star in that team and in the market."
    Chambers 2023
  • Rising Star
    Legal 500 2023
  • Private Equity Rising Star in Europe in 2021 and 2023