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Simon Tinkler

Simon Tinkler


Simon Tinkler

Simon Tinkler specialises in domestic and cross border public and private M&A with a particular focus on private equity transactions, as well as all aspects of corporate finance work.

Simon has advised private equity houses, corporates and investment banks on a wide range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and disposals, takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, restructurings and refinancing.

  • Kirkbi A/S on the $7.6bn take private of Merlin Entertainment
  • OTPP on its sale of 50% of Intergern, the UK/Australian coal/gal business
  • IIF on its acquisition of a joint state in North Sea Midstream Partners
  • Permira on the acquisition (through an investment partnership advised by Permira) of a strategic stake in Klarna Bank AB from existing shareholders General Atlantic, DST Global and Niklas Adalberth
  • The Baupost Group on its exit by IPO from the Bakkavor Group and the pre-IPO corporate reorganisation
  • CD & R and XXXLutz, the Austrian based 3rd biggest European furniture retailer on their acquisition of BUT, the largest furniture retailer in France
  • Brakes on its sale to Sysco for US$3.1bn
  • Baupost LLC on its investment in Bakkavor Group Limited, a provider of fresh prepared foods.
  • 8 Miles on its investment into Verde Beef Processing
  • Electra Private Equity on the merger of its portfolio companies Park Resorts, South Lakeland Parks and Southview and Manor Park with Parkdean Holidays
  • B&M Retail on its £2.7bn IPO
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice on the £1.2bn sale of British Car Auctions to Haversham Holdings plc via accelerated IPO process
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice on the acquisition of Motor Fuel Group
  • 8 Miles on the acquisition of a significant stake in Orient Bank, Uganda
  • Montagu on its £438m disposal of the mass web hosting business Host Europe to Cinven
  • Montagu on its minority investment alongside KKR in Visma, the €2.5bn Norwegian IT business
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice on its £975 million acquisition of B&M Retail
  • RBS on the US$7bn sale of its aviation capital business to Sumitomo Mitsui
  • Platinum Equity on its acquisition of the CBS Outdoor European advertising business
  • Kirkbi A/S and PAI Partners on the $1.4bn reinvestment and acquisition of Armacell
  • Radius and its shareholders on the disposal of a significant minority stake valuing Radius at over $1bn
  • 8 Miles on the acquisition of a significant stake in Orient Bank, Uganda
  • 8 Miles in connection with its investment in Biyinzika Poultry International Limited
  • Bregal Capital on its sale of Ideal Boilers Groupe Atlantic

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Career and qualifications

  • Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (BA) 1989
  • Trainee, Osborne Clarke 1991
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1993
  • Seconded to British Aerospace 1994
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1995
  • Partner since 2000
  • Head of Corporate, London 2010-2014

Awards and citations

  • Private Equity: Buyouts (UK-wide)
    Chambers UK  - 2014
  • Private Equity – Transactions
    IFLR 1000 UK 2013