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Gregory Crookes

Gregory Crookes


Gregory Crookes

Greg Crookes specialises in leveraged buy-outs, corporate carve-outs and other complex M&A. He acts for a range of private equity and corporate clients and financial institutions, is known for being hands-on dealmaker without losing sight of the big picture, and has substantial experience on both the buy-side and sell-side.

  • Advising Darling International Inc on its EUR€1.6 billion acquisition of Vion Ingredients. VION Ingredients has 58 businesses and approximately 5700 employees worldwide 
  • Advising the KKR, Silverlake, Bain Capital, Apax and AlpInvest consortium on their acquisition through a controlled auction of NXP Semiconductors from Royal Philips
  • Advising Sanoma Corporation on the acquisition though a controlled auction of the free-to-air TV business of SBS Broadcasting in Belgium and the Netherlands and related consortium agreements with fellow investors
  • Advising 3i on the acquisition of Dockwise, the heavy transport group, from offshore services company Heerema Group and Norwegian maritime group Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and the subsequent reverse take-over by Dockwise of Sealift Ltd, the Norwegian shipping group
  • Advising DIC Corporation and its subsidiary SunChemical on a swap transaction with The Valspar Corporation across 31 jurisdictions

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Cape Town (Bachelor of Commerce) 1990
  • University of Cape Town (MA) 1996
  • Partner at Bernadt Vukic Potash & Getz, South Africa 1999
  • Joined Clifford Chance Amsterdam 2000
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2002
  • Partner since 2008

Professional bodies

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Cape Law Society (South Africa)

Awards and citations

  • Clients laud Gregory Crookes for being "great at pushing deals forward," and add that he "really takes your interests to heart." He acts for clients on a range of transactions in the telecommunications, life sciences and manufacturing industries.
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • Gregory is valued as "a very capable negotiator and a crisp and clear communicator, with a practical and pragmatic approach"
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • "Gregory Crookes is "strong on overseeing complex situations". He advised a consortium of private equity groups on Nielsen Holdings' secondary public offering on NYSE."
    Legal 500 2013
  • One client comments: "He really understands the commercial implications and can think outside the box."
    Chambers Europe 2011