Alistair is a corporate partner in the London office of Osborne Clarke and head of the UK Corporate team. He has expertise in relation to UK and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions (acting for financial sponsors, vendors and management teams).

Alistair has advised on multiple transactions across many different sectors, including technology, retail and consumer, healthcare, industrials and media and entertainment.

In 2020 Alistair was named as one of Legal Week's 25 Private Equity Rising Stars. The list recognises the best up and coming UK PE talent, and Alistair was praised for his high profile transaction work and being "so supportive" to his clients. In 2023 Alistair was recognised by MergerLinks in its "Rising Stars: Top UK PE Lawyers" list. The list honours the top 30 young lawyers most active on UK private equity deals.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

I am actively involved in our trainee recruitment process, where I champion diversity, inclusion and equality. I am also a keen supporter of our gender equality network, Osborne Clarke Gender, our LGBT+ network, Osborne Clarke Pride and, as a father to a young family, our family and carers group, Osborne Clarke Family and Carers.

"Alistair Francis is praised by clients for his work in this space"

"Most of my work is with Alistair Francis...I lean heavily on [him] and find [him] to be commercial, pragmatic, diligent and always have the best interests of [his] client at heart."

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Lucid Group

Advised Lucid Group (backed by ICG) on its acquisition of leading consulting firm, Synetic Life Sciences. 

Centralis Group

Advised Centralis (backed by CBPE) on the expansion of its business by welcoming Wheelhouse Advisors to the Group.


Advised Tenzing and management shareholders on the sale of CitNOW to Livingbridge and Tenzing's reinvestment.


Advised Livingbridge and Tenzing backed portfolio company, CitNOW Group, on five bolt-on acquisitions.


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