Osborne Clarke has advised UK private equity firm Kester Capital on its investment in GXP Engaged. GXP Engaged is a leading provider of GCP/GVP audits and related advisory services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

This is Kester's sixth investment in the life sciences sector and the second time the recently established Kester Capital III fund has invested in this area. The transaction further demonstrates Kester's leading position as life sciences investors in the UK private equity market.  

GXP Engaged is a fast-growing and international company with offices in the UK, Germany and Austria, providing audit and advisory services to the biopharma market. It now counts several of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies among its long-standing clients. 

The international Osborne Clarke team advising Kester on this investment was led by Private Equity and Corporate Partners Tim Hewens (UK) and Dr Nanni Spitzer (Germany). They were joined by Lorenz Chwaszcza, Johanna Baumann (both Corporate), Florian Merkle, Patrick Seiler (both Tax), Olexiy Oleshchuk, Reinhard Bunjes, Irina Kharag (all Banking), Sebastian Lilje, Frederike Emme (both Employment), Dr Julia Kaufmann, Dr Florian Eisenmenger (both IT), Andrea Schmoll, Marina Fröhlich, Jonas Völkel (all IP), Sebastian Hack, Susanne Schricker (both Competition), Sarah Grigo and Philip Stein (both Commercial) from Osborne Clarke Germany. From Osborne Clarke UK, Alex Littlefield, Harshna Patel, Aisling Farley (all Corporate), David Nisbet, Jonny Squires (both Tax), Laurie Keel, Jon Dodds, Saskia Zant-Boer (all Banking), Julian Hemming and Dan Charie (both Employment) completed the team.

Osborne Clarke’s private equity team is a go-to practice for many companies in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, working with clients ranging from global businesses to fast-growth start-ups. The team advises at every stage of company development across all corporate issues, from equity and debt fundraisings to M&A, IPOs and JVs.

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