Private equity – sponsors

Private equity investment is all about long-term return, so structuring the investment terms to achieve that outcome is vital. Our specialist team of private equity lawyers provides results-focused advice throughout the investment lifecycle, from deal structuring to exit. We advise on all aspects of an investment, including setting up new funds, buy-outs, exits and bolt-on acquisitions, as well as on a range of operational and structural challenges, such as tax and employment. We help with around fifty private equity deals a year and our team spans Europe and the West and East coasts of the US, allowing us to work seamlessly across borders.

In 2018 we advised on private equity transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of £3.5 billion.

Osborne Clarke is a highly effective and valuable partner that has supported us through a number of recent transactions. The private equity team has consistently demonstrated a balance of highly professional technical rigour and commercial pragmatism which is extremely helpful in concluding a successful deal” – James Blake, Partner, Growth Capital Partners LLP

Above all, we’re used to providing pragmatic commercially focused advice within tight deadlines and high-pressure negotiations, remaining focused on your objectives throughout the deal, and beyond. Our work for equity investors, investee companies, banks and vendors and strategic partners keeps us tuned into the market ensuring our advice is based upon the most up-to-date market knowledge.

The more trust you have in your legal team’s experience and commercial acumen, the more confidently you can approach a deal. We have the knowledge and experience you can rely on from start to finish.

Their ability to draft is top-notch and they give a masterclass in negotiation. They’re polite, friendly and engaging, and aggressive when needed. We got a fantastic result.” – Chambers UK

You get good, down-to-earth common sense, commercial pragmatism and they are very straightforward to deal with. You also get access to properly experienced lawyers with the maturity to advise, including good access to partners.” – Chambers UK 2019

They have real expertise on private equity deals. They are professional and produce very good work.” – Chambers UK

This powerhouse enjoys a good reputation for its high quality client base and ‘commercial’ partners, ‘professional’ approach and a ‘deep bench’ of lawyers across the ranks are matched by respected market knowledge of the banking scene.” – Chambers UK

…they [Osborne Clarke] were available at short notice as the deal ebbed and flowed, and brought a calm and experienced voice to the table.” – Chambers UK


Alcuin Capital Partners

Advised Alcuin on its acquisition of Jenkins Shipping Group.

Caledonia Investments plc

Advised Caledonia Investments plc, on its £152.5m sale of Choice Care Group to iCon Infrastructure Partners, IV L.P.

H.I.G European Capital

Advised H.I.G European Capital on the sale of Brand Addition to Elysian.


Advised Tenzing Private Equity on its investment in Ticketer, the UK’s leading provider of bus ticketing technology.


Advised LDC and management on the sale of Snell to Belden Inc.

RJD Partners

Advised RJD Partners on its acquisition of provider of high quality training and apprenticeship schemes Babington Group.


Advised NVM and Newco on the MBO of Presteigne Broadcast Hire one of the market leaders in the broadcast equipment hire sector in the UK.

Alcuin Capital Partners

Advised Alcuin on its acquisition of Servelec Controls from Montagu Private Equity owned Servelec Group.


Advised leading equity investor, Mobeus on its £14 million investment into Geotech, read more.


Advised Synova and management on the sale of Meritsoft, a leading provider of intelligent software solutions to global capital markets participants, to Cognizant.


Advised Synova on its investment to Mediatonic, a leading global developer and publisher of video games.

De A Capital, Hunt Capital and IP

Advised on the sale of fast growing orthopaedics firm Corin Orthopaedics to Permira.

Growth Capital Partners

Advised Growth Capital Partners on the MBO of Indigo Telecom, leading global telecom services delivery partners.



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