The term 'private equity' encompasses a variety of investment transactions, including senior level debt or equity investments, second tier or 'mezzanine' investments, management buyouts and minority equity investments.

Investments range from development finance for a business with a limited track record, to raising capital and loan finance for established businesses to support strategic acquisitions.

The award-winning Private Equity team at Birketts has a full understanding of the aims and objectives of private equity investors, and therefore fully appreciate the dynamics of a private equity deal, whether on buy-side or sell-side. 

Our focus is always on the points that matter, which we complement with up to date knowledge of market practice. Our private equity lawyers frequently advise each type of party to a private equity transaction. We will look after all of the moving parts, project managing the transaction to successful conclusion. We have the skills, the experience, the personnel and the right tools to deliver complicated equity transactions on time and on budget.

Our work includes advising on transactions ranging in size and complexity from multi million pound investments by private equity funds to start-up venture capital for new or young businesses.

Our work for private equity funders includes advice on equity, quasi-debt funding and dovetailing with debt funders and management teams as necessary. We also advise management teams in relation to management buy in and buy out transactions, as well as business owners (often in the context of succession planning) who are considering selling their business to a management team. Our advice to management teams and portfolio companies means our involvement does not end with a successful transaction; we continue to work with our clients throughout the investment and on to their eventual exit.

Each transaction has its own challenges and nuances and we know that speed and accuracy are often paramount to the commercial aims. Our highly experienced team thrives on providing clear and specific advice to achieve the objectives of those involved. We handle every aspect of the transaction from the financing to regulation, tax structuring and employee incentivisation.

Our sector experience 

  • Automotive 
  • Financial services 
  • Food production and processing 
  • Healthcare and care homes 
  • Insurance 
  • Real estate 
  • Retail 
  • Technology 
  • Transport and logistics 

Private equity fund clients

Our private equity fund clients include the Business Growth Fund, Cambridge Capital Partners, Mobeus Private Equity, and Palatine Private Equity LLP. 

Useful links

Companies House
The Takeover Panel
Office of Fair Trading
The British Venture Capital Association

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