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Kevin McCarthy

Partner, Chair of Corporate

Personal Profile

Kevin is a Partner and Chair of the Corporate department. With over 20 years' experience in M&A and private equity, he has built a strong reputation in both UK and international transactional work.  Kevin's clients include business owners, equity investors, family offices, corporates and management teams. His practice spans a wide range of sectors including technology/software; hospitality & retail; sport & leisure; media & entertainment and financial services. Kevin is a member of the Firm’s team focussing on the law and regulation surrounding Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).   

On joining the Firm in 2005 Kevin established the Firm's Private Equity Group and guided it to its current position as a leading, mid-market, management advisory practice, leading to him being named in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2021, which recognises the most daring, creative and innovative lawyers. The Legal 500 identifies Kevin as a leading Private Equity lawyer, describing him as "responsive, very capable and solution focused".

Clients look to Kevin for strategic counsel and tactical input on a wide range of commercial and legal matters including transaction negotiations and related disputes. Much of his activity is international in its nature, in relation to which he has particular experience in the Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He advises overseas clients on UK matters as well as UK parties on their international investment strategy and activity.

Kevin is a Notary Public and also currently sits as a director of Union Chapel, a leading live events organisation which funds and supports associated social and charitable programmes.

Key Experience

  • Advised the sellers of Devitt Insurance, the UK's leading motorhome and top-four motorcycle insurance broker, on its sale to Gallagher.
  • Advised the management team (led by Richard Brindle) of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited in connection with the launch of its new Managing General Underwriter – one of the largest MGUs globally.
  • Advised Arc on its acquisition of Arc International Tableware UK Limited, strengthening its position as a major brand in the foodservice market for professional glassware.
  • Advised Leasys UK Limited on its acquisition of Easirent (ER Capital Ltd), a leading provider in the short-term rental and mobility sector in the UK.
  • Advised Repairify, Inc. on its acquisition of the Red Group, a provider of aftermarket electronic devices designed to run diagnostic tests and calibration services on automotive electrical systems.
  • Advised Naviga Inc on its acquisition of Urdgrup Limited and Abacus Media, a SaaS digital subscription and audience insight supplier.
  • Advised the principal sellers of Calastone, the world's largest funds network, on the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group.
  • Advised Advanced Computer Software Group Limited on its acquisition of:
    • Hudman Solutions
    • Science Warehouse Limited
    • Oyez Professional Services Ltd
    • CareWorks Technology Holding Limited
    • Clear Review
    • Trinity Software Limited
    • Isosec Limited
    • BKSB Limited
    • Cloud Trade Technologies Limited
    • Smart Apprentices Limited
    • Decision Time Limited
    • The National Will Register Limited
  • Advised numerous stakeholders in the Formula One and wider motor sports sector, including:
    • Marussia Motors, on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Virgin Formula 1 racing team (which became Marussia F1 Team) from Lloyds Development Capital.
    • the joint administrators of the Force India Formula One Team in relation to the sale of the team's business and assets to Racing Point Limited.
    • Marussia F1 Team on all aspects of its participation in the F1 championships (2011-2014) including various transactional and operational matters: the purchase of the Formula 1 business of WRT Technology Limited, driver contracts, fundraising, sponsorship agreements and regulatory issues.
    • the joint administrators of Manor Formula 1 Team in relation to the cessation of the team.
    • the joint administrators of the Caterham F1 Team in relation to FOM and FIA contractual matters and driver contracts.

Career History

Partner, Chair of Corporate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Ashurst
Qualified, McGrigor Donald
Glasgow University LLB (Hons)
St John's College, Oxford - BCL

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