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Private Equity: Founder and management advisory

The private equity arena is a complex and competitive one. Founders and management teams stepping into this world for the first time face a demanding and unique set of challenges.

Our Private Equity group has established itself as a market leading founder and management advisory practice, expertly guiding clients through the structuring and negotiation of even the most complex transactions. For most, private equity deals are an exceptional event in their business and personal lives.

The numerous challenges involved in successfully concluding a private equity deal heightens the need to seek out specialist advice. Whether you are facing an approach or starting a process, our specialists – including our market leading employment, tax and benefits groups - have a wealth of experience to draw on. Our founder and management advisory specialists will join the planning and negotiating process from the outset, simplifying transaction complexities and anticipating potential issues.

At Mishcon de Reya, our focus remains on the individuals behind the deal. We understand that the line between business and personal can often blur and that each member of the team will have their own hopes, fears and ambitions as the deal moves forward. Understanding these personal aspirations and concerns, enables us to guard our clients' interests and help navigate every transaction to their advantage. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say 'It's business. But it's personal'.


  • Advising management on the MBO of On the Go Tours, which was backed by Alcuin Capital.
  • Advising the management of Weird Fish on the secondary MBO backed by Total Capital Partners
  • Acting for the management of Harvey Jones Kitchens on the secondary MBO, funded by AIB
  • Acting for the management team of Agencyport Software Europe Limited on the disposal by Thomas h. Lee to Xchanging plc.
  • Advising management of Village Vet on the sale to Sovereign Capital backed Linnaeus.
  • Advising management of Digital Barriers plc on the MBO backed by Volpi Capital.
  • Advising management of Linpac with respect to the EUR 450m acquisition by Klöckner Pentaplast.
  • Advising the management of Direct Ferries on the buyout backed by LivingBridge.
  • Advising the reinvesting senior management team, led by CEO Dean Westmoreland, on the management buy-out of Omar Group Limited backed by Rutland Partners.
  • Advising the management team on the sale of Simply Business to Aquiline Capital partners and the subsequent sale to The Travelers Companies Inc.
  • Advising the management team of Web Services Integration Limited on the buyout of the business backed by SVG Capital plc.
  • Advised the founder-managers of Ambassador Theatre Group, backed by Providence Equity Partners and Exponent Private Equity on the restructuring of the management function and the associated launch of Trafalgar Entertainment Group. 
  • Advising the founder-managers of Trafalgar Entertainment Group on the investment by Barings Private Equity.
  • Acting for Europe's largest privately owned fishing tackle company, Fox International, on a secondary buyout backed by Mayfair Equity Partners, for £50 million.
  • Advising on the MBO of Hillgate Travel being acquired by Inflexion backed Reed and Mackay.
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