‘The most tonto year ever’: the story behind a frenetic 12 months for private equity – and what’s next

‘The most tonto year ever’:  the story behind a frenetic 12 months for private equity – and what’s next

‘Ten years ago, PE didn’t do take-privates that often; what’s changed over the last five years in particular is that they are now completely accepted as buyers of public businesses. All the regulatory authorities get it, the banks understand it, so there’s no limit on the deals.’ So comments David Higgins, Kirkland & Ellis private …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Nick Withers, Shearman & Sterling – partner since 2020

What has been the absolute deal highlight of your career so far and why? The refinancing of Eddie Stobart plc in late 2019 was a real highlight. Being able to navigate a complex situation, working as an integrated team with our financing colleagues, and deliver a great result for our client was very satisfying, doing …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Caroline Rae, Herbert Smith Freehills – partner since 2016

Deals Yearbook 2022: Caroline Rae, Herbert Smith Freehills – partner since 2016

Why did you decide to become an M&A lawyer? Was there anyone in particular who inspired you early on in your career? Once I had decided to become a lawyer there was never a doubt that I would specialise in M&A. When I was younger, I wanted to be in the cCty and to work …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Fionnghuala (Finn) Griggs, Linklaters – partner since 2017

Deals Yearbook 2022: Fionnghuala (Finn) Griggs, Linklaters – partner since 2017

Why did you decide to become an M&A lawyer? Was there anyone in particular who inspired you early on in your career? I started off my training contract with Linklaters sitting in the M&A team and quickly realised that I really valued and enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with clients on strategically important transactions, …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Derek Tong, Linklaters – partner since 2019

Deals Yearbook 2022: Derek Tong, Linklaters – partner since 2019

Why did you decide to become an M&A lawyer? Was there anyone who inspired you early on in your career? I sat with the M&A team in my second trainee seat and within a fairly short period I knew that I really wanted to qualify into that team. It felt like the M&A lawyers were …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Alex Tilley, Allen & Overy – partner since 2020

Deals Yearbook 2022: Alex Tilley, Allen & Overy – partner since 2020

What has been the absolute deal highlight of your career so far and why? Advising Liberty Global on its fixed and mobile UK telecoms joint venture in the UK to create what is now Virgin Media O2. We negotiated the transaction over a relatively short period right at the start of the first Covid lockdown, …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Claire Coppel, Allen & Overy – partner since 2020

Deals Yearbook 2022: Claire Coppel, Allen & Overy – partner since 2020

Why did you decide to become an M&A lawyer? Was there anyone in particular who inspired you early on in your career? I loved the buzz and fast pace of corporate finance and M&A on my vacation scheme and during my training contract. I was particularly inspired as a trainee and junior associate by the …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Hyder Jumabhoy, White & Case – partner since 2019

Deals Yearbook 2022: Hyder Jumabhoy, White & Case – partner since 2019

What has been your deal highlight over the last 12 months and why? 2021 was a monumental year for White & Case’s EMEA financial services M&A practice, and for me personally. In 2021, our London M&A team advised on > $25bn of financial services M&A deals and I advised on my 65th financial services M&A …

Deals Yearbook 2022: Murray Cox, Weil – partner since 2016

Deals Yearbook 2022: Murray Cox, Weil – partner since 2016

Why did you decide to become an M&A lawyer? Was there anyone in particular who inspired you early on in your career? I did my training contract at a firm in South Africa where I had a lot of exposure early on in my career to different kinds of work. I saw then that doing …