Dentons has hired SJ Berwin corporate finance partner Nicholas Plant to lead its private equity group in the UK, Middle East and Africa.
Plant’s practice focuses on advising private equity houses on domestic and cross-border leveraged buy-outs. He also advises on general M&A and joint ventures. Most recently, he has been particularly involved in acting for US corporates, healthcare sector clients and on deal-by-deal financings.
Plant has represented some big name private equity clients, including Duke Street last year in its acquisition of LM Funerals for £37.5m and CVC Capital Partners on the $1.7bn acquisition of Samsonite Corporation back in 2008.
Richard Barham, partner and head of Dentons’ corporate practice, said: ‘Nicholas’ first-class credentials coupled with his drive will enable us to strengthen our private equity offering in the UK and beyond. He joins at an exciting time for the firm and will work with private equity colleagues around the world to further develop the Dentons’ global private equity group.’
‘Nicholas’ first-class credentials coupled with his drive will enable us to strengthen our private equity offering in the UK and beyond.”
Plant joined SJ Berwin in 1996 and has been a partner since 2007. His hire comes a year partner Hugh Naylor left the firm to head up the private equity team at boutique corporate firm Trinity International.
Dentons is the new name of the firm formed by the three-way merger between SNR Denton, Salans and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain that went live at the end March.