‘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 equity (PE) heavyweight on the ever-increasing influence buyout houses now have on the public markets.

Of course, public-to-privates are nothing new but the volume and profile of deals and the breadth of sectors they are investing across is continuing to rise to new heights. Inevitably, as it does so, many firms are responding by reshaping their corporate practices – not to mention the way they do deals. Continue reading “‘The most tonto year ever’: the story behind a frenetic 12 months for private equity – and what’s next”

Shining a light on the next generation of dealmakers

Shining a light on the next generation of dealmakers

It’s no secret that the M&A markets have been busier than ever of the last 18 months. Here, UK Legal 500 editor Georgina Stanley asked some of those set to dominate the City deal market over the next ten years to take a short break from their negotiations to share their tips for success. All ten of the lawyers featured over the coming pages have demonstrated the client relationship and transactional skills required to secure their spots as Next Generation M&A partners in the UK Legal 500 2022. From the deals that have defined their careers, through to the importance of staying calm in a crisis and the growing significance of ESG considerations and legal tech, they offer their insight into the profession and its future.

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Marching on

Marching on

‘People typically underestimate the innovative powers that are out there,’ reflects Rick van Aerssen, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s global managing partner. ‘The adaptability of society has been significant. The way that the different economies have weathered the storm from the pandemic has been north of what we would have anticipated two years ago. I personally think the same will hold true for any crisis.’ Continue reading “Marching on”

Deals perspectives: Sylvia Andriessen

Deals perspectives: Sylvia Andriessen

In high school I got fascinated by courtrooms, the idea of standing in front of a judge and arguing! I’ve always loved to play with language and debate. I wanted to be in private practice, that was my dream, thinking that I knew what that was, which of course, I didn’t! When you’re so young and idealistic, it was more conceptual, looking for justice, rather than understanding what you really want when you’re 15.

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Deals perspectives: Samantha Thompson

Deals perspectives: Samantha Thompson

I saw a seagull trying to drink a glass of red wine the other day. I was at the House of Lords for an event on ESG governance and standing on the balustrade of the terrace was a massive seagull sticking its beak into a glass of red. It knocked one glass into the Thames and then another. There are so many awful things going on in the world but this kind of thing keeps me amused!

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