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Private Equity
Private Equity

Private Equity

Allen & Overy's Private Equity team has unmatched expertise advising clients on complex cross-border transactions. We draw on the firm's sector knowledge and unique global footprint to create bespoke solutions for our clients.

We advise the most prominent sponsors in the private equity market, as well as portfolio companies and other finance providers, on all forms of private equity transactions.

Our capabilities include advising on buyouts, exit strategies, co-investments, hybrids, minority interests, consortium arrangements, management equity, portfolio restructurings and secondaries.

The firm has dedicated teams in all major financial centres, creating a fully-integrated network of transactional experience to provide the highest quality commercial advice to our clients.

The combination of our market-leading M&A, equity, hybrids, loans, high yield, securitisation and investment funds expertise, along with complimentary practices such as tax, antitrust and foreign investment, financial regulation, pensions, employment and incentives and real estate, makes us one of the few firms able to provide a truly full service global offering  and to advise across the capital structure.

This, combined with our sector specialists, particularly in highly regulated areas, means that we offer clients an unparalleled level of service and execution.

To support our clients, the firm’s best in class network of international offices covers Europe, the US, APAC and the Middle East. A&O’s international network comprises more than 40 offices globally – the largest footprint among the leading global law firms.

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News and insights

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Publications: 13 February 2023

Podcast: Selecting your Fund Domicile - Luxembourg

In this podcast, A&O Partner Kamar Jaffer (Dubai) and Counsel Miao Wang (Luxembourg) discuss the key legal and regulatory trends in Luxembourg, a popular onshore jurisdiction for fund establishment.…

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Publications: 09 December 2022

European sponsors seek value through complexity amid debt market volatility

Europe’s exposure to the war in Ukraine has hit its syndicated debt markets hard. The flow of funds will return – but in the meantime sponsors are pursuing ever-more complex deals to create value.

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Publications: 07 July 2022

The growth of growth capital: how will the market develop?

There has been an explosion of interest in the growth capital market in recent years, with numerous new investors raising billions of dollars for investment in earlier stage companies positioned for…

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Publications: 07 July 2022

What protections are available to investors on minority deals?

There was a time when many private equity firms would only invest in a business if they could take full control. Not so anymore. Over the past five years, we have seen a marked increase in deals where…

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Awards and accolades

  • Ranked No. 2 for European financial sponsor deals by value (Refinitiv, 2019 and 2020)
  • Ranked Band 2 for Private Equity Buyouts: High-end Capability (Chambers UK 2022)
  • Ranked No.2 for European Private Equity by value (Bloomberg M&A League Tables 2019)