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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.

Meet the next big thing

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Explore the digital asset companies joining Cohort 7 of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation hub

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Read our insights into the issues that sponsors, investors and companies should consider

News and insights

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Publications: 05 October 2023

Continuation funds provide valuable source of liquidity in uncertain markets

With assets hard to price, managers of closed-ended funds face a difficult choice when they reach their investment horizon. Here we explore the dynamics of one potential solution – continuation…

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Publications: 06 July 2023

Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds reshape global M&A terms

Flush with cash and increasingly sophisticated, Middle Eastern SWFs are investing across a broader range of assets and markets than ever before. But a landmark EU regulation presents challenges for…

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Publications: 06 July 2023

Public-to-private deals present a target for arbitrage funds

Investment bankers report more take-private deals as macro conditions supress equity prices. This is set to spark activity among arbitrage funds – particularly in markets with favourable regulatory…

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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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Awards and accolades

  • Ranked Band 2 Private Equity: Buyouts: High-end Capability (Chambers UK 2023)
  • Ranked Band 2 Banking & Finance: Sponsors (Chambers UK 2023)
  • Ranked No.1 (by deal count) and No.2 (by deal value) Sponsor Backed Borrower’s Legal Counsel (Debtwire Western Europe Leveraged Loans League Table Report 2022)
  • Ranked No.1 (by deal count) and No.2 (by deal value) Sponsor Backed Lead Bank’s Legal Counsel (Debtwire Western Europe Leveraged Loans League Table Report 2022)
  • Ranked 2nd for Europe M&A (by value) (Refinitiv Q4 2021)