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Private Equity

The private equity landscape is increasingly dynamic, with financial sponsors pursuing more complex acquisitions amid an ever-tougher regulatory environment.

We advise the world’s leading sponsors - as well as portfolio companies and other finance providers - across the investment lifecycle, from fund formation to disposals. 

  • Our multidisciplinary team of private equity specialists comprises lawyers with cutting-edge M&A, equity, loans, high-yield, securitisation and investment funds experience.
  • Their capabilities are complimented by our market-leading tax, antitrust, foreign investment, financial regulation, intellectual property, pensions, employment and real estate practices.
  • This, coupled with our deep sector knowledge and unrivalled reach across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific makes us the firm of choice for the most challenging deals wherever they arise.

We deliver the highest quality commercial advice on everything from growth stakes to co-investments, minority interests, consortium deals, leveraged buyouts, portfolio restructurings and secondary transactions.

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News and insights

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Publications: 28 February 2024

Private equity deals under increasing antitrust scrutiny

Traditionally, private equity firms were seen as benign investors from an antitrust perspective. This is changing. In the past 12 months, PE-funded acquisitions have faced progressively more rigorous…

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News: 13 December 2023

Asset management, life sciences, European P2Ps and generative AI will lead 2024 M&A charge  

Allen & Overy’s latest year-end M&A Insights report looks ahead to where expect to see deal-making activity in 2024. This edition focuses on asset management, life sciences, European public takeovers…

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Publications: 13 December 2023

Europe’s listed companies see brighter prospects away from public markets

Amid tough market conditions public takeovers are on the rise. So, what do potential bidders need to know about the nuances of P2P deals across different jurisdictions?

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Publications: 05 October 2023

The evolving status of restrictive covenants in private equity transactions

The UK government’s proposal to limit the length of non-competes in employment contracts creates legal and practical considerations for financial sponsors.  

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