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Private Equity

The private equity sector is dynamic and fast paced. We can help our clients navigate the opportunities and challenges that this presents. Allen & Overy provides clients in the private equity sector with both sector insights and creative legal advice that will help meet these challenges.

The group is truly global and comprises sector specialists from across all our practice areas and offices who work in partnership with clients to help them achieve their commercial objectives.

Our approach to private equity as an asset class combines disciplines and provides legal solutions for all advice needed on any private equity investment or activity across a variety of sub-sectors. We advise on the full private equity life cycle from fund formation, capital deployment to acquisitions, public-to-privates, debt and equity financing to restructurings, portfolio management and exits. 

We provide commercial advice to a variety of financial investors including private equity sponsors, asset managers, portfolio companies, infrastructure, real estate and pension funds on direct investments (both control and minority positions) as well as co-investments.

News & insights

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Publications: 08 JULY 2020

A market utterly transformed, as M&A deals stall

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has brought the global M&A market to a juddering halt and is likely to radically change dealmaking for the foreseeable future.

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News: 19 JUNE 2020

Global trends in private M&A: Covid-19 update

We have recently produced an updated client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Over the last eight years, we have analysed almost 1,300 private M&A deals that Allen & Overy advised on…

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Crashing waves

Publications: 22 APRIL 2020

Private equity’s upstream journey

Private equity interest in the E&P industry soared in the wake of the 2014 oil price crash. However, renewed appetite for upstream assets was not only predicted on exploiting commodity cycles.

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Publications: 04 OCTOBER 2019

Outstanding performance by A&O in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2019 with an outstanding performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and…

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Recognition