Allen & Overy continues investment in private equity with appointment of Karan Dinamani
05 March 2014
Allen & Overy today announces the appointment of Karan Dinamani as a partner in its London Corporate Group, underlying the commitment to growing its private equity practice.
Karan joins from Ashurst and specialises in cross border M&A and corporate finance transactions, with particular focus on advising private equity houses. He has worked on numerous high profile deals for clients such as Apax, Nordic Capital and Terra Firma.
Karan will be part of A&O’s global Private Equity Sector Group, which has adapted to the changing needs of private equity players across leveraged finance, high yield, funds structuring and buyouts. A&O’s private equity and funds teams advise on all forms of private equity transactions from buyouts, sponsor exits and portfolio restructurings to fund establishment, and secondaries to infrastructure private equity.
Richard Browne, managing partner London Corporate, said: “This appointment further strengthens our unified PE offering spanning the corporate and finance practices. It comes at a time of increased levels of activity in the sector. Recently, increasing confidence in the markets has triggered a rise in PE-backed IPOs which we expect to continue.”
A&O has advised on several recent high profile European PE deals including: OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO) on their GBP935 million acquisition of Vue Cinemas from Doughty Hanson (the largest management buyout in the UK last year); Advent on the USD1.6bn public takeover of Unit4; and PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH on the EUR2.45bn acquisition of GBW AG from BayernLB.