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Allen & Overy beats UK rivals to top 2015 deal table for European private equity

11 July 2016

​A&O has been ranked as the top legal adviser for European private equity buyouts in 2015 by Dealogic M&A Analytics both by deal value and deal volume. The team advised on 31 deals across the 2015 calendar year for clients including Apollo Global Management, The Blackstone Group and Carlyle Investment Management.

Corporate PE partner Stephen Lloyd attributed the firm’s recent success to the increased investment in its European offices. He said: "I'm only the latest in a long tail of investment which is paying off, especially in high yield and in France and Germany where we have strong young partners. Benelux has been strong forever and generates a lot of deals. Then there is the investment in London which of course is the cornerstone for euro deals.”

In the biggest leveraged buyout deal of 2015, A&O advised Carlyle on its USD7.4bn acquisition of data storage unit Veritas Technologies from the antivirus software maker Symantec Corporation, opposite Baker & McKenzie. In June last year, the team acted for OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) on its USD1.7bn acquisition of ERM Group from Charterhouse Capital Partners. A&O also advised co-investor AIMCo.

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