Our Private Equity Group is one of the largest specialist teams of private equity lawyers in the UK.

We advise investors, banks, management teams and private equity-backed businesses on a full range of transactions and related work. The team takes pride in the added value we deliver which is in turn valued by our clients, whether it is our sector insight, comprehensive programme of training and seminars, or, importantly, the strong working relationships we build.

From our offices across the UK, the AG Private Equity Group is one of the most active in terms of deals completed in the middle-market. We regularly work alongside leading private equity houses, including 3i, CBPE, ECI, Equistone, Graphite, Inflexion, LDC, Livingbridge, NorthEdge and Phoenix. We also regularly advise vendors and management teams on larger transactions opposite upper-market private equity sponsors.

Core areas of focus:

  • Buy-outs
  • Venture and development capital
  • Public to privates
  • Exit transactions (sale and initial public offerings)
  • Portfolio management
  • Fund formation
  • Secondary (portfolio) acquisitions

More on our approach, clients, and previous experience can be found below. Alternatively, you may wish to contact a member of our team now.

Another area of focus:

Extensive experience

In a competitive and established market, AG recognises that technical ability is a given within the industry. AG, however, goes further and has developed a deeper understanding of how clients operate from both a commercial and legal perspective and identified ways to add real value for them. Examples include:

  • Sector insight. Our firm-wide focus on key sectors including retail and consumer, healthcare, energy and financial services helps us to identify and assess transaction opportunities
  • Deal origination. We use tools such as our online CV register to identify potential management buyouts (MBO)/management buy-ins (MBI) candidates and our divestment tracker updates clients on larger corporates that are required to dispose of businesses as a consequence of competition law
  • Know-how and training. We offer comprehensive training in key areas for the current market environment to clients via general seminars and tailored training
  • Investing in client relationships. We use regular update meetings, secondments and comprehensive post-transaction reviews to ensure that we tailor our services to client needs
Case studies

Our client and case highlights include advising:

  • ECI on its investments in Media iQ, Make It Cheaper and Edenhouse
  • Phoenix on its investments in Key Retirement Group, Rayner Surgical and Sygnature Discovery
  • Synova Capital on its investments in Syslink and All Clear Insurance
  • Inflexion on its investments in Radius Payment Solutions, Cawood Scientific, Medivet, and Lane, Clark and Peacock
  • LDC on its investments in ChargePoint Technology and Fishawack
  • 3i and LDC on the sale of MKM Building Supplies to Bain Capital
  • Cairngorm Capital on its acquisition of Thornbridge Sawmills
  • Elysian on its investment in FastFlow Group
  • NorthEdge on the buyout of Future Industrial Services
  • Accel-KKR on the buyout of Reapit
  • Kurt Geiger on its sale to Cinven
  • ECI on its secondary MBO of Evans Cycles     
  • ECI on the sale of Citation to Hg Capital
  • Aspen Pumps on its secondary MBO backed by 3i        
  • Kerridge Commercial Systems on its secondary MBO backed by Accel KKR
  • Inflexion on the sale of CTC Aviation
  • LDC and Scottish Equity Partners on the MBO of SSP Group
  • Synova Capital on its investments in Stackhouse Poland and DeFaqto
  • CBPE on its investment in Allied Glass Containers
  • Equistone on its investment in life sciences firm Concept Life Sciences and subsequent bolt-on acquisitions
  • Phoenix on its investment in exhibition organiser Closer Still and subsequent sale to Inflexion
  • North Edge Capital on its investment in chemical manufacturer Fine Industries and subsequent sale, and on its circa £66 million acquisition of soft tissue converter Accrol Holdings and subsequent IPO
  • Inflexion on the MBOs of Natural Products Worldwide and CTC Aviation Group
  • Livingbridge on its investments in Sykes Cottages, Nigel Frank International, Onyx Group Ltd and Inoveight, and on the sale of Nexus Vehicle Rental to Bowmark Capital
  • 3i on its disposal of RBG Ltd to Stork, and on its development capital investment in Go Outdoors
  • LDC on its investments in Waterfall Catering, Stroma, ATG Access, Mini-Cam Holdings and WRG Creative Communications
  • Endless on the acquisition of Kiddicare from WM Morrison Supermarkets and its subsequent disposal, and on its acquisition of Bright Blue Foods and BBG Group & Ink Publishing
  • Smedvig Capital on its investments in Vive Unique, Quill and Trialreach
  • Admiral Taverns on its sale to Cerberus Capital Management and subsequently to Proprium           
  • Travel Counsellors on its investment by Equistone Partners Europe
  • Bridges Ventures on the sale of a majority stake in The Gym to Phoenix Equity Partners and investments in Vegetarian Express, Wholebake and Clothingsite.co.uk
  • Management of RL360 on its spin-out from Royal London backed by Vitruvian Partners
  • Call Credit management on the sale of Call Credit to GTCR
  • Kurt Geiger on its secondary MBO backed by Graphite Capital and subsequent spin-out backed by Sycamore Partners
  • CAP on its investment by Montagu and subsequent sale to Solera
  • Brookson on its investment by Riverside
  • Gresham on its investment in IESA and on the sale of Marston Group
Achievements and testimonials
Real Deals
  • UK's 'Legal Adviser of the Year' at the Private Equity Awards 2016 and 2017 
  • 2015 private equity law firm of the year
  • 2017 private equity law firm of the year
Legal 500 (2017)
  • Tier 1 ranking for middle-market private equity (UK) in the latest edition of The Legal 500

Chambers UK (2018)
  • "They're just very knowledgeable, very hands-on and very commercial."

Key contacts

Meet the team
Yunus Seedat

Yunus Seedat

Partner, Corporate and Commercial

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Mike Hinchliffe

Mike Hinchliffe

Partner, Head of Private Equity

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Paul Medlicott

Paul Medlicott

Partner, Private Equity
Manchester, UK

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David Kirchin

David Kirchin

Divisional Managing Partner, Corporate and Commercial

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