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Sean Wright

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Sean heads up Shoosmiths' National Private Equity practice and leads the South Corporate team, covering its Solent, Thames Valley and Milton Keynes offices. Since joining Shoosmiths in 2004 Sean has built the private equity team into the first class national practice it is today.  Acting for equity providers, management teams and financial sponsors the team have a unique national footprint, with a top class equity offering across the UK from Manchester to Solent.

Major deals where Sean has recently acted include:

  • Acting for August Equity and the management shareholders on the disposal of the entire share capital of Planit Holdings Limited to Vero Software.
  • Acting for Ageas (UK) Ltd on the £215 million acquisition of Kwik Fit Financial Services Ltd and the £53 million acquisition of Castle Cover Ltd.
  • Acting for LDC on its buyout of Vysionics - deal value undisclosed and on the buy out of A-Gas - deal value £ 70 million.
  • Acting on the Bowmark led buy out of Glenside Care Group.
  • Acting on the HIG Capital acquisition of Aircom International - deal value undisclosed.
  • Acting for the August Equity and the selling shareholders on the secondary buy out of Lifeways Community Care by OMERS Private Equity for an undisclosed sum.
  • Acting for management on the MBO of Davies Group by Electra Partners in a transaction which saw LDC exit.
  • Acting on the £4.2 million development capital investment in the Benefex group by the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

Sean qualified in London in 1990, gaining practical experience with a year’s secondment to Shell International Plc. He then moved to Addleshaws, specialising in corporate finance. In 1994 he joined regional law firm Blake Lapthorn in Hampshire, where he went on to head the firm’s corporate finance practice in Southampton. He joined Shoosmiths in 2004 as an Equity Partner.


Trained Boodle Hatfield; qualified 1990; corporate solicitor Addleshaw Booth; corporate partner Blake Lapthorn 1995-2004; corporate partner Shoosmiths 2004.


Wolverhampton Grammar School; Sheffield University; Law School, Chester.


Golf, skiing, cricket, football and rugby.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire

Within: Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire

Shoosmiths LLP's practice has a strong reputation in the venture capital, private equity and mid-market M&A arenas. Its team acts for management teams, SMEs and both national and international entities, with particular experience of advising technology sector clients. The head of the national private equity group is Sean Wright, who acts for private equity investors, management teams and portfolio companies. Stephen Porter leads the firm's national corporate division.

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Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Shoosmiths LLP has notable expertise across all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on private equity transactions in the technology and retail sectors. Sanjeev Sharma leads the corporate group and continues to be very active in the venture capital and private equity space.  Nina Smith, who made partner in April 2019 is the other key adviser in the Thames Valley office. Senior associate Kiran Dhesi is noted for her corporate work with large private equity and venture capital clients. Private equity partner Sean Wright heads the southern corporate practice from the Solent office.

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