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Gideon Sharp

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Gideon is a partner in the corporate group. He specialises in private equity and advising financial institutions (such as banks and hedge funds). Gideon also has significant experience in the life sciences, TMT and energy and infrastructure sectors. He advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, including M&A, equity financing, joint ventures and general company law, often with a cross-border element. Recently, Gideon’s practice has included acting on a number of growth capital and M&A transactions (auction sales, secondary buyouts, public to privates and business sales) including: AnaCap on its acquisition of Cabot Financial and on its acquisition of the IFG International Division, Oak Investment Partners and Goldman Sachs Principal Investment on growth capital transactions and Barclays on its sale of Intelenet (alongside Blackstone) to Serco and on its sale of part of its Indian credit card business. Gideon is ranked in The Legal 500 for private equity transactions.


Trained Simmons & Simmons; qualified into the corporate group 1999; partner 2008; secondment to Barclays Bank plc M&A legal team 2003/04. Publications of note: various PLC and private equity journal articles. Speaker at SuperReturn conference.




Kings College School, Wimbledon; Bristol University (1995 first class BA History); City University (1996 Diploma in Law); College of Law (1997 LPC commendation).


Family, tennis, walking, theatre/cinema.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Simmons & Simmons is 'absolutely superb' in the hedge fund, private equity and fund manager arena, particularly in terms of drafting, structuring and partnership disputes. The team is led by 'hugely experienced' and 'authoritative' Colin Leaver who stands out for his drafting skills. Gideon Sharp advised APG Asset Management on the merger of the Elephant & Castle and "East Village" residential projects to create a £1.4bn joint venture, the partnership of which is structured as a series of separate but interconnected LLPs. 'Excellent tactician' Robert Turner, who is situated within the dispute resolution team, is often instructed on partnership disputes. Predominantly advising clients in the asset management sector on structural partnership issues, 'attentive' and 'business aware' managing associate Tom Fricke is another key practitioner.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Simmons & Simmons undertakes complex mid-cap and large-cap transactions that are connected with the firm's key business sectors, particularly TMT, life sciences, asset management and investment funds, and financial institutions. There has also been an increase in activity in infrastructure and real estate deals. In 2017, Arthur Stewart, who heads up the team in London, was the lead adviser to Veolia on its £735m sale (alongside MF Infrastructure and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure) of shares in Affinity Water Limited to a consortium consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, HICL Infrastructure Company Limited and DIF. Jocelyn Ormond is another notable individual in the group, whose other clients include Brookfield Asset Management, AnaCap Financial Partners and Augmentum Capital. Gideon Sharp heads up the international private equity practice. 

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