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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Adrian Mayer

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services; corporate.


Adrian is a corporate transactional lawyer and specialises in advising on private equity investments and corporate finance work. He advises on a broad range of corporate and M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital and private equity transactions (including management buyouts), acting for investors, corporates and management teams. His work is both domestic and international. Adrian advises a range of financial institutions, including international private equity fund managers and banks, and also family-owned businesses, large and medium-sized corporates (both public and private) and individuals. He has a proven track record of working with multinational clients undertaking complex cross-border transactions and acting on numerous projects in multiple jurisdictions. Adrian is particularly active in Africa and is very experienced in advising clients on transactions in that region across a number of industry groups and sectors, including real estate and construction, agribusiness, financial services, energy and natural resources, and retail and leisure. He is an active participant in a number of African-focused bodies and a frequent traveller to the region.


African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.


London Business School (Corporate Finance Programme).

London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m

Within: Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Adrian Mayer - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Emerging markets

'The team stands out as being really enthusiastic about the sector, interested in its clients, and motivated to make the transactions work for its clients', remarks one client of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The firm acts for large companies, growth companies and family businesses, as well as creators and owners of private wealth, their families and advisers. In emerging markets, it is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, notably in the financial services, real estate, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led by the 'technically very knowledgeable and very solutions-oriented' Adrian Mayer, handles debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders, as well as advising on the debt finance elements of private equity and fund investments. Head of financial services Jon Bond and head of the firm's Caribbean group Hamish Perry are also recommended.

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