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Charles Whitefoord

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Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Private equity and M&A.

Position

Charles Whitefoord is a partner in Firm's Corporate Group in London with over 20 years' experience in advising clients on private equity and M&A transactions. He joined the Firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1997. From 2003 to 2008, he was head of Baker McKenzie's Global Private Equity Practice. Charles is primarily focused on leveraged buyouts, investments, acquisitions and disposals for UK and international clients. A large proportion of Charles' work is in relation to cross-border or multi-country transactions with a particular focus on the German market. He has significant experience in the automotive sector.

Career

Articled Baker McKenzie; qualified 1991; partner, Baker McKenzie 1997; seconded to
Baker McKenzie, Frankfurt 1993-94.

Languages

English; German

Member

Law Society of England & Wales

Education

Durham University (B.A.) (1987)


London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Baker McKenzie's 'supremely knowledgeable' global practice head¬†David Allen¬†provides 'a wealth of insightful and well-balanced commercial counsel'. Also praised by clients is 'knowledgeable and responsive' associate¬†James Adams. The firm had a strong 2017 on the deals front, generating work across a wide range of industries, including life sciences, TMT, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, and consumer and retail. It was particularly active in handling deals for Bain Capital; one of the highlights involved Allen (and practitioners from other European offices) advising the client on the sale of the Polish business of one of the client's portfolio companies, Autodis group, to LKQ Corporation. In another matter,¬†Alex Lewis¬†was part of the team which advised Bain Capital on the proposed acquisition, though portfolio company Diversey, of Zenith Hygiene Group Plc. Elsewhere,¬†Tim Sheddick¬†and others assisted Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III with the ‚ā¨1.3bn sale of its interest in Kastrup Airports Parent ApS to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Other active clients include CVC, Nordic Capital, Apax and Bluegem Capital.¬†Karen Guch¬†has more than 20 years of experience of private equity transactions.¬†Charles Whitefoord¬†is another seasoned practitioner.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Richard Blunt spearheads the energy, mining and infrastructure department at Baker McKenzie which was recently strengthened by the arrival of M&A specialist David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . The group recently advised clients on a number of innovative project-financing and high-profile transactions in the power space; Calvin Walker and Marc Fèvre worked with the firm's Frankfurt office to assist Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank as lenders on the financing of a solar photo voltaic plant in Egypt, and Charles Whitefoord represented Lightsource in the creation of a strategic platform with Blackrock Real for the acquisition and ownership of UK solar assets. Also notable is Neil Donoghue who recently oversaw all aspects of the chapter 11 filings of a US manufacturing company - which involved significant regulatory issues in the nuclear space. Other notable clients include BP, Suez and Marubeni whom senior associate Tania Arora counselled on the procurement and decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana.

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