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McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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Eleanor West

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Corporate/private equity.


Eleanor advises clients on UK and international private equity investments and buy-out transactions, acting for institutions and management teams. Eleanor also advises corporate clients on cross-border merger and acquisition, joint venture, and restructuring matters.


The Law Society of England and Wales, 2006; partner 2015.


King’s College, London (1999 LLB); BPP Law School (2003 LPC).

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The standard of service at¬†McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery high quality, with an exceptional price to performance ratio‚Äô. The practice has significant experience in high-value cross-border M&A; sector strengths include energy, healthcare, life sciences and asset management. The transactional practice is headed by¬†Mark Davis,¬†who recently advised KP Snacks on its acquisition of Tangerine Confectionary‚Äôs popcorn business, Butterkist. The practice is noted for its strength in the emerging markets, with¬†Rupert Weber¬†a noted expert in the African markets.¬†Weber recently acted for the Oppenheimer family on the restructuring of its existing joint venture with Temasek and the setting up of a new joint venture for investing in consumer, healthcare and other businesses in Africa. On the real estate side, Weber and¬†Eleanor West¬†advised Prime Kapital on a joint venture with MAS Real Estate to create a ‚ā¨260m Central and Eastern European commercial property business.¬†Stuart Mathews¬†is recommended as an ‚Äėoutstanding corporate lawyer with excellent knowledge in other areas; he is down to earth, and service minded‚Äô.¬†Lisa O‚ÄôNeill¬†has particular expertise in the oil & gas sector, and recently represented Actuant in the sale of its Viking Sea Tech business to Acteon Group, which provides mooring solutions for the offshore oil and gas market. Counsel¬†Elisabeth Moseley¬†and¬†Alan Gar¬†joined in April 2017 from¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†and¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†respectively. Peter Crichton¬†joined the following month from¬†CMS.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's work covers a broad spread of transactions, including buyouts, recapitalisations, bolt-on acquisitions and exits. It is particularly well-known for its cross-border work, which includes advice to UK-based investors on outbound transactions across Europe and further afield, as well as assisting overseas-based investors with investments into the UK. In addition to acting for private equity houses, the firm generates mandates from ultra high net-worth family offices, management teams and target companies, among other clients. The firm handles transactions across a wide range of sectors, with healthcare and life sciences being a particular area of strength. In 2017, Eleanor West led a multi-disciplinary team, which advised Connecticut-based private equity fund Great Point Partners on the acquisition by Softbox Systems (a portfolio company of Great Point Partners) of TP3 Global Holdings, as well as related finance issues. Another deal involved Piero Carbone and associate Linda Zeman working with the Milan office to assist BlueGem Capital Partners with acquiring a 70% stake in home fragrances manufacturer Dr Vranjes Firenze. Carbone and Zeman are 'particularly good at taking a commercial and pragmatic view in complex situations'. Mark Davis leads the London team and is also a co-chair of the global private equity group.

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