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Tim Wright

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate/private equity.


Head of European private equity. Tim has extensive experience in private equity transactions of both a cross border and UK nature. His client base comprises a mixture of private equity houses, management teams, corporates and portfolio companies. Key clients include Duke Street, European Capital and Partners Group. Deals completed since his arrival at DLA in September 2014 include: advising European Capital on the sale of Farrow & Ball; acting for Meantime Brewery on the sale to SAB Miller; acting for Duke Street and Partners Group on the acquisition of Voyage Healthcare Group.


Trained Eversheds; assistant solicitor 1994-1997; a ssistant solicitor Clifford Chance 1997-2001; partner 2001- 2004; partner SJBerwin (now KWM) 2004-2014; partner DLA Piper 2014 to date. Publications of note: Auction sales chapter for Global Law’s ‘Private Equity Exits: A Practical Analysis’.


Law Society.


St Bartholemew’s School, Newbury; Exeter University (1986 LLB Hons); Birmingham College of Law (1991).


Family, walking, beekeeping and birdwatching.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The ‚Äėproactive, exemplary‚Äô department at¬†DLA Piper¬†has ‚Äėgreat bench strength‚Äô. It is well known for its TMT expertise, though it also acts for high-profile clients in sectors including energy, financial services and transport.¬†‚ÄėIncredibly responsive, thoughtful‚Äô and ‚Äėvery experienced global co-chair¬†Robert Bishop¬†and¬†Mark Chivers¬†led the team advising Heineken Group on its offer to acquire the securitization group known as ‚ÄėPunch Taverns A‚Äô from Patron Capital. Head of M&A for EMEA and Asia Pacific¬†Jon Kenworthy¬†worked alongside¬†Tim Wright¬†on the sale of Miller Homes Holdings to a Bridgepoint Capital entity for ¬£669m, advising the selling shareholders and the management team on their investment into Newco. Managing director¬†Charles Severs,¬†who ‚Äėalways ensures that services are delivered as promised‚Äô, advised Menzies Aviation on the acquisition of ASIG from BBA Aviation for $202m.¬†Jon Hayes¬†acts for clients including Etihad Airways, GE, UNICEF and Unilever. Also recommended are¬†Robert Salter, who is strong for real estate sector transactions, and¬†Tom Heylen, who¬†is noted for his expertise in working with international corporates and institutions and leading the firm‚Äôs technology initiative in the UK.

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Private equity: transactions

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Tim Wright - DLA Piper

Within: Private equity: transactions

DLA Piper 'balances the desire to negotiate hard on behalf of clients with commercial pragmatism'. Its team includes UK private equity head David Raff, who is 'a real deal do-er' and 'an excellent negotiator - a titanium fist in a velvet glove'. Tim Wright leads the firm's European private equity offering, and acts for clients such as Partners Group, Duke Street and European Capital (which is part of Ares) in many of their most significant transactions. Like Raff and Wright, Edward Griffiths is 'hugely experienced in the private equity world'. The firm is consistently among the most active in the market for UK and European midmarket deals; a recent highlight involved acting for the founders and management sellers in the sale and reinvestment in Third Bridge Group Limited to IK Investment Partners. Another matter saw Raff and others advise LDC on the disposal of Nexinto Limited (a German-based provider of e-commerce hosting sourcing solutions) to The PlusServer Group. The firm is also a strong performer in the large-cap arena, as was evidenced when Griffiths, Wright and senior associate Philip Allenby acted for Paysafe Plc's management team in the acquisition of the company by CVC and Blackstone for £3bn. The group also advised the management team of Holland & Barrett on the £1.8bn acquisition of the business by LetterOne Retail. Anu Balasubramanian departed for Paul Hastings LLP.

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