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Ed Griffiths

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Work 020 7796 6647
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Ed has significant experience advising on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions for both sponsors and management. During his career, Ed has worked with leading private equity houses including Apax, Barclays Private Equity (now Equistone), Blackstone, Bregal Capital, Bridgepoint, Caird Capital, Duke Street European Capital, GE Equity, Graphite Capital, Opengate Capital, TA Associates and others, and the management teams of numerous private equity backed businesses including Asteral, ATPI, Moonpig, Rated People, Sophos, Tideway Systems, Yo Sushi and Yotel. Ed led the DLA Piper team acting on the sale of David Lloyd Leisure Group to TDR Capital (a £750m deal) and he recently advised Duke Street and Partners on their investment in Voyage Healthcare (a £375m deal). He has gained unique experience dealing with hostile shareholder issues having been retained to advise the board of a company which was subject to some of the most high profile shareholder litigation relating to a private company takeover in the UK in recent times. Ed coleads DLA Piper’s corporate group’s technology sector group in EMEA and is a member of the firm’s global technology sector leadership team. He is also involved in the firm’s manufacturing and health and leisure sector groups.

Career

Trained at SJ Berwin, qualified 1999. Made partner at DLA Piper 2008. Ed started his training contract at SJ Berwin in 1997. He left in 2005 to join DLA Piper as a senior associate (just after DLA’s tripartite merger with Gray Cary and Piper Rudnick in the US) and was made a partner in 2008.

Languages

English.

Member

Appointed to the BVCA’s (British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) prestigious Legal and Technical Committee in 2014.

Education

Dr Challoners Grammar School, University of Birmingham: BA Hons (History) 2:1; College of Law: CPE/LPC.

Leisure

Long distance triathlon, tennis, windsurfing.


London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

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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